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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Students will be provided with a list of topics in their Unit Outline
  • 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 material in a variety of subjects and formats
  2. apply the principles of conducting an effective reference interview in context
  3. apply principles of advanced and specialised forms of subject indexing, including citation indexing
  4. plan and conduct effective subject searches using automated formats
  5. apply principles of user education philosophy and practice in a variety of library settings.
  • Assignment 1 - Online search and report (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Reference search report (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (40%)

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

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

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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