How to manage information overload

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King

For help using the library catalogue (Newcat+), finding journal articles, using eBooks, or managing references drop in to the Library and speak to a Librarian or book a time in advance.

To book a time, visit  Book a Librarian

If you are off-campus Library Live is our new online service – get help from a Librarian in a face-to-face online session.

For assistance with essay writing and study skills see Learning Development


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Music in the City

Are you studying a Music subject at NeW Space?
Your Music scores are at your fingertips.

The Newcastle City campus Library holds most of the instrumental scores.
Here you will find musical notations and sheet music for; Woodwind (ND), Brass (NE), Percussion (NF), Harp (NG), Guitar (NG), Violin (NJ), Viola (NK), Cello and bass (NL), and Piano (NP).

Auchmuty Library on the Callaghan campus holds the study scores as well as the vocal scores, organ music and all orchestral, chamber and band music.
This includes pieces for Vocal (NB), Complete works (NN), Organ (NQ), Chamber music – strings (NR), Chamber music –wind (NS), Small orchestra, big band (NT), Orchestra (NV), Full scores (NX), Operas, oratorios (NY), Miniature scores (NM), and Manuscripts (NC).

All items can be requested through Newcat+, the Library catalogue, and sent to your selected pick up Library.

Here’s a couple of useful guides to searching for music scores via Newcat+;

Chamber Music

Vocal & Choral Music

Which Library for Scores

For more information about Music resources have a look at the Music Subject Resource Guide on the Library homepage.  You’ll find links to a wide range of reliable information and resources for research in Music, all designed to save you time.


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Come in and borrow

Did you know that in addition to borrowing ‘off-the-shelf’ library books you can:

Your University ID card is also your Library card.  Use it for borrowing and electronic access.


Want more information on borrowing?

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Online resources to guide you

No matter what year of University you’re in, our online Library Guides can help with study, research and assessments.

Subject resource guides provide subject-specific help from Accounting to Tourism. Each guide contains targeted resources, links to ‘best-bet’ subject databases and database tutorials.

Research guides focus on academic research related topics such as literature and systematic reviews, referencing and research impact and citation analysis.

Foundation studies guides provide academic skills, strategies and tips to apply across all subjects.  Topics range from how to plan your study time,  top ten writing tips to an introduction to referencing styles in a referencing quick guide.

To view a list of all of our guides go to our Guide index 

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#metoo – a topic for International Womens’ Day tomorrow

The #metoo campaign is continuing to showcase how Social Media can be used as a tool for transformative social and political change. Social media has effected how we consume information. Without the need for a publisher, Social Media platforms are helping to democratize information access.  Social Media enables information to bypass the hurdles of distribution, distance, time and cost to get information out to the international and local community.  And it’s instant – with the click of a button.

‘Women’s voices’ are being ‘heard’ on a global level by the use of hashtags such as #metoo. Social Media, once seen as merely a popular culture construct, is now being used as a global tool for socio-political discourse.  The #metoo movement is successfully spreading it’s message via the mainstream media prompted by the global attention it gained via Social Media.

Interested in finding out more about the #metoo movement? Check out some of our resources.

Search our catalogue – “#metoo” returns 14,203 results.


Or browse our Women’s Studies databases





5 good reasons to reference

Referencing is one of those things you know you have to get right, but it can all seem a bit confusing. When writing assignments you will use ideas, theories, quotations, facts and figures, as well as illustrations and even diagrams that are not your own. Referencing shows your readers where you found all your information.

Here are five good reasons to reference:

  1. Referencing gives credit to the original authors and allows readers to find the original source to check or follow up on a point.
  2. Referencing gives credibility to your work and provides support for your own arguments or ideas.
  3. Referencing helps you avoid plagiarism and demonstrates Academic Integrity.
  4. Referencing your sources properly, in the style required by your lecturer, is an essential part of university writing.
  5. Referencing demonstrates how widely you have researched for your assignment and getting it right means you won’t lose marks for all your hard work.

Where can you find help?
You can save time by using the Library Referencing guides.
Find information on different referencing styles and examples of references for different sources including journal articles, book chapters, ebooks, multimedia and many more in our Library Referencing guides. There is also information on the different referencing tools that can help you to manage your references.
Links to the Referencing guides are on the Library homepage and in Library Essentials on UONline.
For help you can Book a Librarian, Chat to us online or drop into the Library.


Google Scholar links to ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is just one database that provides full-text access to our subscribed journals via Google Scholar.

Scholar is a simple way to search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources. Scholar can access our subscribed journals so there is no need to pay for content!

Scholar allows you to import citations into EndNote, see related articles, see who’s citing the article and you can set up alerts.

Read more on our Mobile Technologies guide

Kanopy – now there’s an app for that!

Kanopy  is now available on Android or Apple
Stream acclaimed movies and documentaries on your phone or tablet.

Other apps that can make it a little easier to find or use services at UON include:

Try our Mobile technologies guide – find apps for your favorite databases and tools to save you time and improve your skills.


How to request items between UON Libraries

All University of Newcastle staff and students can request material from our other UON campus libraries including: Newcastle City campus Library, Callaghan (Huxley and Auchmuty Libraries), and Central Coast (Ourimbah Library).

The exception is for items held at the UON Sydney Library.  Students studying at UON Sydney Library can request from any campus library.

For example, to request items that have been shifted to the Auchmuty Library as part of the move to NeW Space including DVDs and CDs, music scores, and records just click on the ‘Request It’ button on the item via the Library Catalogue, (NEWCAT+)

These should be available the next business day.