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Library Services for High School Students: Finding assignment resources

Guide for library resources available to high school students

Finding assignment resources

Introduction

The University Library maintains a large collection of physical items, including over 1.3 million books and over 10,000 journal titles.

So you might ask the question "how do I go about finding stuff?".  The answer is simple, you search our extensive online Library Catalogue (NEWCAT+).  Simply visit newcastle.edu.au/library

We provide access to computers specifically for searching the Library catalogue so you can have access to a range of print and electronic information resources while you are on campus.

 

 

Finding books at UON

Looking for books on a particular topic? Watch the video below.

Type keywords into the Library Catalogue NewCat+ to find a selection of books on a topic.

Tips for books

  • Use quotation marks around the topic to make your search more specific. Example: "Clinical reasoning".
  • The Library catalogue record for the book will include details of editions that are available - look for the latest.
  • For books which are available electronically there will be a link to the ebook provider.  Note that ebooks are only accessible from our dedicated NEWCAT+ terminals on-campus.  We are unable to provide off-campus access.
  • Need to find the book in the Library?

Download our help guide

Finding newspaper and journal articles

Looking for articles on a particular topic? Watch the video below.

Type keywords into the Library Catalogue NewCat+ to find a selection of articles on a topic.

Tips for articles

  • Use quotation marks around the topic to make your search more specific. Example: "fall prevention".
  • The Library catalogue includes both newspaper articles and articles from journals - choose Peer Reviewed to limit to top quality research articles.
  • Note that online journal articles are only accessible from our dedicated NEWCAT+ terminals on-campus.  We are unable to provide off-campus access.

Download our help guide

Using public and other libraries

Public Libraries

Your local public library can be a good way to access journal databases from home.  Contact your local public library to see what access they offer - you may need to become a member to receive access.

State Library of New South Wales

The State Library has an extensive collection of electronic resources for NSW residents.  You can register online.

National Library of Australia

The National Library allows students to apply online to receive a library card.  Access to eresources is restricted to registered users.

See the Database Guide below for more information and contact details:

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organisations.

Try out* Google Scholar using the search box below:

*Note that many resources harvested through Google Scholar require you to pay for access.  When you have found something like this on Google Scholar, try searching our Library catalogue from one of the dedicated terminals on campus.  See the Finding Full-text Guide below for directions.

Useful guides

Hyperjinks High

Hyperjinks High is a learning tool created by UON Library to help students develop information literacy skills that will assist them throughout their school years and beyond.

Hyperjinks High

InfoSkills

InfoSkills

InfoSkills is a self-paced online tutorial that covers 6 modules including planning for research, finding information, evaluating information, writing and plagiarism, and using information ethically.

Select Site Map located at the right hand corner of the screen to jump to a particular section of the tutorial.

Online Resources for Foundation Studies

The Library has two online resources created for students entering UON through pathways programs.  These are also useful for high school students looking for more information.

Foundation Studies Library Guide

Foundation Studies Library Guide

This guide is designed to help students locate academic sources for assignments, including 'unpacking' the assignment question, locating and using quality resources, and referencing.

Foundation Studies Library Guide

Foundation Studies Library Portal

Foundation Studies Library Portal

This website is designed to help students learn about using the UON Library and its services, and includes Academic Skills guides to assist with note-taking, effective reading, essay planning, and more.

Foundation Studies Library Portal

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Open Door Program

UON's high school student borrowing program

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Hyperjinks High

UON's online library and research skills tutorial

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