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Effective library use

Your campus or local library is a wonderful source of both written and visual research opportunities. There is a wide range of material available in General Reference, as well as specific books on periods, artists and designers. Journal articles, databases and websites are also available. You can either use the catalogue Opens in a new window for a focused search, or once you know the area of the shelves you are interested in, try 'shelfsurfing'. You'll be amazed at what you can find.

To make the most of your library, why don't you get to know the Art & Design Librarian on your campus? You can also pick up library information sheets to help you with your searching, especially when using databases, or ask for help at the information desk.

Don't forget to use the subject guides Opens in a new window for Art & Design on the library website. You may also like to check the following links to help you with your research at both the Caulfield (.doc ~683kb) word output and Gippsland (.doc ~683kb) word output campus libraries. The Gippsland library also has a Quickstart Guide (.pdf ~98kb) word output to start you off on your research journey.

The library website is also a great place to learn more about the correct style for referencing Opens in a new window in Art & Design. Check your Unit Guide and with your tutor to determine which style is required, as both Turabian and Harvard are used by your Faculty.

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