Using the Library – postgraduate coursework students

The Library can help you with advanced search strategies and literature reviews, managing your references and keeping up to date with the latest publications. Explore our self-guided options or make an appointment with a librarian. Choose from a range of dedicated postgraduate study spaces or almost 5,000 spaces across all our libraries.


We can help you set up and get connected to the UWA systems that you will be depending on throughout your course.

O-Week checklist

Things to do before the end of O-Week:

  • Set up services which can support successful study, use your own device at UWA and utilise UWA systems and software. Check out our IT and printing support page.
  • Log in to LMS (Learning Management System).


Week 1 checklist

If you haven’t already, look for the Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) and Communication and Research Skills (CARS) units in your LMS and complete them early in the semester. This will help you understand the UWA academic environment and cover basic research skills.

  • Start the ACE unit.
  • Start the CARS unit.

Library workshops

Experienced librarians offer a regular program of workshops in areas such as literature searching, data discovery and management.

Browse workshops


There are many ways to access Library support.

Check out our OneSearch help page for some tips on using the Library catalogue, Library Guides for research skills development and referencing help, and find essential services on our homepage.  

Drop in to a ‘Writing and Referencing’ session with Librarians and the Study Smarter team on the Barry J Marshall ground floor every Tuesday and Thursday during semester from 10am-12pm. We can help you find information, build your search strategy, and complete your referencing.

You can email, phone, book an online or face-to-face appointment with a Librarian, use live chat or drop in to a UWA Library to get help. Librarians are available for drop-in support at Barry J. Marshall, Beasley, Reid and EDFAA from 1-3pm each day. See our Contact page for details.

Study Support

Ask a librarian

We’re here to help you with advanced search strategies and literature reviews, managing your references and keeping up to date with the latest publications.

Ask a librarian

Finding and managing information

OneSearch and databases

OneSearch and databases are important places to search for scholarly information for your research. Explore our Library Guides ‘Finding Information and Resources’ section for search tips, or contact a librarian for assistance.


Use OneSearch to find every print book, journal, DVD and database in the UWA collection as well as millions of online books, journals, articles, reviews, films, documentaries and more. Sign in with your Uni ID credentials to save searches and set up search alerts. Contact a librarian for more tips on becoming a OneSearch super user.

Go to OneSearch


The Library provides access to the key databases in each discipline. Use the Databases link in the top ribbon in OneSearch to find a database specialising in your subject area.

Find databases


Finding theses

UWA Master's and PhD theses submitted after May 2016 are available online via the UWA Profiles and Research Repository. Theses submitted prior to May 2016 are held in store as print copies and can be located by searching OneSearch.

More on theses

Copyright and higher degree theses

The management of intellectual property issues is an essential part of research and publication for higher degree by research students.

HDR theses copyright

Managing research and referencing

Managing research

UWA students have access to EndNote or Mendeley referencing software. These programs can help you collect, store, sort and cite research for your assignments and research. They integrate with MS Word for flawless insertion of citations into your working document.


UWA utilises six referencing styles. Check which style you are expected to use for each unit in their respective Unit Outlines. Library referencing guides are here to help, explaining the rules and components of a style and providing formatting examples for many source types.

Requesting, recommending and borrowing items
Get It requests

You can submit a ‘Get It’ request for materials not held in our library collections. Sign in to OneSearch, and request a physical item from another library anywhere in the world, a digital scan of a book chapter or an article from a journal.

Recommend purchases

Postgraduate students can recommend items to be purchased and added to the Library collection. Visit our Request or Recommend page for details.


You can borrow unlimited items from any of our five libraries using your Campus Card, and use OneSearch to request to pick up any item at your preferred library location. Loan periods vary depending on item type. Visit our Borrowing page for details.

Special collections

Special Collections contains the University's rare, unique and vulnerable library materials.

Special collections

Spaces and facilities

Nearly 5,000 study spaces are available across the University’s five libraries. A range of study zones means you can study with friends, with a coffee, with a view, or focus alone and in silence – the choice is yours.

Our libraries offer a range of facilities, including PCs, power points, charging stations, Wi-Fi, printing, copying, scanning, group study spaces, digital screens and whiteboards for collaboration, parents rooms, universal access bathrooms, filtered hot and cold water, microwaves and more.

Our libraries offer opening hours to suit your study habits and activities on campus, including 24/7 access to selected libraries for eligible students.

Postgraduate study spaces

Dedicated postgraduate spaces are available at the Reid Library, second floor, and Barry J Marshall Library, third floor.

Library opening hours   Postgraduate spaces


IT help

Uni ID, webmail and Unifi

Uni ID
Uni ID is your UWA network account giving you access a range of online UWA services such as student email, Unifi, the Learning Management System (LMS), studentConnect and much more.

Along with a Pheme account, you are automatically assigned a UWA email address when you enrol. It is important to use this email address as the University sends your official correspondence to it.


Unifi is UWA’s Wi-Fi network. It works in all libraries and in lots of other places on campus.

Printing, copying and scanning

UWA students can use any of the 100+ student-allocated printers located throughout the UWA libraries and general purpose computer labs across faculties.

You will need to have value on a Campus Card to print or copy at Library print stations. You can add value via autoloaders or online.

Printing, copying and scanning

CAS (Class Allocation System) and LMS (Learning Management System)

CAS (Class Allocation System)
The Class Allocation System (CAS) is how you put together your timetable at UWA.


LMS (Learning Management System)
UWA's Learning Management System uses Blackboard software. The LMS is a fully integrated web-based teaching and learning environment which supports the online delivery and administration of resources, communication, collaboration and assessment. It is a secure, online, password-protected system available to all current UWA staff and students anywhere, anytime.


Stay in touch

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