Learning and Research Services

Learning and Research Services

Learning and Research Services

This information page will provide faculty members with featured library services and resources tailored to support teaching, learning and research endeavours.

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Services and Resources to Support Teacher Teaching and Research 


Reading List 

ReadingList is a service that enables instructors to curate and manage course reading materials to ensure students can access essential readings and materials with a few clicks. Both instructors and students can access the reading list by clicking the link on the Moodle course page. More details on the Guide - ReadingList@HKUL: https://libguides.lib.hku.hk/readinglist 

Turnitin and Turnitin Draft Coach 

Turnitin is an internet-based similarity detection service. Teachers can request a tutorial on how to use Turnitin, from creating an instructor’s account to using the newest AI Writing Detection feature. Besides, instructors and students alike can use Turnitin Draft Coach on their Microsoft Word Online documents for similarity checks, citation checks, and grammar guides. More details on the Guide – Turnitin: https://libguides.lib.hku.hk/turnitin/ 


Scholars Hub 

Scholars Hub is HKU’s institutional repository which preserves, showcases, and disseminates your research outputs. More details about how to search the Hub, update ResearchPage, and manage your IDs on the Guide – Scholars Hub:  https://libguides.lib.hku.hk/Scholars_Hub 

DataHub:  Research Data Sharing & Sustainable Digital Scholarship 

The institutional data repository - DataHub is a comprehensive repository for storing, preserving, and publishing any data and scholarly outputs of research and digital projects produced by members of the HKU community.  The data publication and collections sharing services are available free of charge to HKU faculty members. Click below to learn more about 

Open Access 

Open access publishing aims to make scientific research transparent and inclusive. By making your research outputs open access, you can also enjoy the potential benefits such as enhanced reach and increased citations. Check-out a list of benefits, policies, and charges waivers and discounts for you here: https://libguides.lib.hku.hk/openaccess 

E-Resources Supporting Teaching 

Teaching staff may use library-subscribed resources to support their teaching, from adopting e-textbooks to embedding e-videos in the online learning platform. Below are a few suggested resources: 

E-Books / E-Textbooks 



More Resources at Databases: https://libguides.lib.hku.hk/az.php  

Suggest a Purchase (link) 

Textbook Adoption and Purchase Service 

The Academic and Professional Book Centre (A&P) (https://apbookshop.com/hku) provides textbook purchase service for HKU teachers and students. Teaching staff may fill in textbook adoption information on the application form at https://apbookshop.com/HKU/EN/Adoption/Contact. Students can purchase textbooks via the platform once the book lists are available. 


Services and Resources to Support Student Learning 

General Training and Workshops 

When every semester starts, general training and workshops are provided in the library to enhance students’ information literacy skills through onsite and online courses covering database navigation, citation management topics, a brief introduction of library resources and services. All students are welcome.  

Thematic Training and Workshops 

Every semester, limited quotas of face-to-face training and workshops in Digital Tools/Hacks for Effective Learning and Research will be provided in the Main Library. Topics include but is not limited to EndNote, Turnitin and Turnitin Draft Coach, Find@HKUL, and Database Training series. You may refer to the following for some existing resources on the digital tools: 

Recording and materials of previous training and workshops are available for students.  

Besides, teaching staff are also welcome to request a tailor-made session on the above topics for their students by making an appointment with Subject Librarians. You may contact your Subject Librarian for more information.  

Click to view Library Training (Calendar): https://lib.hku.hk/general/instruction/index.html 

Self-paced Online Courses 



E-resources cover a wide range of online resources, including e-books, e-journals, and databases. Access all subscribed HKU e-resources at https://libguides.lib.hku.hk/az.php (HKU Portal Login required). 

Physical Collections  

The Main Library comprises a collection on the arts, education, humanities, architecture, social sciences, and science & technology. It also houses the (1) Special Collections, which focuses on Hong Kong materials and other specialised collections, including Western rare books on China. The (2) AV Collection holds a collection of audio-visual items on an open shelf. Course Reserves materials are held in the (3) Self-service Collection room on the 2/F of the Main Library (New Wing). More details on Collections Guide: https://lib.hku.hk/general/location/main_library.html 

Library Guides (abbr. LibGuides) 

Customised library guides with additional information on library resources related to a specific field for supporting the studies and teaching practices of HKU Faculties. More details on Library Guides: https://libguides.lib.hku.hk/  

Research Consultation 

One-on-one research consultation service on effective information research by our Librarians in specialised subjects can be offered to registered HKU academic staff and postgraduate students, and registered HKU SPACE academic staff. More details at https://lib.hku.hk/mainlib/reference/research_consult.html 

Contact Us 

Contact Subject Librarians for more information or email via the Email-a-Librarian service at https://lib.hku.hk/check_form/ask_a_librarian-form/