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Pacific Islands Studies: Home

Kia orana! Talofa lava! Malo e lelei! Ni sa bula! Aloha! Warm Pacific Greetings!

Nau mai, haramai! This guide serves as a starting point for students and researchers looking for Pacific resources at Otago. Here you can find information on resources from across the University of Otago Library collections and links to recommended freely accessible content.

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Megan Vaughan
Law Library, 8th Floor, Richardson Building, University of Otago, Dunedin.
+64 3 479 8915

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Postgraduate Information Sessions and Workshops 2022

Subject Librarians are running a set of information sessions and workshops specifically for postgraduate students. Please book now to secure your spot and build skills that will enhance your research journey in these topics. Registrations are now open: for Library Information Sessions and Workshops; for Library & ITS EndNote Workshops.


Library Information Sessions:

Wednesday 28 Sep


Postgraduate Library Services - An introduction to library services offered at Otago for postgraduate students.

Thursday 6 Oct


Research Data Management - Make sense of the complexity around data storage, description, re-use and archiving.

Tuesday 11 Oct


Getting published - Practical tips for postgraduates. Learn how to develop a publishing strategy and identify the right journals for submission.

Thursday 13 Oct


Impact Metrics - Understand tools that explain impact factors and ranking for what to read, where to publish, and how to get cited.

Wednesday 26 Oct


Effective Search Strategies - Learn how to search recommended databases for relevant literature, and manage your results.

Wednesday 9 Nov


Thesis Information For new thesis students, about preparation, copyright compliance, submitting, and depositing.

Wednesday 23 Nov


Researcher Profiles - Building an online profile to promote your research, and yourself.

Library & ITS EndNote Workshops:

Friday 16 Sep 9.15-10.45am

EndNote: key functions PC - Learn the essentials of EndNote. This course is jointly run by IT Training and Development and Subject Librarians.

Friday 14 Oct 3-4pm

EndNote: advanced functions PC - Supplementary material to our course EndNote: Key Functions PC. You will need to have a good understanding of basic EndNote functions before attending this course. This course is jointly run by IT Training and Development and Subject Librarians.

Friday 4 Nov 9.15-10.45am

EndNote: advanced functions Mac - Supplementary material to our course EndNote: Key Functions Mac. You will need to have a good understanding of basic EndNote functions before attending this course. This course is jointly run by IT Training and Development and Subject Librarians.

Libraries on campus

There are six libraries on campus and you can use all of them.

Each library has:

  • resources for specific subject areas
  • different spaces for individual or group study
  • slightly different opening hours
  • wireless access to the student network

Use your ID card as your library card to borrow books.

All library notices are sent to your University email account.

Central Library - Te Whare Pukapuka Matua

Subject area: Commerce & Humanities

Located in the Information Services Building on the corner of Albany & Cumberland

Health Sciences Library - Te Whare Pukapuka Whaiora

Subject area: Health Sciences and also serves the Southern DHB

Located in the Sayers Building opposite Dunedin Hospital

Hocken Collections - Te Uare Tāoka o Hākena

Subject area: histories, cultures and natural environments of Aotearoa, the Pacific and Antarctica with special emphasis on southern New Zealand

Located at the corner of Anzac Avenue and State Highway 88

Hocken Collections is a reference-only research library, gallery & archive open to both the University and the public. See more on the Hocken website.

Sir Robert Stout Law Library - Te Whare Pukapuka Ture

Subject area: Law

Located on the 8th floor of the Richardson building in the heart of campus

Robertson Library - Te Whare Pukapuka Mātauranga

Subject area: Education and also serves the Otago Polytechnic*

Located on Union St East

*Polytech students use the Polytech Library website to access Library services & resources

Science Library - Te Whare Pukapuka Pūtaiao

Subject area: sciences, medical sciences and Health Science First Year

Located in the Science III building next to the St David St Lecture Theatre

Related Guides

Featured New Resource

Toksave Pacific Gender Resource seeks to ensure quality Pacific research and knowledge, with a specific gender focus. Toksave is an independent website established and run by Pacific gender researchers across the region. From peer-reviewed material to podcasts this open access resource features research covering a broad range of categories including arts, culture, sport, environment, politics and more. Click on the banner above to explore for yourself.

Support Around Campus

Te Huka Mātauraka Māori Centre

Te Roopū Māori Māori Students' Association

Te Pokapū mā kā ākoka o kā Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa Pacific Islands Centre

Whaowhia Te Kete Mātauraka Student Learning Development

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