Get set up for study: How do I?

A guide to help you get started at Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Don't forget Learning Services

Learning Services have a range of online resources to help you develop study and math skills to ensure you can complete coursework successfully. They also run weekly workshops and Q & A sessions. Call into the Library to pick up a timetable. There is also support for off campus students.



Using Primo Library Search

You can see all our Library video tutorials in our blog.

Database and Information guides

  • Find an article in a database [PDF] [Video]
  • Information skills subject guide - establish a search strategy and search our databases [Webpage]
  • Information skills guided pathway [Webpage]
  • Research Subject Guide - to help those undertaking research especially at Post Graduate level.    [Webpage] 
  • Troubleshoot access to a database [PDF]
  • Using Academic OneFile [PDF]
  • Using eTV database of videos [PDF]
  • Using Google Scholar to find articles in Ara databases [PDF] [Video]
  • Using [PDF]
  • Using Press Reader [PDF]
  • Using Safari eBooks [PDF] [Video]
  • Using Science Direct [PDF]
  • Using Standards New Zealand [PDF] [Video]
  • What is a peer-reviewed article [PDF]
  • What are primary and secondary sources [PDF]

Library Kiosk

academic support kiosk


The Library Kiosk contains links to a wide range of resources that can help you in your Ara student experience!