Using the Library – Teaching

The University Library provides a variety of services and resources to support your teaching and develop your students' information and research skills.

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Resources for your unit

Build your students' information and research skills

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Referencing and plagiarism

  • Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE)
    A compulsory unit for all new students delivered via the LMS. Students can also revisit ACE at any time for an academic conduct refresher.
  • Referencing and citation management support
    Library Survival Guides on referencing concepts, citation management software and referencing styles.
  • Text matching at UWA: Turnitin
    Information on using Turnitin for staff and students.

Copyright support for teaching and learning

  • Learn more about reproducing and sharing material for teaching and learning at Copyright and teaching.

  • Include images, videos and other material in your learning resources with confidence.  Sources of images and videos for teaching can be found in this guide.

  • Visit the Library copyright webpages for information on copyright support at UWA

Finding and managing information

OneSearch and databases

OneSearch and databases are important places to search for scholarly information for your research. Explore our Library Survival Guides ‘How do I find’, ‘I need to know about’ sections for search tips, or contact a faculty librarian for assistance.


Use OneSearch to find every print book, journal, DVD and database as well as millions of online books, journals, articles, reviews, films, documentaries and more. Sign in with Pheme to save searches and set up search alerts. Contact a faculty librarian for tips to 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

Managing research and borrowing

Managing what you find

EndNote and Mendeley are popular reference management software tools that are used at UWA. A self-guided step-by-step EndNote Learning Pathway is available via the EndNote Guide and all faculty librarians can assist with your questions.


You can borrow unlimited items from any of our six libraries using your Campus Card, and use OneSearch to request to pick up any item at your preferred library location or have it delivered to your personal mailbox.

Borrowing conditions

Requesting and recommending 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.

Get It requests

Recommend purchases

UWA staff can recommend items to be purchased and added to the Library collection.

Recommend purchases

Special collections

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

Special collections

Spaces and facilities

There are almost 5000 study spaces available across the University’s five libraries. A range of study zones are on offer, so you can work with colleagues, 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, a parents room, 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 in selected libraries for eligible students.

Library opening hours


Learning spaces and meeting rooms in the Library

Innovative learning spaces, meeting rooms and facilities are available for teaching and meetings.

Library spaces


Resource rooms for accessibility

Our libraries offer a range of facilities and services to assist you if you have a disability or a medical condition.

Find out more about accessibility resources

IT help

Pheme, webmail and Unifi

Pheme is your UWA network account. Use your Pheme password and your student number to 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

Contact us to receive help and support from our friendly, knowledgeable staff. You can also share your feedback or make a suggestion and follow the UWA Library on social media to receive helpful tips and up-to-date information about our services.


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