Current Students

Information Literacy + Information Services

Further Information

Medical Librarians

Tel: (+61 8)9346 7296
Fax: (+61 8)9346 7588

Information Literacy Sessions

All students in Medicine courses are also required to complete a series of short sessions on information literacy. These will be facilitated by the Medical and Dental Library and cover such information using EndNote referencing management software and the Vancouver Referencing style, searching specific databases such as Medline and personal research skills to assist with project work.

Where possible these sessions are embedded into unit timeframes. More information on these sessions is contained within individual unit guidebooks.

Information Services – the Library buildings

Information Services (IS) are responsible for all six subject libraries, IT support and services and research and learning support services. For example, the Medical and Dental Library and the Science Library (buildings) offer you a place where you can do your study and access resources and support services directly. The libraries contain books, journals, computers, lockers, private study rooms, group study rooms and audio visual equipment.

If you can’t find what you need contact us (IS staff) and we will try to get it for you. We encourage you to make suggestions for us to purchase resources you think we should have. You can do this via the IS web site. The Medical and Dental library is adjacent to the OHCWA (Oral Health Centre of Western Australia) building, at the corner of Monash Avenue and Hospital Avenue, Nedlands. The Science Library is located on the southern part of the main campus, at the western end of Prescott Court, between the Physiology and Agriculture buildings. Refer to the Campus Map for further details.

Medical and Dental Library – Services

The Medical and Dental Library (MED) collection supports teaching and research in the subject areas of Dentistry, General Practice, Medicine, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Podiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Public Health, Nursing, Social Work and Surgery. Students and staff are able to access online services and resources via the IS home page:  From here you can search OneSearch and the Library catalogue, online databases and Course Materials Online. There are also online subject guides to help you locate information with links to subject appropriate journals, databases and government websites. Medicine students have a dedicated subject guide, from which information can be accessed.

Who to contact for help with locating information

The Medicine reference librarians are based at the UWA Medical and Dental Library but you will meet them in some of your lectures, and see them around your Faculty. The reference librarians are used to dealing with all sorts of inquiries so don’t hesitate to ask them any questions big and small, inane or profound.  They can be contacted on:

Medical Librarians

Tel: 9346 7296 Fax: 9346 7588 Email: librarians respond to all email reference enquires within 24 hours (Monday-Friday), so if you need a quicker response pick up the phone or drop in to see them.

Vancouver referencing style

In your Medicine course, you will be asked to reference your assignments in the Vancouver referencing style. This style is widely used in the medical field. To find out more about this style, visit the IS website and go to the subject guide – How do I reference with > Vancouver citation style.