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For Secondary Students

Services for Students

Over the last year there have been major changes to the library and the services it can provide students.

  • From June to December each year we also provide a special study space for WACE students with access to various study resources including out of date exam papers. The WACE Study Space is now open!

  • The ground floor of the State Library has been completely updated into the new Discovery Lounge.  In the Discovery Lounge there is free wifi and over 50 PCs which are freely available for public use.  There is a printer and photocopier available as well.  
  • Check out our range of eresources.  From the State Library you can access a wide range of electronic resources to support your studies, these include e-books, e-newspapers and encyclopaedias.
  • Also on the ground floor you can access up-to-date national, international and interstate daily newspapers.  You can check out the Wall Street Journal from New York, the Strait Times from Singapore or The Sydney Morning Herald...
  • Our new exhibition space on the ground floor has free displays from around the state of Western Australia as well as frequent exhibitions of treasures from our state collection.  
  • The State Library has a wide range of flexible work spaces for students seeking a space to concentrate on their studies. 
  • We also offer programs for school excursions so if you're interested in coming with your class and getting assistance finding information effectively on any of your assignments discuss a school excursion with your teacher.  Excursion details are on the Teachers page.

Where are we?

Perth city, near the central train station between the Museum and Art Gallery.

Check us out on Google maps!

http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Alexander+Library&sll=-25.335448,135.745076&sspn=34.69083,48.076172&ie=UTF8&ll=-31.947975,115.861505&spn=0.003805,0.005869&t=h&z=17&iwloc=A

I Can't find anything!

Pile of books

Top 10 tips for getting useful search results!

      
  • Keywords
        
    Write as many words down that relate to your topic or question. Think laterally. Use the thesaurus to get synonyms (words with similar meanings).
        
        Handy Tip
    Open a Microsoft word document and type a keyword in Eg. 'homework' , use the cursor to highlight the word, then press the 'Shift + F7' keys. 
        
      
  • Phrase searching
        Use quotation marks " " to keep search terms together. For example " Gold mining" will only find information where the words 'gold' and 'mining' are together.
        
  • Truncation
        
    Unsure of spelling, or wanting to expand your search results? Use the  * Asterix to truncate your word! For example cens* will find all words starting with the letters 'cens' including censer, censor, censured.
        
  • Location, location, location! 
        
    Do you need to restrict your search within Australia only OR should you do a world wide web search?
        
  • NOT
        
    Using NOT in your search box eliminates results that you don't want. For example gold mining  NOT jewellery.
            
  • Publishers
        
    Who do you think would publish or create the information you are looking for? Federal or State Government?, organisation (sports, law), newspaper article or journal?
        
  • Subject headings
        Use the subject headings from the library catalogue to expand your search, or find topics that might relate to what you are looking for.
        
  • Electronic resources
        Electronic resources offer you a wide range of full text articles, images, journals and maps on-line. This information isn't freely available on the web, however it can be accessed from home using your public library card.    
        
  • Find a Library!
        
    Visit your local library or come into the State Library. Don't forget to bring all your research.

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Peculiar Point: Lux

What is a Lux?

One Lux is a Lumen over a square meter and a Lumen is the luminous flux of a light source that is giving off a luminous intensity of one Candela in one direction. A common candle emits light with a luminous intensity of roughly one Candela. 

So very basically: one Lux is the light of a candle in one direction over one square meter.

50 Lux is recommended light levels of light sensitive materials. It was chosen because it was thought to be the lowest light level that a normal person could comfortably see an object.  

Lux hours and Lux light, what's the difference?

In conservation we like to think of 'Lux hours' not just light levels. We consider how many hours the object has been exposed to that particular light level. We multiply the Lux levels by the number of hours the item is on display. With institutions which are display orientated, they usually limit the number of Lux hours that the items can be displayed so that item may be shown for shorter or longer periods depending on the light levels selected i.e. Lower light levels = longer display period and vice versa.

Thanks to Jonathan Schmidt (State Library, Paper Conservator) for  this Peculiar Point.

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Page last updated: Wednesday 22 January 2014