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How to guides

The following how-to guides offer support for many aspects of your academic activities, including:

  • digital skills development
  • exploring ECU’s learning environment
  • referencing skills
  • search/research skills development
  • using the Library

You can visit the entire suite of guides, or explore them by category below.

Using the Library

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As an ECU student/staff you have access to literally thousands of academic resources.

The guides below can support you to successfully search, request, and borrow items, and to make the most of ECU Library collections.

Research skills

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Referencing is a requirement in all your academic work.

It acknowledges the words and ideas of other authors that you have used in your own work, and is a formal way to let your readers know exactly where you found your information.

The Library's referencing web page has additional information, including a link to information about your academic integrity responsibilities as a student.

Study Essentials

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The following Study Essentials Library Guides can help you quickly learn the basic requirements for successful participation in classes and assignments at ECU, especially for your online communication and collaboration.

They also explore how to be aware of your digital identity, how to find and evaluate information, and some of the different assignment types at ECU.

A Research Companion

This guide is compiled for researchers. It provides a range of information resources for the complete research lifecycle.

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