On admission, you should discuss the facilities and resources you will need to complete the research project with your prospective supervisors. This may include support for fieldwork, testing, technical support, statistical services, equipment access, etc. You should be provided with a workspace and access to labs (with after-hours access if required).
Accessing facilities and services
So you are well equipped for your research you should be provided with information about what facilities and services are available during your orientation and induction. The University regularly holds an orientation for graduate researchers new to the University which we encourage you to attend.
Faculties must provide a comprehensive induction for all new graduate researchers. This induction should include information about the facilities and resources available for graduate researchers and how these may be accessed.
Faculties should ensure that graduate researchers are aware of ancillary student support services such as:
- Stop 1
- counselling and psychological services
- the University health service
- professional development
- academic skills
- communication skills
In addition, your department should ensure that you are familiar with departmental, Library and other University resources available to support your research activities. Your supervisors will introduce you to the range of on-campus computer facilities, library services and support (some of which are detailed below).
Our principles for infrastructure support page also outlines what responsibilities faculties have to support you throughout your research.
The University of Melbourne's Library boasts world-class facilities for researchers. Offering a wide range of resources and services to support you throughout your candidature, the following links will support you with your research, writing and publishing.
- Researcher@Library provides a suite of information to manage your information and learn how to publish your work. This is a really good place to start exploring research-focussed services and key resources.
- Browse the suite of online Guides for Researchers to locate recommended resources related to your discipline that will help you with your research. Also, check out the Research Essentials Guide to help you get started.
- If you require more comprehensive or tailored information you may like to meet with a Liaison Librarian to plan the literature search for your research project, or to discuss your research-specific information needs. Book a Research Consultation.
- Interlibrary loans & document delivery is a free service for requesting resources not held in University of Melbourne libraries. You can get access to books and papers from a wide network of other institutions.
- The Library offers classes and tours, including seminars and workshops. Some sessions require bookings, so check ahead.
- The frequently held Getting Started sessions provide a good introduction to undertaking comprehensive library research.
The Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association located in the 1888 Building provides graduate spaces, computer labs, study carrels, lockers and meeting rooms. You also have 24 hour access to the 1888 Building for computer labs and printing (using your student ID card to swipe for access after-hours). Contact the Graduate Student Association (GSA) for more information.
Library study spaces
The University's libraries all have study spaces, computers, rooms and group study spaces available. Check Bookit! Online to see what's available and make a booking. For branch locations and opening hours visit the Library website.
The Baillieu Library
A dedicated study-space for graduate students is available on the first floor of the Baillieu Library. The room has power-enabled desks with seats for 24 students. Graduate students can access the room with their student cards. There are also four graduate study-rooms in the Baillieu Library which can be booked for two-hour periods.
Faculty study spaces
Check with your Faculty or department to find out if they have dedicated study spaces available to you.
Student IT and eLearning support provide some key IT services which you can utilise as a researcher. Their website has links to key systems, such as my.unimelb and the University of Melbourne Learning Management System (LMS), as well as information on printing and scanning, accessing computers, using Google Apps and how to set up your devices to work on the University wireless network.
Student IT also have helpdesk staff located on the ground floor of the Baillieu Library with staff who can assist you. If you can't make it to the library in person, you can live chat with the IT support team online during helpdesk hours.