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Stories of the Ngunnawal

Each year Australia celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It provides us all with the opportunity to explore the various ways we can join together in a national effort at reconciliation.

Why not use this opportunity to explore the Library’s collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources.

Browse through Stories of the Ngunnawal  or Mununja the butterfly: a Ngunawal Aboriginal story and learn about the Aboriginal people living in and around the Canberra region.

Visit our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Subject guide to find journal articles, dictionaries and web resources available through the Library.

Warning   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that content on this site may contain images and references to deceased persons

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Now that semester has started, are you wondering how to find information for your study and research?

Try our new discovery service UCanFind.

Use it as your starting point to check out what information there is on your topic – journal articles, books, reports, images, media, and more – all in one spot.

Go to to try it out:  UCanFind tag cloud

  1. Enter your search terms (remember, putting in more specific terms will give a more specific result).
  2. On the results page, refine your search by selecting what you need in the left-hand navigation menu under Content type (e.g. journal article, book/eBook, etc.), Discipline (e.g. psychology, etc.), or Publication date, etc.
  3. As you browse the results, you can store items you are interested in by clicking on the folder icon on the right of its title. This stores the selected items in a temporary folder. To view, email or print the list of items, click on the folder icon at the top of the page.
  4. Click on online links to view electronic items, but for print material, first check it’s availability, then take note of it’s location in the Library e.g. UC Library General or Short Loan and it’s call no. e.g. RT41.M493 2011.

Happy searching!


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Summon screenshot

The Library is currently trialling new software which powers a journal article search box on our homepage.


We’d love to know what you think of it! Should we make it a permanent feature?


Fill out our Feedback Form and let us know!


Summon screenshot


Now you can search for journal articles in all databases using just one search box located on the Library’s homepage.

UC Library is trialling a web discovery service which can search all of our journal article databases at once. When using it you can search for journal articles across multiple databases, saving you time and bringing up relevant articles from databases you may not have thought to search in.

For more information or help in using this search service, please see our  search trial FAQ.

If you have any feedback regarding this search service trial, please send it through our feedback form.

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Studious StudentsMore and more journal articles are becoming available electronically. But if you are after an article from a  print journal, follow these steps:

  1. Search for the journal title in the Library catalogue.
  2. Check the holdings to ensure we hold the volume and issue you are after.
  3. Take note of the call number.
  4. Locate the journal on the shelf, find the appropriate volume and issue and look up the article.

For more detailed information, see our Ask-a-Librarian Q&A.

If you need assistance in finding the journal, enquire at the Information & Loans Desk on Level B.



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The Dawn, an early Australian feminist journal published by Louisa Lawson from 1888-1905, was digitised and made available by the National Library of Australia for International Women’s Day 2012.

This project was entirely funded by donations via the Digitise the Dawn campaign.

Access The Dawn via the National Library’s Trove database, which is freely available on the Internet. Trove contains the full content of Australian newspapers from 1803-1954, and the Australian Women’s Weekly to 1982.

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Students working on the Government Business Relations assignment on Plagiarism may be interested in this new ebook:

Plagiarism, the Internet and student learning : Improving academic integrity

If you are having difficulty finding enough material – try searching the Library catalogue using keywords like the name of your intended profession (accounting, business, law, etc) and a term like “ethics” or “research.”

Journal Articles:

Academic Source Complete or Business Source Complete may be good databases to try for academic articles on this topic. You should also look at the relevant subject guide for your profession. Plagiarism in accounting or business could have serious legal ramifications, so it may also be useful to look at databases from the law subject guide. You may also want to try searching for issues such as “copyright” or “fraud” in your profession.

Finally – make sure that you can’t be accused of plagiarism yourself! Make sure that you use references to show where you are quoting someone else’s words or ideas – the Library provides access to referencing guides.

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Research Skills Training

The following free research skills training sessions are still available – please register online to guarantee your place:

  • Finding Journal Articles (50 min.) how to find scholarly journal articles for your assignments using the Library’s online databases.
  • Using References Effectively (50 min.) how to use information effectively in your assignments, reference your  information sources, and avoid plagiarism.
  • RefWorks or EndNote (90 min.) online referencing tools, ideal for second semester and later.
Can’t get to a session? The Library has online training modules that you can complete at your own pace. Please see the Teach Yourself Online Training webpage for more information.
More help? The Academic Skills Centre also offers workshops and study groups.

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The Library’s E-journals, Newspapers & E-books search page has been upgraded.

The search interface now allows a number of different types of searches, via the tabs at the top of the page. A search can be made of all electronic resources,  or limited to a search of either E-journals / Newspapers or E-books.

All tabs also now offer a DOI search (Digital Object Identifier), allowing you to instantly find any article available from UC Library’s extensive electronic resource collection (34811 e-books & 40039 e-journals as of the 30/8/11), with the entry of a single number.

Upgraded E-journals, Newspapers & E-books Web page

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You can access most online Library resources off campus simply by using your UC login. The Library now has access to around 40,000 journals online, and a range of e-books in various subject areas.

When you click through to one of our online resources from a Library page, you should be asked for your UC login and password on an EZproxy page. This will give you access via the Library’s account. If the resource you are using requires a personal login, e.g. a RefWorks account, you will normally enter this on the next screen.

The most common issues are:

  • Not using the links from the Library webpage to access articles. If you Google search for academic information or a particular database, you will not be recognised as being covered by the UC subscriptions and may be asked to pay for articles! Click through from the Library and sign in as yourself to access material for free.
  • Government departments and other areas with ‘firewalls’ sometimes block UC services.
  • Database downtimes – check the Library blog to see if your database is unavailable for maintenance.

If you have any issues accessing UC Library material, please contact the Research Assistance Desk by email, phone (02) 6201 5082, or online through the Chat with a Librarian service.

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