Library Resources And Research
Copyright is a form of intellectual property that protects a person’s creative skills and labour. In Australia, copyright law is governed by the Copyright Act 1968 (the Act), and the Act is amended from time to time to keep the law up to date. Material protected by copyright includes but is not limited to:
- Literary works such as books, journal articles, novels, reports;
- Computer programs;
- Compilations such as databases;
- Sound recordings such as recordings of music or words;
- Cinematograph films such as feature films, television programs and commercials and
- Artistic works such as photographs, maps, plans and paintings.
All students conducting their own research can rely on provisions in the Australian Copyright Act 1968 called “Fair Dealing for the purposes of research or study” meaning that you can copy the following:
- one article from a periodical publication (e.g.: journal) or more than one article from the same issue if they relate to the “same research or course of study”;
- one chapter (or 10% of the pages) of a literary, dramatic or musical work (e.g.: book, play or sheet music);
- 10% of the number of other types of works and subject matter, such as audio-visual material, for study purposes (e.g.: clips from films).
- Fair dealing for research or study allows you to make use of a copyright work for your assessment. It will not cover you if you intend to publish or communicate the work to the public (e.g.: put it on a website).
** DO NOT PHOTOCOPY WHOLE TEXTBOOKS **
For more information, visit the Australian Copyright Council website at: http://www.copyright.org.au/
Online resources are available for all GBCA staff and students. For information on how to access these resources please see the Databases, Journal Articles, eBooks and Other Online Resources link below.
The GBCA Library provides a range of course relevant newspapers and magazines within the library.
For free access to electronic journals, magazines and newspapers, please see the Databases, Journal Articles, eBooks and Other Online Resources link below.
GBCA and University of Canberra are committed to assisting staff and students to ensure that there is a clear understanding of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it by referencing correctly. To access information, please select the relevant link below.
It is the intention of the GBCA Library to empower students to be successful. The Library staff do not do the work for the students in any way.
A range of regular classes are available in the library to assist you to have the skills you need to study successfully. The classes include:
- How to study and manage time successfully
- How to use Microsoft Excel at a basic level
- How to communicate and work together in a team
- How to search the Internet and evaluate the information
- How to search databases and find journal articles
- How to write a report
- How to give a presentation and use Microsoft PowerPoint at a basic level
- How to reference to avoid plagiarism
- Exam preparation
Student Learning Resources
To enable you to teach yourself a range of relevant study skills, here is the open-access study skills support area from the University of Canberra
Study Skills Consultations
One on one consultations are available to be booked with the Librarian for 20 minutes. Please ensure that you bring your unit outline with you and have done the best you can to solve these queries yourself prior to requesting assistance. Assistance can be given with:
- Understanding assessment task requirements
- Assignment writing and structure
- Feedback on assignment drafts (not proofreading)
- Researching and finding journal articles and other information resources
- Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
- Time management, study planning and exam preparation
If you are a teacher and wish to refer a student to participate in a one on one consultation, please email the Library first on Library@gbca.edu.au to ensure that assistance can actually be provided for this particular situation.
The University of Canberra Library www.canberra.edu.au/library provides access to electronic resources for students and teachers who are enrolled in the UC courses through the GBCA. To access, use your UC student number and a password (available from the ITM service desk: 02 6201 5500) and login at www.canberra.edu.au/library
All access to physical resources is via the GBCA Library.
If you need further assistance, please contact the Library.