Subject details

  • Topics
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. appraise the various bibliographic devices used to provide access to subject content
  2. apply the principles of conducting an effective reference interview
  3. apply principles of advanced and specialised forms of subject retrieval, including citation based retrieval
  4. recognise the issues and standards related to ethical reference and information services
  5. apply principles and practice of advanced disciplinary subject retrieval.
  • Assignment 1 - Investigation (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

The role of the reference and information service. Basic bibliography. The reference interview. The organisation of subject/discipline access. Advanced search strategies, including their use with automated information retrieval. Planning, promoting and evaluating reference and information services. Digital and virtual reference. Current awareness services. Citation indexing. User education/information literacy. Ethical issues of references services.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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