Ask a Librarian
“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” Neil Gaiman. Our Librarian is here to help! Can’t find what you are looking for in our resources, or not sure where to begin?
Ask the Librarian
They key to finding trustworthy information is to critically evaluate it.
- Who wrote or produced the information?
- Is the work peer-reviewed?
- Are the goals of the research stated?
- Is the information provided sound and well-researched?
- Is any bias acknowledged such as funding?
- When was it published?.
- What is covered by the research
- Who is the target audience?
- What’s the quality of the article
Knowing the best way to narrow down your search in Google can be difficult. Here are some tips for searching in Google.
If you want to:
Exclude a word:
- Use a hyphen (i.e. cat –dog)
Include both words:
- Use a plus sign (i.e. cat +and dog)
- Use ‘OR’ (i.e. cat OR dog)
- Use quotation marks (i.e. “Cats love dogs”)
Wildcards or unknown words:
- Use an Asterix and quotation marks (i.e. “largest * in the world”)
- Use a colon and the word ‘site’ (i.e. site:drugarm.com.au)
- Use a colon and the word ‘related’ (i.e. related:drugarm.com.au)
Need further help? Just Ask a Librarian!
Some of the items on the catalogue are only visible if you log in as a member, and some items are only available when using a Drug ARM computer.
Contact our Librarian if you need support accessing information.
Send the details of the item to the library. You can also make suggestions by logging into the catalogue as a member.
Yes, donations are greatly appreciated!
You can help facilitate access to trustworthy information on alcohol and other drugs and mental health by making a financial or in-kind gift to the Library.
We do take donations of books, but only if they will fit in with the collection. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Please note that once a book is donated we cannot return it.
Christmas, although a joy for many can be stressful and traumatic for others. This has been highlighted recently with the ongoing COVID-19 situation and resulting isolation and border closures. Lifeline is open 24/7 including the holiday period. Please call them if you are struggling on 13 11 14.
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