Getting Help

Contact the Liaison and Academic Support Coordinator, Barbara Coat, for assistance.

Liaison and Academic Support Coordinator
Barbara Coat
Phone: (08) 8946 6193 during normal hours

or use the Ask Us service

Activating your student account

You need to activate your student account in order to get the username and password to access the periodical databases (including the EbscoHost databases). If you do not activate your student account you will not be able to search the databases.

Go to the CDU Current Students webpage, click on the “Computer Account” link on the right hand side menu (or click on this link and then follow the directions to create your username and password.

Internal students can use this username and password to log in to the computers in the student PC Labs and in the Library. Both internal and external students can also use this log in for the CDU student email accounts.

Call ITMS (also called the Helpdesk) if you have any problems.

Phone number: (08) 8946 6600.

The CDU Library

You will have had a glimpse of what the library looks like and will hopefully attend an introductory tour. If you would like to visit the library in person you might find it helpful in advance to see how the interior of the library is organised. A campus map is available

To see where resources, the librarians, loan desk staff, etc are located inside the library click here

Each School and subject has a Liaison Librarian and you can contact them directly with specific questions about your area of study. For more information go to

or use the Ask Us service


The Researching component uses some terms that you may not be familiar with so a glossary has been provided to help you understand the terminology. Any word used in this Learning Resource that is also included in the glossary will be linked and highlighted. Take the time to look the word up in the glossary if you are unfamiliar with it.

Key to Icons used in this learning Resource:

Activity icon. This icon will indicate when you need to work through InfoSmart or other online resources.

  Take Note. This icon will alert you to important information.
Reflection point. This icon will ask you to stop and reflect on a particular point being made.


This site has been compiled by the Charles Darwin University Liaison Librarians. The Liaison Librarians wish to gratefully acknowledge all of the other University's Information Literacy sites which they have reviewed and gained ideas, inspiration and concepts from. Other university programs can be accessed at CAUL Links to Australian University Information LIteracy Programs.

CDU Policy on Plagiarism (pdf document)

CDU StudySkills Online

Council of Australian University Librarians. 2001, Information Literacy Standards. CAUL, Canberra (Accessed 26/11/04)

How to identify academic resources (Monash Library Online Tutorial) (Accessed 2/2/05)

Debbie Roberts, 2004, What is a periodical?, Staffordshire University, Staffordshire, 26/11/05)

Search Engine Showdown (Greg Notess site for evaluating search engines) (accessed 2/2/05)

Sherman, Chris and Price, Gary (2001) The Invisible Web: uncovering information sources the search engines can't see, CyberAge Books, Medford, N.J

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly or Why it's a good idea to evaluate web sources (accessed 2/2/05)

You note it you quote it Interactive Tutorial from Acadia University