Search the Catalogue

Before you can search effectively, you must analyse your topic or information need to select some key words or phrases.

Use instruction words such as AND, OR, NOT to define your search terms. e.g. Poetry AND Plato, Jane Austen OR George Eliot. Use truncation to identify all forms of a word. e.g. educat* (education, educators, educating).

A question mark (?) can also be used to replace a single letter in a word to retrieve  spelling variations and singular and plural word forms, for example: organi?ation.

Enter your search terms and instruction words into the search box in the Library’s search engine, Primo Search.

You can expand or refine your search by using the options on the left including by date, author, topic and resource type.

Evaluating your resources is a vital part of producing quality research. Here are some strategies and advice to assist you in this process.


Author – what qualifications, publications and influence does the author have?
Accuracy – how accurate is the information and is it backed up by other sources?
Bias – what is the author’s bias and what perspective are they coming from?
Breadth – does the resource deal with a narrow or broad topic and is it relevant to your research?
Currency – how old is this resource, is it still current
Credibility -is the author and content reliable and what other sources have been cited?

Evaluating Articles

Articles that are peer-reviewed have gone through a formal review process by editors or specialists prior to their publication. This means these articles are more likely to stand up to the AABBCC test and contribute relevant or original research to a particular field.

Evaluating Websites

The AABBCC test can be applied to websites as well as other information sources. Other factors to consider when evaluating websites include:

Influence: Is the content of the website subject to influence, for example by a corporate or political organisation?
Support: Are there other links and information provided?
Layout: Is the layout professional and easy to navigate?
Domain: .gov – government site
.com – commercial site
.org – organisation site
.edu – educational institution
.net – networks, organisations and Internet providers

Check the ‘About Us’ or ‘Home’ page to discern if the website is an official one and discover more about its authority.

Borrowing hours during semester

9am – 5pm

Tuesday: 9am – 9pm

Wednesday: 9am – 9pm

Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Friday: 9am – 5pm

Saturday: 1pm – 5pm

Sunday: Closed

Library Staff

Miss Keziah Doughty
College Librarian
Ph: (02) 9896 9307


Campion College Library has the following facilities:

  • A MAIN COLLECTION of about 25,000 books, with special emphasis in the subject areas of Philosophy, Theology, Cultural Studies, Literature and History. As Campion College grows, the collection is growing accordingly.
  • A REFERENCE COLLECTION, which includes encyclopaedias, dictionaries and other high-demand works
  • STUDY AREAS with carrels
  • A SCHOLARLY COLLECTION is being developed on the world around St. Edmund Campion, College Patron and Elizabethan scholar and further SPECIAL COLLECTIONS on John Henry Newman and G. K. Chesterton

Campion College is a member of the UNILINC consortium of universities and colleges which all share the same cataloguing system called Alma. This means that students in the member institutions are able to search the catalogues of the other UNILINC libraries. Campion currently has over 25,000 items, including reference works and special collections.


Special Collections

The Library has developed a number of special collections, some of which are sub-sets in the main collection, while others are located on separate shelving.


The World of Edmund Campion Collection (EC)

The World of Edmund Campion is a special collection providing a wealth of background material on the era of Edmund Campion and beyond. It extends from the period of Recusant Catholicism during the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century up to the mid-19th century when the Catholic Church in England, after three centuries of persecution and exclusion, was recognised once again as part of English life. In addition to publications by and on Campion himself (which are limited in number owing to his short life and the destruction of many of his works at his death), the collection contains books and journal volumes on many other figures and episodes in the course of three centuries.


The Early Church Fathers Collection (F)

The primary works of the Early Church Fathers are contained in this collection and include the series of Ancient Christian Writers, the Ante-Nicaean and Nicaean and Post-Nicaean Fathers, and the Ante-Nicaean Christian Library.


G.K. Chesterton  Collection (GKC)

This collection contains primary works by and secondary works about the well-known Catholic author G.K. Chesterton.


John Henry Newman Collection (N)

The extensive writings John Henry Newman are arranged as a special collection. These works include his lectures and sermons, published diaries and letters, theological and literary works as well as secondary material.


Lives of the Popes Collection (P)

This collection contains biographical works about the popes including multi volumes series such as The Lives of the Popes in the Middle Ages by Horace Mann, History of the Popes by Ludwig Pastor and The Lives and Times of the Popes by Chevalier Artaud de Montor.


Classics Collection (CL)

Campion College Library has an extensive and growing range of resources for the study of the classics, Latin and Greek languages, and philology. These include titles from the Loeb Classical Collection, Oxford Classics Collection, Cambridge Classics Collection, the Corpus Christianorum Series Latina and Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis.

Borrowing Books

Present your student ID card when borrowing books at the Loans Desk at the front of the Library.


Borrower Type Number of Items Standard Loan Period Renewals Number of Reserve Items Reserve Items Loan Period
Students 7 1 week 1 week 2 4 hours
Staff 10 14 weeks 14 weeks None
Alumni 3 1 week 1 week None
Interlibrary 3 8 weeks 4 weeks None



Renewing Books

Sign In to your Library account through the online catalogue. Select “My Account” to view your current loans. Select the loans you want to renew and click renew selected. Check the item status and new due date.

Items can’t be renewed if:

  • Someone else has requested them
  • They are already overdue
  • You have reached the renewal limit for them


Returning Books

Course Reserve books are to be returned to the Loans Desk. All other books may be returned to the chute at the Loans Desk during Library hours or to the chute in Computer Lab 1 after Library hours.


Reserving Books

  • Only books that are already on loan can be reserved
  • Course Reserve books cannot be reserved

To reserve main collection books, Sign In to your Library account with your student ID number and photocopier pin. Search for the item you would like in the search box. Click on Locations, under the required book, select Request. Fill in the details in the form and submit the request. You should be able to see your request by going to My Account.


Interlibrary Loans

Staff and students in their third year of study may apply for interlibrary Loans from the Loans Desk or by contacting the Librarian.



Avoid fines by keeping your books safe and returning them on time.


Main Collection Items $1 per day after a 7 days grace period.
Course Reserve Items $1 per day after a 12 hour grace period.
Lost Items $80 fine or replacement cost fee.
Maximum fine per book $20


Printing Credit

  • View your printing credit account at
  • To top up your printing account, pay at the Accounts department and then notify Student Administration.
  • Printing costs: Black and white $0.11 per page, colour $0.22 per page.



  • Photocopying costs $0.11 per page in black and white and $0.22 per page in colour.
  • To log in to the photocopier, use the last three digits of your student ID number plus the last digit of the year you started study at Campion. E.g. If you started in 2016, you would add 6.



  • Scanning is free of charge and can be done on the photocopier by selecting “Email.” Select your email from the address book and follow the instructions on the wall.
  • Copyright: All students and staff are required to abide by the Australian Copyright Laws. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure they comply with legislation in relation to copyright. Please see the Australian Copyright Council for more information, or ask the Librarian.



  • Laminating (A3 and A4) may be done at the library. Please see the Librarian for assistance.

Learning Centre

Campion College provides academic assistance to students through the College’s Learning Centre. The Centre assists students in developing and enhancing those generic skills crucial to learning and communicating ideas in a tertiary context. These include skills such as

  • critical reading
  • note taking
  • structuring and writing essays
  • developing an argument
  • preparing and delivering oral presentations
  • preparing effectively for exams
  • effective time-management
  • correct grammar and proof reading.

The Learning Centre is located in the College Library and is managed by the learning skills adviser.


Miss Keziah Doughty
College Librarian
Ph: (02) 9896 9307



Workshops on study skills topics are held on a regular basis during the first half of each semester. Please see notice boards and emails for further details.


Careers Advice

The Library offers information on careers advice and services. Please contact the Learning Skills Advisor for more details.


Individual Appointments

Individuals can book appointments to see the Learning Skills Advisor for assistance with their study practices.


Study Skills Resources

The Library provides a variety of handouts providing information on various study topics.

Reference Services

The Librarian is available to provide reference assistance to all students.


Online Study Tools