The library’s top 5 tips to help with your assignments
Assignment due dates are coming up this week. For the past few weeks, we’ve had a lot of enquiries coming through Library Chat asking for tips and advice for how to do well on your first big projects for T1. Not only does the library provide you a great place to study and prepare, but we also offer lots of resources, tools and information to help you do your best with your coursework.
Here are our top five tips to help you with your assignments.
1. Find recommended resources for your area of study
Our expert Liaison Librarians have put together Resource Guides for dozens of schools and courses, complete with recommended books, digital resources, videos, guides and more. Resource Guides are a treasure trove of helpful advice and guidance that will give you a leg up with your studies.
2. Access our huge range of databases
Most of our databases can be accessed by clicking on the database name from our A-Z Databases page, where you can filter your options by subject or format to find what you need. However, some require different login information. If you’re stuck, make sure you browse our ‘Online digital resources passwords’ page for the necessary information.
You can also quickly access popular databases for your faculty area in the Databases tile under ‘Library’ in DeakinSync.
3. Search for resources like a pro
- Type in your search terms:
- You can search by author, title or subject
- For more specific results use AND, OR, or NOT to separate your search terms
- For unit materials, type in your unit code
- Refine your results using filters:
- Target your results by using the filter settings to make preferences like full text (online), source types (i.e. book, e-book, dissertations/theses, newspaper), year of publication and database provider
Watch our ‘Conducting a comprehensive search’ video for more instructions or check out our Skills for study webpage for other resources.
4. Check your copyright
Did you know the library manages all copyright queries for the University? We have loads of information on how you can make sure you’re complying with copyright requirements on our Copyright for Students webpage, including information about using content in your portfolio or essays, copyright and access for students with disabilities, protecting your work from infringement and much more.
5. Talk with your librarian
If you have any queries in the lead-up to your assignment deadline, ask one of our library staff in person if you’re on campus, contact your liaison librarian or query us on Library Chat 24 hours a day. We are here to help you succeed in your studies.