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Services for Postgraduates

Unitec Library welcomes you to your postgraduate study. We recognise that postgraduate study means you will need to study your subject at a deeper level and will be more research based. This guide will give you an overview of the extra library services available to postgraduate students. We urge you to make maximum use of the library and approach staff for help at any time.


All current students have library membership. To borrow and use our services you must have your current student ID card. More about borrowing.

Distance services

The library's distance service is available free of charge to anyone who lives outside the Greater Auckland. More about our distance services.

Inter-Library loans

If you require a book or journal article which is not held by Unitec library you may obtain it through interlibrary loans. You are allowed up to 40 requests per year free of charge, except for books obtained from overseas. After 40 items you will be charged $15.00 per item. More about inter-library loans.

Library & information skills training

We offer information skills sessions to postgraduate students. Your lecturer can arrange a library training session for your class and we also provide individual tutorials. Our How to Research page provides an introduction to basic library research skills. More details

Library Knowledge Specialists

Each department has a library knowledge specialist, who acts as a link between the library and post-graduate students, and provides the following services:

  • Personal library orientation. Contact your library knowledge specialist for a personal library orientation and introduction to our services and resources. This also gives us an opportunity to find out about your information needs.
  • If you are off-campus or part-time we encourage you to use email or phone to contact us.
  • Information resources, especially electronic ones, are constantly changing and developing. We run an annual refresher course on the resources, sessions on new resources and we can tailor a personal session just for you anytime.
  • We are experts in finding information. We suggest you discuss your research with us early in the research process.

Full List of Library Knowledge Specialists


Many Unitec theses are available online through the Unitec Research Bank. Links to online theses can also be found on LibrarySearch under the Catalogue tab. The Hub Library also holds a print copy of some Unitec theses in a closed collection. These print copies are listed in our catalogue, and can only be used in the Library.

Theses from other universities are interfiled in the general collection and may be borrowed.

Guide to the Presentation of Theses

Please contact your supervisor for UNITEC's Guide to the presentation of theses. It includes guidelines on language, style, format and copyright.

Reference Management Software

Mendeley is the referencing management software recommended for postgraduate students at Unitec. This cloud-based software program allows you to create, store and manage bibliographic references, which are useful for writing academic papers. It allows you to import references from the library catalogue and databases directly into your reference ‘library’.


SPSS, the statistical software from IBM, can be downloaded and installed on your own computer. It does require a personal authorization code which the library provides. See the Library Guide to SPSS for download links and instructions.


Our How to Research page provides an introduction to basic library research skills. There are numerous books in the library to help you start your research. Below are listed just a few:

Anderson, J., & Poole, M. (1998). Thesis and assignment writing. Brisbane: John Wiley.
Call number: 808.06 AND

Borden, I. & Ray, K. R. (2006). The dissertation: an architecture student's handbook. 2nd ed. Oxford: Architectural
Call number: 808.06672 BOR

Bell, J. (1999). Doing your research project: A guide for first-time researchers in education and social science. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Call number: 370.78 BEL

Fink, A. (1998). Conducting research literature reviews: from paper to the Internet Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Call number: 001.42 FIN

Hart, C. (2005). Doing your masters dissertation: realizing your potential as a social scientist. London: Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
Call number: 808.066378 HAR

Healey, J.F. (2002). Statistics: A tool for social research. Belmont, C.A.: Wadsworth.
Call number: 519.5 HEA

Lane, N. (1996). Techniques for student research: A practical guide. Melbourne: Longman Australia.
Call number: 025.56 LAN

Morris, T. (2006). Social work research methods: four alternative paradigms. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.
Call number: 361.3072 MOR

Murray, R. (2005). Writing for academic journals. Maidenhead, Berkshire: Open University Press.
Call number: 808.042 MUR

Polonsky, M. J. & Waller, D. S. (2005). Designing and managing a research project: a business student's guide. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.
Call number: 658.4030072 POL

Quinton, S. & Smallbone, T. (2006). Postgraduate research in business: a critical guide. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications. Call number:650.072 QUI

Wilkinson, D. (2000). The researcher's toolkit. London: Routledge.
Call number: 001.42 RES

Wisker, G. (2001). The postgraduate research handbook: succeed with your MA, MPhil, EdD, and PhD. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave.
Call number: 001.42 WIS