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English as a Second Language (ESL): Welcome


Welcome to this guide which is designed for CSU students who have English as a second language. It will help you to find resources in the Library to help you develop English language and academic research skills. It will also link you to some useful ESL web resources.

Library training videos

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Library Word Meanings

Common Library Words is an explanation of a number of words and phrases you might come across when using the Library or the Library's resources.

Created by the University of Newcastle Library, it also includes translations of these words into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Arabic.

Find the Library's resources using Primo Search

Primo Search

Use Primo Search to find information your topic:

  • After you have run a search, use the Refine My Results panel to limit to specific types of resources like books
  • For more tips on using Primo Search, see the Primo Search Help Guide.
  • For more information on borrowing, see the Library's Borrowing webpage.

Finding a print book on the shelves

CALL NUMBERS identify and organise items by specific topics. Charles Sturt University uses the DEWEY System for each item. Read the call numbers from left to right on each book shelf and always include all letters after the number!


791       First, read the numbers before the decimal point.

.4302    Then read the numbers after the decimal point.

HEAD    Lastly, read the letters.

If you can't find something, please ask a library staff member, or contact the library!

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