Library tools and services explained

This page shows important tools and services, what they are and why they are useful.

Service or Tool

What is it?

Why use it?

Te Waharoa searches across a range of electronic and print resources, in one Google-like search.
“Te Waharoa” is Māori for gateway
Full text & citations

Allows you to quickly search, discover and access reliable and credible library content. Includes digital and print, audio and video, single articles to entire e–journals.

Materials recommended by lecturers for each course.
These can include whole books, scanned book chapters, articles and DVDs.
Readings may appear in the Catalogue or on Blackboard.

These readings are particularly significant for your course.

These guides list the best resources for study and research in each subject. They are selected by your Subject Librarian.

These provide convenient access to quality sources.
Start here for any subject-specific need.

 Many of these resources contain access to the full text of material as well as image and video content.

For subject-specific searching or if you have a favourite database (eg ProQuest or JSTOR).

Access to material not held by VUW Library. Free of charge with a few exceptions (eg. urgent)

Use this service only if your item cannot be found in Te Waharoa

Request books, book chapters, or journal articles held in other campus libraries. Free of charge.


  • pick up books from your ‘home’ library.
  • get book chapters or journal articles scanned and emailed to you

Specialist software programmes.
The Library provides access to, and support for, EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero.


  • Store & annotate your research
  • Automatically create citations and bibliographies for your research papers, in an accepted citation style

If you have questions about student services, including Library & IT queries, staff at Victoria Info Ihonui can help. Victoria Info Ihonui service zones are in the Campus Hub near Level 1 and 2 of the Kelburn Library.

When you need to find material for your assignments, to find a book missing from the shelves, help with printing, etc.