Q1: How do I find research information for my assignments?

Q2: How do I find past exam papers?

Q3: How can I effectely search electronic resources?

Q4: What if I need assistance in a specific subject area?

Q5: Can I access the electronic resources from home?

Q6: With my wireless mobile device, can I surf the Web in the Library?

Q7: What are the course packs? How can I access them in the Library?

Q8: I have read many books and articles. How can I get more organised?


A1: Simply enter your topic keywords into the search box right at the heart of the Libraries’ Homepage.  Through this discovery tool, you can quickly find books and articles in one go.  Sophisticated researchers who need to discover a topic in great depths may wish to search specific tools, such as Dragon (HKUL catalogue) or the databases under Electronic Resources.



A2: ExamBase provides full text to HKU past examination papers. For access, point to HKUL Homepage > Research Tools > HKUL Digital Initiatives, where you will find other local digitisation projects such as HKU Scholars Hub and Hong Kong Government Reports Online (1842-1941).


A3: Join our library courses available throughout the term time. Course schedule is online at Libraries Homepage > Research Support > Training. Or visit the Libraries' Research Guides for online instructions on how to use the databases and other resources.


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A4: Contact your Faculty Librarian or Branch Librarian. They help develop collections and services for assigned subject areas and serve as the Libraries’ liaison to their faculties.


A5: In general, the Libraries’ electronic resources are on restricted access. HKU staff, students and HKU SPACE staff can access the e-resources from a remote site by authenticating with their HKU Portal UID and PIN. HKU SPACE students (with borrowing privileges) and Circle of Friends (Platinum) members can authenticate with their library card number and PIN.


A6: The HKU Libraries has wireless hotspots that cover all seating areas. To go wireless, HKU staff and students should configure their notebook PCs or mobile devices for Universities Wi-Fi connection. Other patrons may wish to use the HKU Open Wi-Fi.


A7: Some professors compile a list of recommended readings for their students in the form of a course pack, which may be in print or electronic format. Print course packs are available for purchase at the AV department in the Main Library, while the online course packs can be accessed from Dragon or Moodle.


A8: Use Endnote, the bibliographic software which will help you manage references and cite while you write. Current HKU staff and students can download a copy of Endnote on their PC. Join an Endnote workshop to learn how to use this software.