Using the Library – undergraduate students

Library support services and facilities to help you succeed in your studies

The Library can help you find and reference information to support your studies, use UWA IT systems such as Pheme and Learning Management System (LMS), print documents and a whole lot more. There are almost 5,000 study spaces available across our six libraries to choose from.

Explore our self-help options here or contact us to get help from friendly library staff.

Orientation 

We can help you set up and get connected to the UWA systems that you will be depending on throughout your course, and guide you to finding your Unit Readings and information for your first assignments.


 

O-Week checklist

Things I really need to do before the end of O-Week:

  • Set up my Pheme account.
  • Connect to Unifi (UWA’s Wi-Fi).
  • Log in to LMS (Learning Management System).
  • Check out our Library Workshops calendar.

 

Week 1 checklist

Need to get started on your Week 1 readings? Look for a Unit Readings link in the LMS menu in your unit. Unit Readings provides access to course materials identified by Unit Coordinators as being important for your units.
Look for the ACE and CARS units in your LMS and complete them early in the semester. They will help you to understand the UWA academic environment, cover basic research skills and give you a great head start on  your assignments.

  • Check for Unit Readings link in LMS menu in each unit.
  • Complete  the ACE unit.
  • Complete  the CARS unit.
 

Essential online units

Communication and Research Skills (CARS), Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (ISE) are essential online units. Complete these early in your studies for a great head start to your assignments. Look for them in your LMS. You can go back to these units at any time for a refresher.

Support

We’re here to help you with finding, using and referencing information for your studies and assignments.

Explore our Study Support page for all our online self-guided resources, referencing tips, and links to how we can help you face-to-face.

Study Support

Finding information

Unit Readings

Available via your unit in the LMS (Learning Management System), Unit Readings contains the essential materials for your units including links to journal articles, book chapters, ebooks, reports, and videos, as well as books and other items held in the High Demand section or in the main Collections in the University Library.

OneSearch and other databases

This search tool is like Google for UWA Library. Use it to search UWA collections including millions of online books, journals, articles, reviews, films, documentaries and more. OneSearch will connect you to the full text sources we’ve provided to support your studies. Sign in with Pheme to save favourites and return to them.

The Library has selected the major databases for the subject areas at UWA. Use the Databases link in the top ribbon in OneSearch to find a database specialising in your subject area.

Managing what you find

In addition to using Favourites in OneSearch, the EndNote or Mendeley tools can help manage your readings so you can easily refer back to them and reference them in your assignments and essays.

Borrowing

You can borrow items from any of our libraries using your Campus Card. The High Demand Collection is a section of our print collection containing copies of your textbooks and required readings.

Spaces and facilities

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, 3D printing, VR stations, group study rooms, digital screens and whiteboards for collaboration, a parents room, universal access bathrooms, filtered hot and cold water, microwaves and more.

IT help

Pheme, webmail and Unifi

Pheme
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.

Pheme

Webmail
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.

Webmail

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

Unifi
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.

CAS

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.

LMS

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.