Back to School

Yes, it's that time again. Now that the school year is up and running we are starting to get a lot more inquiries in the Library regarding school and uni assignments. It's an opportune time to outline some of the services and resources that are available in the Library for students. Indeed, in some cases you don't even need to come to the Library - several of these resources can by accessed by Library Members from wherever they are via the Internet.

Need some homework help?

Yourtutor is an online tutoring service. Yourtutor connects students with expert tutors for live, one-to-one individual learning sessions via the Internet in their Online Classroom. Library members can access this service from home and the best bit - it's absolutely free! Yourtutor is available for students in years 4-12 from Monday to Friday between 4pm and 8pm and subjects include Maths, English, Science, Assignment Research and Study Skills.

The Library offers parents and students the opportunity to learn how to get the most out of the Library in our Project Busters workshops. These workshops include a tour of the library, a lesson in how to use the library catalogue and how to locate the information you find in the catalogue within the library, along with a range of other hints and tips.

Doing the HSC in 2008?

Sutherland Shire Libraries has a large collection of materials to support students who are studying for the HSC. We have an extensive collection of study guides, exam papers and other supplementary materials to help you prepare for your assessments and exams. If you want to know more then just ask us for a Library tour, which will help you make the best possible use of our collection and facilities.

Researching assignments and projects?

You all know that you can search the Library catalogue for books and other materials held in our collection, right? Well, did you know that the Library also offers you a range of Online Databases, which can help you find newspaper, magazine and journal articles.

Need some newspaper articles on a recent event for a school assignment? Check out ANZ Newsstand. You search this database by keyword and download the full text from over 60 news sources in Australia and New Zealand, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, The Daily Telegraph and all the major daily newspapers in Australia, all from the convenience of your home or school computer.

Maybe you need some criticism of Bruce Dawe's poetry for English? Try Austlit for some references.

Writing an essay for a university subject? Academic Research Library, Masterfile and Australian Public Affairs have thousands of scholarly journals indexed covering all subjects.

Need access to technology?

Our public access computers (booking fees apply) have Internet access and Microsoft Office - you can type up assignments, download lecture notes, check your email or do your research via the web. Got your own laptop? No problem, we have a wireless hotspot in Sutherland Library so you can access the Internet and do your assignments here where the resources are.

Time to relax?

All the advice about studying suggests you should take regular breaks and do some physical activity. Check out our collection of CDs and DVDs for some well earned time out. What about an Easy relaxation workout DVD to help you de-stress.

Whatever your needs - the Library can help. We hope to see you in 2008.