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Research Skills

Information to help students find, write, evaluate and reference information for their assignments.


Each database works in its own way. Information on using some of Box Hill Institute's key databases are provided on this page.

If the database that you are interested in is not covered, you might find the general information under Search strategies useful. If that doesn't help, contact the library for help, or to make a request for us to include a database on this page.

Online resources

A brief overview of how to access online resources at Box Hill Institute and CAE Library

Academic search premier

eBooks - Basics

You can search and read full text eBooks from a number of vendors:

Ebook Central - over 800 eBooks on various subjects. This is the Library's main eBook platform. Watch the video below to learn how to use it effectively.


EbscoHost eBooks - a small collection of individually selected eBooks 

Informit eBooks - over 300 predominantly Australian eBooks.

Ebscohost eBooks - a wide range of eBooks via Ebscohost subscriptions

ScienceDirect eBooks - selected science related titles


For more information about using each of these collections, visit Box Hill Institute's eBooks Libguide

Benefits of using ebooks:

  1. Instantaneous access from any location with Internet access via the eBooks page on StudentWeb
  2. Many ebooks are downloadable to your computer and/or smart phone/tablet device. 
  3. Ebooks are portable. Open them on a laptop, notebook or any device of your choice via Wi-Fi.
  4. Unlimited numbers of people can access most eBooks simultaneously
  5. Can contain audio, video, and animations which can  enhance understanding.
  6. Can search, copy and print

Usually ebook files will be available in either PDF or ePub format.  

Science Direct

For help using Science Direct, try this LibGuide, published by the vendor, Elsevier: