Postgraduate Library Guide

A helpful guide for starting your postgraduate studies

Getting started with research

Use the library Help yourself pages and Library guides to start your research.

Library essentials to:

  • Research your assignment
  • Plan your search
  • Evaluate your resources

Our Library guides give you an overview of the best resources for your subject area.

Contact one of our librarians if you need further help.

Access your library expert online

You can request an online consultation with our library experts for specific research needs and in-depth assistance with:

  • Research
  • Database Searching
  • EndNote

Resources to succeed

Find what you are looking for

Start with Library search to find a broad range of resources for your topic.

Discover our collections

Library databases 

Databases allow you to search and access a range of resources, such as journal articles and evidence-based materials.

Other services to help you get the information you need include:

Key terms and phrases

As you progress with your studies, you'll come across many scholarly phrases you'll need to know.  We've put together information on some of the key terms you might come across:


Acknowledging and referencing your sources is an important part of your research.

Different referencing styles are used throughout the University. It's important to know which style your School or Faculty requires for composing your bibliography or reference list.  Ask your Lecturer, Subject Coordinator or Research Supervisor if you are not sure what that style is.

The Library has developed a useful referencing guide and you can access the Academic Skills site in LEO for more information.

Use EndNote to help manage and cite references and build your bibliography or reference lists.

Manage your work

Stay organised and manage your research using the following tools:

  • Saving searches - set up database alerts to stay up to date with research in your area
  • Research data management toolkit - create a data management plan for your research data
  • Statistical and data analysis tools are available to Research students.  Explore the eResearch page
  • Qualtrics - use your ACU username and password to access this survey tool


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Last reviewed: 29 August 2020