Research Services and Support for Students

The Library provides a range of support to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, including classes, tours and assignment and research skills help.

Getting help with Assignments and Research

What a Subject Librarian does

Subject Librarians provide specialised research, learning and teaching support to staff and students and act as liaisons to academic faculties, schools and programmes. For personal in-depth help, find your Subject Librarian by subject or name to arrange a session with them. 

One on one consultation

We provide one on one sessions for Postgraduates and Staff. Contact your Subject Librarian to arrange for a one on one session.


One to one sessions can include:

•    Introduction to Library services and resources
•    Assignment help
•    Research skills (e.g. searching, identifying relevant resources)
•    Using specific resources (e.g. subject-specific databases, eBooks)
•    Referencing and citing (e.g. citation styles, using referencing software e.g. Endnote)

If you need help with choosing resources or referencing your work, the Library can help you in a number of ways:

Subject guides

Our Subject Guides are a great starting point to find academic resources and scholarly databases that are useful for your research.

Training and Workshops

We run workshops throughout the year – keep an eye on Library News and our Facebook page for more information.

We run regular classes providing training in Endnote and Zotero

Support for Māori Students

Within the Library the Kairauhī is both a contact person for Māori students in all disciplines across the University and provides tailored Subject Librarian services to students of Te Kawa a Māui/School of Māori Studies. The Kairauhī/Subject Librarian (Māori) specialises in providing study support with a kaupapa Māori focus. 

Here are the kinds of services you can ask our Kairauhī about:

•    Orientation and Māori Student Study Workshop (first assignment help at the start of the first trimester each year)
•    Māori language week.
•    Pop-up research skills and assignment help sessions (2 hour drop-in clinics on Tuesday and Thursday in Te Taratara ā Kae, Level 2 of Kelburn Library)
•    Our range of campus study spaces and collections supporting Māori 
•    Contact our Kairauhī/Subject Librarian (Māori) 

Support for Pasifika Students 

 The Pasifika Library Navigator provides the full range of Library research, learning and teaching services and delivers tailored support for the Va'aomanū Pasifika programmes (Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies.)

The Pasifika Student Liaison facilitates assistance for students in collaboration with the Pasifika Library Navigator, across Library teams and with other University student services.

Here are the kinds of services you can ask our Pasifika Library Navigator and Pasifika Student Liaison about:

•    Loto Aho study group (Wednesdays at 6pm in Wan Solwara, Level 2 of Kelburn Library)
•    Pasifika Students’ Workshop (first assignment help, once a year in March)
•    Pasifika Language weeks (celebrating language weeks for Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands etc.)
•    Pop-up research skills and assignment help sessions (2hrs Tuesdays and Thursdays, Wan Solwara; Pasifika space, Level 2 of Kelburn Library)
•    Our range of Pasifika study spaces and collections 

Other Library Services

Victoria Info Ihonui - Victoria Info Ihonui is the Service Point at Kelburn. The staff there can help with Library queries, wayfinding and general questions.

Intersite - Make an intersite request if you want an item held by another Victoria University Library location delivered to your home Library.

Interloan - Use Interloan Request if you wish to access material from other libraries, nationally and internationally.