An online postgraduate unit provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia, Reference Services explores the principles and practices of reference and information services. You will investigate essential skills and tasks within the field, including digital and virtual reference, information literacy, advanced search strategies, the reference interview and ethical concerns of reference services.
On completion of this unit you will recognise a range of bibliographic devices and appraise how they can be used to provide access to content. You will also develop the tools to conduct an appropriate reference interview, and build skills in advanced and specialised forms of subject retrieval and citation based retrieval.
This unit is delivered through a variety of resources including discussion forums, podcasting and lecture capture, standard media and web links. Assessment takes the form of an investigation piece, an invigilated exam and an academic report.
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies
Master of Information Management
Areas of study
In this Reference Services unit, the topics you will study will be provided on commencement of the unit.
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies, Curtin University
Master of Information Management, Curtin University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit in Reference Services provides a foundational knowledge of the core principles and practices of information and referencing services. Qualification in these skills is a valuable asset for pursuing a range of research-based careers, in addition to librarianship, records management and archiving.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Reference Services from Curtin University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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