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Getting started with research

Use the library Assessment help pages and Library guides to start your research.

Assessment help has information on:

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

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

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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.

Systematic reviews

Use the systematic reviews library guide to gain an understanding of the steps involved in conducting a systematic literature review, including comparisons to other review types.

Other services to help you get the information you need:

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 style to use.

The Library has developed a useful referencing guide and you can access more referencing information from the Academic Skills Unit.

Manage your work

Stay organised and manage your research using the following tools:

  • Download Endnote from the library to help manage and cite references and build your bibliography or reference lists. We also have information on other referencing tools such as Zotero and Mendeley
  • Set up alerts for your saved searches in databases 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 postgraduate students. Explore the eResearch page
  • Qualtrics – use your ACU username and password to access this survey tool.

The Library also offers online training and events throughout the year, see what's on offer here.