Researcher Tool Kit

What's in the tool kit?

Use the links in the left hand menu to open these guides on:

Database Searching

Learn about:

  • the range of available databases for your discipline
  • the best techniques and strategies for searching databases

Alerts and Current Awareness

Learn about

  • the different types of current awareness services available to you
  • how to set up alerts, e.g. journal alerts or conference alerts, so you can keep up to date with new publications in your area of teaching or research.

Open Access and Creative Commons

Learn about

  • what Open Access is and how it benefits you
  • e-prints and institutional repositories
  • open access resources you can search
  • Creative Commons

Access to resources from other libraries


The interlibrary loan and document delivery service provides CQUniversity researchers access to information sources the Library does not hold.


Learn about

  • creating individual records for books, journal articles and other resources
  • organising large numbers of references
  • using Cite While You Write for in text citations and reference lists

Free downloads for our staff and students

  • EndNote Software
  • CQU Harvard style file
  • Tutorial booklet & information sheets

Research Data Management

Learn about

  • Data management plans
  • Data storage
  • Describing research data
  • Data sharing
  • Finding data
  • Data retention and disposal

Literature Review Tutorial

Learn about

  • what a Literature Review is
  • the purpose it serves
  • how to do one

Systematic Reviews

Learn about

  • what a Systematic Review is
  • the purpose it serves
  • how to do one

Scholarly publishing

Learn about

  • scholarly publishing
  • choosing journals and publishers
  • Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) & Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
  • open access publishing

Research impact

Learn about

  • journal & author ranking
  • author profiles
  • altmetrics & other measures
  • where to discover the impact of your own research from citation data


Learn about

  • finding theses from CQUniversity and other universities in Australia and overseas.
  • resources to help you write your thesis
  • how to deposit your thesis with the Library and in ACQUIRE

This list provides some web resources that may be of a particular interest to researchers.