Research skills workshop

Secondary students explore the Library and its online resources, taking away essential research skills applicable to any subject area.

Credit: James Braund © 2014
120 minutes
Year level
Year: 7–9
$170 per group (up to 25 students)
50 students

The research skills workshop gives students a comprehensive introduction to the State Library and its diverse resources.

Working in pairs, students focus on a compelling story in the Library's online collection. As they generate powerful research questions and explore a variety of information sources, they gain essential research skills applicable to any subject area.

Students are also taken on a guided tour of the Library, exploring its spaces and resources.

Student experience

Students will:

  • become familiar with the Library's physical layout, organisation and range of resources
  • take part in a practical guided workshop to generate powerful questions for research
  • locate a source of information and share discoveries
  • explore the Library, including the information centre, Newspapers Room, Redmond Barry Reading Room and La Trobe Reading Room
  • visit the Cowen Gallery to view significant artworks

Curriculum information

This program links strongly to the Victorian Curriculum, history and critical & creative thinking, and is relevant to Years 7–9.

Skills development

This program assists students to:

  • refine research criteria to get useful results
  • use effective questions to examine information

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.