Research skills

Research skills

Learning Skills workshops

Learning Skills 60- and 90-minute workshops are free and there's no need to register. All currently enrolled Macquarie students are welcome to attend.

The workshops will suit coursework students at all levels of study.

To see when our research skills workshops are running, view the academic language and learning workshops calendar.

Support for HDR students

HDR students will find targeted support at HDR workshops and learning support.

All students can attend workshops on the following research skills topics.

Avoiding common plagiarism errors

Plagiarism in your assignments can result in lower marks and academic penalties. Come to this workshop to find out:

  • What plagiarism is
  • What the most common types of plagiarism are
  • How to correctly acknowledge sources to avoid plagiarism.

Referencing essentials

Has it been a long time since you had to use a reference? Or is it the first time you’ll need to reference sources? Come to this workshop to learn:

  • The basic principles of citation and referencing
  • How to cite effectively
  • How to create an accurate reference list

Practice activities are included, and there will be a short discussion about using referencing software.

APA referencing

APA is one of the most common referencing styles at university. In this nuts-and-bolts-workshop, you'll learn how to:

  • Perform in-text referencing (citation) in APA style
  • Construct an accurate reference list in APA style

Harvard referencing

Harvard is a very popular referencing style. This workshop will focus on the practical application of Harvard style referencing for some common sources, including how to:

  • Perform in-text referencing (citation) in Harvard style
  • Construct an accurate reference list in Harvard style

Finding sources for your assignments

Do you need to find journal articles or books for an assignment? Not sure where to begin? Let a librarian show you how to develop your search skills using Multisearch. In this practical, hands-on session, librarians will demonstrate efficient and time-saving strategies to help you find appropriate academic sources for your assignments.


InfoWise is the library’s online research and information literacy support tool. Students and staff can self-enrol and get support anywhere anytime.

InfoWise aims to build and improve students’ research skills. Especially useful for undergraduates, international students and anyone new to Macquarie University, the content covers:

  • How to use MultiSearch
  • Understanding peer review
  • How to decode citations
  • Identifying key search terms
  • Advanced search techniques

Researching your assignment

You can find resources for researching your assignment on StudyWISE. The Library also provides a guide to steps in the research process: understanding your assignment topic, developing a search strategy, and finding and using information resources.

Subject and research guides

Subject and research support guides provide a subject or topic overview and advice on recommended resources and tools to support learning and research.

Referencing guide

A guide to referencing, covering referencing basics, using key referencing styles and getting help via supporting resources.

Bibliographic referencing software

A guide to choosing and using key bibliographic management software, including EndNote (for Mac and PC), Mendeley and Zotero.

Information about Macquarie Rules and Processes

Student Discipline Rules and Procedures sets out the framework for dealing with allegations of misconduct.

The Academic Integrity Module

The Academic Integrity Module is an iLearn resource created by Learning Skills to raise students' awareness of their responsibilities and rights concerning academic integrity and acceptable academic practices at Macquarie.

Topics and activities

This module has five topics:

These topics include the following:

  • Self-assessment activities
  • Scenarios to challenge students to think about academic behaviour, practices and expectations
  • Worked examples showing how to paraphrase and acknowledge sources
  • Strategies for preventing plagiarism
  • Instructional videos
  • A discussion of students’ responsibilities in relation to academic integrity and their rights under the Macquarie University Academic Integrity Policy
  • FAQs on plagiarism and Turnitin
  • A discussion of the Macquarie University Academic Honesty Policy
  • Links to additional academic integrity resources


Commencing undergraduate students are automatically enrolled. Any student can enrol in the module using their OneID and password. Once enrolled, you can access it from your iLearn course list under the category ‘Student Support: Skill Building and Help Resources’.

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