This guide has been designed to provide a starting point for finding and using resources in the VU Library that will support the NSC1210 Skills for the Scientist unit.
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Do you know what you are looking for?
Think about what types of information you would require in order to tackle your assignment, e.g. textbooks, handbooks or manuals, ebooks, research articles, standards, government publications? Write down any significant words (keywords) that describe your topic.
Course or unit coordinators generally provide a list of references (reading material) linked to a unit that is a good starting point for getting familiar with the topic. If the reading list is not provided, then you can start with a textbook, encyclopedia or a subject dictionary to gain a basic understanding of the topic.
Know where to look for information sources
Use the Library Search, the library’s discovery platform to find library resources. The Library Search enables you to search across the range of library’s online and print resources in one search. View the results of your search in the retrieved list of records. Each record gives brief bibliographic details of the item and either a link that provides the full access to the item, or the information about the item’s location including how many copies are available.
The classic library catalogue is still available and convenient as it is the fastest tool for looking up the exact title or the author you are looking for.
Browse the shelves
A number of useful print material is available on the library shelves. A book is shelved according to its Dewey Decimal Classification call number. Call numbers group similar subjects together on the library shelves. View the subject areas and call number ranges that are typically relevant to medicine & health (610), human anatomy, cytology, histology (611), human physiology (612), and others.
Good note keeping is one of the best strategies you can use to maintain academic integrity. Make a habit of recording the reference details (author, date, title, publisher, place of publication, page numbers) for any notes you take during your research. If you copy a quote directly make sure you also note the exact page number. You might like to create a template like the one below to record your notes:
Keeping detailed notes of your readings will help you develop a more sophisticated response to your assignment questions, as well as save you a lot of time hunting for references and page numbers when your assignments are due. Thinking about how you might use the information as you read will help you stay focused and reduce your reading time.
Contact the Learning Hub staff for more advice on note-taking.
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