Services for Undergraduates
This page contains resources and services to help get you started with your research for assignments, essays and projects.
Undergraduate / first year classes
We run classes in first and second semester. Topics covered include:
- Tackling your next assignment: Library workshops for first year students.
- Learn how to:
- Find the most appropriate information for your assignments (get better grades!)
- Understand how to use information ethically and avoid plagiarism.
Watch this space for classes in Semester 1.
Using the library
- Library opening hours (mobile version)
- Library locations
- Audiovisual material - includes information on facilities.
- Booking a Group Study room (3 minutes 11 seconds - 5.2MB)
- Finding a book on a shelf - the library uses Library of Congress (LC), this page will tell you how it works.
What you can borrow, and for how long:
|Group||Loans||3 Day loan||Course Reserve (2 or 3 hour)||Interloan||Requests|
|4th years, Honours|| |
Virtual tours of the libraries
- Central Library tour (2 minutes 34 seconds - 84.4MB)
- Science Library tour (2 minutes 31 seconds - 27.1MB)
- Education (Robertson) Library tour (3 minutes 31 seconds - 73.3MB)
- Law Library tour (2 minutes 27 seconds - 16.2MB)
- Health Sciences Library tour (1 minutes 38 seconds - 62.7MB)
Research tools: finding information for your assignments
- Subject Guides - includes recommended journals and databases and contact information for your subject librarian.
- Library Search | Ketu - the library catalogue, includes books, ebooks, journal articles and multi-media.
- Course Reserve - find readings recommended by your lecturer.
- Referencing / citation styles and Managing references
- Google Scholar - use Otago Article Link through Google Scholar to access articles paid for by the library.
- Past exam papers (just the questions - not the answers)
- Māori services
- Self-help - videos and guides to help you make the most of the Library
Other sources of information
- VAST: Academic Video Online - cross-searches a package of video collections in 21 disciplines.
- eTV - provides real-time resources through recorded TV programmes, live streams and on-demand videos.
- Archives / Manuscripts - archives and manuscripts at the University of Otago Library, and how to access them.
- Pictures / Photographs - the Library has a large collection of photographs and pictures, both historical and contemporary.
Library services for people with disabilities
Do you have a disability, impairment, medical condition or injury that makes accessing the Library difficult?
Once you have registered with the Disability Information and Support service the Library is able to scan articles and chapters on your behalf and mail books to your home address. Register with the service: http://www.otago.ac.nz/disabilities/
The Library has staff and resources to support all areas of teaching and research.
- Contact your subject librarian: http://otago.libguides.com/liaison
- Consult a subject guide to get started on your topic: http://www.otago.libguides.com
- The Library also provides electronic resources to support study and research including e-books. Use the catalogue and limit to eBooks or eJournals for online resources: http://otago.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?&vid=DUNEDIN
Facilities in the Library
- Central Library: Two study rooms equipped with specialist equipment, computer software and furniture.
- Health Sciences Library: One study room.
- All rooms are available during Library open hours.
- Access to these rooms is via swipe card to students registered with Disability Information & Support.
- Contact Disability Information & Support to arrange access and with any questions regarding use or maintenance of the equipment.
Contact the library
- Ask a Question - an online form to ask questions (on anything!).
- Make a Suggestion - an online form to suggest something for the library to respond to or consider. You can also read previous suggestions made by other students.
- Contact a Subject Librarian if you would specific subject assistance.
- Electronic access help - if you have queries about our electronic resources (databases, e-journals or e-books), please contact us.