Find information & get help
Get acquainted with the range of Library services and resources designed to help you with your research.
The Library offers many services to help you with your research, including appointments with expert Liaison Librarians. We also have an online Library Essentials for HDR students course designed to provide HDR students with an overview of the resources, services and training activities on offer. Students will earn a CaRST point on completion of the course.
Library Research Support Framework
Liaison librarian consultations
Each Faculty has dedicated liaison librarians who can help you save time and introduce you to the range of resources and services available for your area of research.
Liaison librarians can:
- Assist with literature searching, including the identification of suitable search tools and the development of effective search strategies.
- Show you how to find usable datasets by identifying relevant datasets or data repositories or introduce you to the wealth of primary source material available via Special Collections and Archives.
- Help you explore the options for managing your research data and publishing, including open access.
- Introduce you to the range of tools available for increasing, and monitoring, your research profile and impact.
Get the articles and books you need
Researchers enjoy generous borrowing time periods and access to the library's requesting system (whereby we deliver books and other items in the library's collections to the library location of your choice - or you can have a scanned copy emailed to you). Learn more about borrowing & requesting.
The interlibrary loan service is available to source books, articles and other materials not available in the library. It is free (unless otherwise stated), and the turnaround times are quick. You can also recommend the library purchase the key books required for your research.
The library has a range of different collections designed to support research (and teaching). Depending on your field of research, you may also like to talk with Special Collections and Archives to discover the wealth of primary sources and other materials held there.
Databases and How Do I guides
The carefully curated How Do I guides provide a handy pathway into relevant resources and literature and how to find the right information.
The Databases by Title and Subject links to all of the current online subscriptions held by the library. You can browse databases relevant to your subject or search alphabetically by title if you already know what you're after.
Systematic reviews are exercises undertaken by researchers to obtain an overview of useful data in a specific research area.
The library offers guides to the steps in this process.
This begins by forming a research question and an objective method to assess it, also known as a protocol. Resource guides are available to assist you in developing this protocol.
Systematic searching is a key step in your systematic review process.
Plan your search strategy by identifying key topics and terminology to form a logic grid. This is used to effectively and efficiently search databases.
Advanced Library Essentials self-guided courses are also available for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
Refer to the Databases and How Do I guides section for further database assistance.
Other forms of searching you can undertake include:
Reference and manage information
Guides to referencing styles and subject specific conventions are available at our How Do I - Reference & manage information guides.
Information about accessing other Australian and international theses is also available.
Questions regarding theses held under embargo should be sent to the Adelaide Graduate Centre.
Face-to-face and online training is available to support your research skills. This includes workshops, lectures and courses that cover discipline essentials and research management modules.
Details of these are available at the library training page.
Upcoming training events and workshops run by the library: