Uni life can be complicated at first, so this site will help make it a little easier to navigate your first semester at Monash. The weeks listed here represent the twelve teaching weeks of semester. Just start scrolling to browse topics to see important deadlines to help you manage your studies each week. 


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Get to know the library

Searching for your key to success for university and beyond? Look to the Monash Library. The Library’s expertly designed programs, resources and services can help you develop your information research and learning skills. These skills will boost your academic performance and help your progression through your studies.

The Library offers all sorts of programs and drop-in sessions, with librarians and learning skills advisers eager to guide you towards your learning goals. And, of course, you’ll discover plenty of online resources.

You can use your M-Pass (student ID card) to borrow books and other items from any of our Victorian campus branches as well as standard and colour printing, photocopying and scanning.

When you visit a branch, bring along your own laptop, or find a Library computer using the Monash Libraries PC Finder.

Programs and drop-in sessions

The Library works with faculties and industry experts to create skill development programs to help you adjust to uni and prepare for your career. These programs may be offered by faculties, University services or directly by the Library.


During semester, you’ll find all sorts of workshops at various campus branches. Topics include:

  • study skills
  • academic reading/writing
  • citing and referencing
  • tutorials
  • note-taking
  • argumentation skills
  • exam preparation
  • search techniques for particular databases or subject specialties
  • EndNote (referencing software)
  • theses on microform.

You can register for one of our upcoming programs on Library class booking system (using the name of your campus library as a keyword, e.g. ‘Caulfield’).

Also, see study skills for valuable academic information to help you in your studies.

Drop-in sessions

To advance your approach to study, come along to a drop-in session. A learning skills adviser and/or a librarian will work with you to develop the information research and learning skills you need to lift your performance on assignments.

These 15-minute consultations are open to all students from week two to SWOT Vac (except during semester breaks). You may attend individually or in a small group. You’ll be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

To find out when sessions are held at each branch, go to drop-in session times.

Outside of session times, you can ask for advice at the Library information point.

Librarians and learning skills advisers

Librarians can work with you on:

  • how and where to start researching your topic
  • effective use of databases and the internet
  • finding, evaluating and using information
  • using the Library’s collections
  • citing and referencing to avoid plagiarism
  • managing your research data
  • using EndNote (referencing software).

Learning skills advisers can work with you on:

  • time management
  • study methods and exam preparation
  • collaboration and teamwork
  • effective listening/reading and note-taking
  • problem-solving and critical thinking
  • reading strategies
  • reflective practice
  • essay, report and assignment writing for assessments and research
  • oral communication and presentation.

To find a librarian or learning skills adviser, go to Librarians and Learning Skills Advisers.

Online resources

To succeed at uni, you need the right skills and strategies for study, assignments, exams and research. Our wide range of online resources will help you achieve your academic goals.

You’ll find the Library’s online resources through the Library website, Moodle and the Library tile on my.monash. They include:

  • Library guides – Use these as a starting point for researching your subject area.
  • Research and Learning Online – Develop and practice your academic skills at your own pace. These online tutorials cover all sorts of essential information (e.g. research and writing in different disciplines from undergraduate to graduate research level).
  • Quick study guides – Use these downloadable, printable guides for a brief overview of a topic (e.g. tackling assignments, writing essays, learning in labs, oral presentations and exam strategies).
  • Learning Capture – If you miss a lecture, check your unit's Moodle page to find out if a recording of it is available online.
  • Reading lists – You can search for your unit reading lists by unit code or name. Developed with your lecturers, these lists will provide links to articles you need to read.
  • Databases – Access specialist information through this guide. You can browse databases by subject or faculty.
  • Search – for electronic books, journals, articles, databases and more.
  • Building the collection – Suggest an item such as a book, e-book, journal, DVD or database be added to the Library collection.
  • Other learning tools – Check out thousands of video courses on Lynda.com and the online materials offered by Essential Academic Skills in English (EASE).

For information, news, advice and tips from the Library, follow the Library blog. You’ll come across articles written by experts on a range of study-related topics.

Library opening hours

Opening hours for the Library branches vary during semester and semester break.