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University Library Orientation Guide


undefinedWelcome to the Library

Our friendly staff and Librarians are here to support you during your time at Murdoch University. From finding the right resources for assignments to helping you with referencing, our goal is to ensure your study success.

Let’s start with the TOP 5 things the Library can do to help you.

Top Tip #1

Finding resources for your assignments, study and research

Whether you are on or off campus, the University Library website should be your first stop when you need scholarly resources for assignments or research.undefined


Library Search

Library Search is an easy to use research tool that will help you find journal articles, books, ebooks and other online resources. It is your direct path to peer-reviewed academic literature, which will give your work academic authority. Start searching now!

My Unit Readings & High Demand Collection

Another important resource you’ll need is My Unit Readings, where you’ll find essential and recommended readings set by your unit coordinators.
The High Demand Collection holds important print books and recommended readings identified by your unit coordinators for the current semester. You can borrow these items for a short period or use them within the High Demand area.

Subject Guides

Our Subject Guides are grouped by topic so you can find the right guide. You may also discover other useful resources by exploring similar guides under the same topic.

Top Tip #2

How to borrow from the Library
Don’t forget your student card, you’ll need it to borrow items from the Library.

Use the self-check machines or visit the Library Help Desk if you need to borrow print items from our collection.

How much you can borrow

As an undergraduate student, you can borrow 30 items for 12 weeks. High Demand items can be borrowed for 2 hours during the day - so make sure you return them on time. Learn more about borrowing from the Library.

If you do not return an item on time, fines may be added to your account - if you have $60 or more in fines, you will not be able to borrow. Yikes!

The easiest way to avoid fines is to renew your items online via My Library. You can renew items, check your borrowing history, and request items from the Library.

Top Tip #3

Referencing - the right way!

Ensure you reference your work properly.

Referencing is an important part of being a university student. By referencing your research correctly, you acknowledge the ideas of others and ensure the academic integrity of your own work.

Check with your unit coordinator to find out which referencing style you should use and follow the style guide.

The Library has two important resources you'll need to reference properly:

Top Tip #4

Not sure where to start with an assignment?

We're here to help you succeed.

undefinedCheck out our step-by-step guide to tackling your assignments.

If you need more help, ask our Librarians! They are skilled information professionals who can provide study, teaching and research support, including:

Top Tip #5

Find your new favourite study spot

Discover our study spaces and facilities

undefinedLike a bit of noise or enjoy working in groups? Choose a Buzz study zone. Prefer studying by yourself in peace and quiet? Then you’ll love our Silent study zones. Look for the signs or check the map below. You can also book a study room at the Geoffrey Bolton Library for group work.

Did you know you can access the Geoffrey Bolton Library 24 hours a day? Use your Murdoch ID card to swipe in via the Level 2 entrance near the ECL courtyard. After hours access to the Veterinary Library is available to current Veterinary Science students and staff only.

If you don’t have your own computer, you can use one of ours! Otherwise, join the Eduroam WiFi network by logging in with your Murdoch username and password. Easy as! If you need help, see the IT Help Desk.


Floor map of the Geoffrey Bolton Library

You're on the way to study success.


We are here to support you during your time here at Murdoch, so if you need a hand or would like to learn more about what we can offer don't hesitate to contact us.

Best of luck and remember, you've always got a friend in the Library!

P.S. You can download a PDF version of this orientation guide here.