Need help finding information for your assignment?

Assessments looming? On the hunt for the right information? At CQUni Library we understand that the weeks leading up to the end of term can be stressful and confusing. That’s why we’re here to share some great library hacks to get you on the road to your best results.

Tip #1. Find peer reviewed articles

Peer reviewed articles are written by expert scholars and have been judged to be academically sound by other scholars, which is why your lecturer will always ask you to use them for your assignment. Find them by filtering your library search to ‘show only peer reviewed journals’.

Tip #2. Access eBooks

Most of the library’s collection is online, including books. Something you might not know about our eBooks, is that they are searchable. Just type your key terms in the ‘search within‘ field to find relevant pages. This trick will save you time and lets you quickly know if you can use it for your assignment.

Bonus tip: eBooks or eBook chapters can be downloaded to be read on your laptop or mobile device, making it easy to read on the go without having to carry heavy books around.

Tip #3. Save your search results

Need to hurry off to class and don’t have the time to look through your search results? No worries – just follow these instructions to save them for later.

Looking for more help?

Don’t panic! Remember you can meet with CQUni librarians online and ask them your questions. They can help you get started on finding information for your assignment and show you the tricks to getting better search results.

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Book an online session with ‘Ask a Librarian‘ to speak to a librarian one-on-one via Zoom. Librarians are available online from Monday to Friday (with extended hours on Tuesday & Thursday) and you can meet with them from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.

Burning the midnight oil with no time for a call? Check out our interactive “How do I” assistant for a guided tour on how to find peer review articles, how to save searches and more! Available from Library Search.

Have a question? Contact us

If you want to know more about the Ask a Librarian sessions or using Library Search, visit the Library help desk on campus or contact TaSAC at tasac@cqu.edu.au or phone 1300 666 620. There is also a number of online resources available at www.cqu.edu.au/Library.

Ashleigh Truscott (https://cqunilife.com)

I am a CQUni alumnus, who graduated back in 2010. Straight after graduating, I took a job in media, and later returned to CQUni working full-time as Student Communications Assistant. I remember all too well the panic fuelled ‘all-nighters’, getting lost on campus, confusion over systems, and the general feeling of being unsure. I'm excited to share my experiences and provide some insights into university life.


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