Research Skills

Where to start?

It is important when researching to access and read a variety of information.
Start with what your teacher provides you with:
-    class notes
-    textbook
-    recommended readings
Then, begin to access other resources to build on your knowledge and research.
Use the suggestions on this page to discover great places to find information.

The Web

The web can be a great place to find information, but it can also a great time waster, too, if you don't know what you are looking for or how to make sure that the information you do find is correct.

Quick tips:

The URLs let you know the publisher type of the information and what country is the host country of that information.

      .edu    =     Education

      .org    =     Organisation

      .gov    =     Government

      .com   =     Commercial

      .au      =      Australia

      .uk      =      United Kingdom

      Websites publised in the United States do not have a country specification at the end of the URL.
For more information on how to evaluate information click on the Evaluate information tab.

Search your Subject Guide

Click HERE to search your Subject Guide.

The Subject Guide provides more course specific information.

You can also search for Books, Articles and eBooks from this page.

Quick search

Library Catalogue
Click on the link above to find what you are looking for in the library collection.

To renew or reserve items please contact the library by phone or email, or drop in to your nearest branch in person. These services will be available online shortly.

To access our extensive ebook collection, click on the link below. Off-campus you will be asked to login with your Student ID and Password:

Ebook Central

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Search the State Library of Victoria online resources

If you live in Victoria, the State Library of Victoria has arranged for you to be able find articles and eBooks from home.  To take advantage of this, you will need to join the library.  Click HERE to sign up.


Sign up for a CAVAL card

"The CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Program is a scheme whereby staff and students of participating academic libraries are able to borrow material from other participating Victorian academic libraries. "

Sign up at any Kangan Library campus to borrow at participating academic and TAFE libraries.  If you are an off-campus student please call us on (03) 9279 2424 or make a request for a CAVAL card on our Ask Us form.

To be eligible you must be a full-time or part-time student or a staff member of Kangan Institute.

All Victorian TAFEs are part of the CAVAL program as well as the Victorian and Tasmanian Universities listed HERE.