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Semester 2 O-Week: 19-23 July 2021

JCU Orientation is a 6-week program for all commencing students - whether you are studying on-campus, at a Study Centre or externally. Orientation gives you the information, contacts and campus knowledge you need to successfully start your studies. Semester 2 Orientation begins on 19 July, 2021.

Here is our "must know" list for O-Week:

1. Know where the library is

The library buildings in Townsville and Cairns are home to several key services:
  • InfoHelp desk – Library staff can help you with researching and referencing for your assignments, finding resources and managing your library account. Contact your liaison librarian for further assistance.
  • The friendly InfoHelp Rovers in Townsville can help with basic IT and library-related questions, including setting up your wifi and connecting to our printers. See any of the library staff in Cairns for first-tier IT support.
  • The Learning Centre can help you with understanding and writing your assignments, preparing for exams and managing your time effectively.
  • Student Equity and Wellbeing provides support to help you survive and thrive at university. Their services include AccessAbility, Counselling and Multifaith Chaplaincy.
  • Careers and Employability helps you plan your career path from Day One.
2. Know what's available off campus
  • The majority of our resources are available online. You can search our resources and access ebooks, journal articles and more from the One Search box on our home page. Register for our Exploring the Digital Library workshop to learn more.
  • Do you live in Australia and are more than 50 kilometres from the Townsville or Cairns libraries? Our Off Campus services can help you access physical resources.
  • Our chat service lets you talk to a librarian during our staffed hours, no matter where you are.
  • Our FAQs can help you find answers even when the library's closed.
  • Check out your Subject Guide to see recommended resources for your discipline.
3. Get skilled up
  • We run workshops in O-Week and during the semester to help you get on top of your assignments. Our workshops are open to all students and will be held both face to face and online.
  • Our online guides cover everything we look at in our workshops and more.
  • The InfoSkills Toolkit is a self-paced series of online training modules that will help you learn how to research information for your assignments, evaluate what you find and reference it.
  • One Search is a great place to start searching for information for your assignments – it’s like Google for the library! To learn how to use it effectively, register for our ‘Finding Information for Assignments’ workshop or check out the Using One Search guide.
4 Join in the fun

We like to think of the library as a community, not just a resource.


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