Research skills workshop

120 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–9
$170 per group (up to 25 students)
50 students. Note: programs do not run on Mondays.

Encourage your students to become critical, creative and independent researchers with this hands-on workshop.

Students will be introduced to the Library's on-site and online resources through a guided tour of our unique spaces and in a workshop focusing on essential research techniques.

Students will focus on a compelling story from the Library's collection, generating research questions and exploring a variety of reliable online sources.

Student experience

Students will:

  • take part in a facilitated hands-on workshop, generating powerful questions for research and exploring online resources using iPads
  • be introduced to essential research skills applicable to any subject area
  • explore the Library's unique heritage spaces, including the iconic La Trobe Reading Room, on a guided tour
  • become familiar with the Library's spaces, services and resources through exploring the Herald and Weekly Times Newspapers and Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Family History Reading Rooms, Arts Reading Room and the Redmond Barry Reading Room.

Skills development

This program links to the Victorian Curriculum and assists students to:

  • acquire data from a range of sources and evaluate their authenticity, accuracy and timeliness (VCDTDI037)
  • analyse and corroborate sources and evaluate their usefulness and reliability (VCHHC099/122)
  • examine a range of learning strategies and identify how to select strategies that best meet the requirements of a task (VCCCTM041)
  • consider how problems can be segmented into discrete stages, new knowledge synthesised during problem-solving, and criteria used to assess emerging ideas and proposals (VCCCTM042).

Excursion funding

Thanks to our generous philanthropic partners, Victorian schools with an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) ranking of less than 1000 may be eligible to receive funding towards program and transport costs. You can look up your school's score on the My School website.

The Library can offer limited bus funding reimbursements, and program waivers for up to four groups per booked excursion. This offer is available until funding has been exhausted.

If you would like to be considered for excursion funding, please add your details when completing the online booking form.

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.

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