The Library offers a range of Information Research Skills (IRS) programmes that incorporate the Research Skills Development Framework.

IRS TRAINING for undergraduate and post-graduate students is available ONLINE for all students across the USP Network. These sessions are advertised via tukutuku, FB and on MOODLE. Furthermore, the ONLINE sessions are offered from the IRS Lab on Level A at the Laucala Campus and students at Laucala are encouraged to and may attend in the F2F mode.

The library (Laucala) offers walk-in sessions which are advertised on social media and All-staff/student email. These walk in sessions for undergraduates take place every week during semester and cover a range of topics from planning your search to referencing skills.  We strongly encourage all students to attend these sessions as they deliver skills that academics expect their students to possess in order to do research for their assignments. The Undergraduate IRS modules consists of the following:

Module 1 – Planning your Search
Module 2 – Search Tips
Module 3 – Searching Beyond Books
Module 4 – Evaluating Information
Module 5 – Citation Styles
Module 6 – Using Mendeley
Module 7 – Using Endnote
Module 8 – Plagiarism

Post-graduate students are required by Senate to complete a mandatory 14.5 hours of Information Research Skills training in their first semester of enrolment. It is necessary to proceed into semester two of study programmes. The course is offered ONLINE via Moodle. More information can be found in this FAQ

For students who prefer to complete this course in a classroom setting; we also offer face-to-face (F2F) tutorials by professional staff at Alafua, Emalus, Laucala and the Solomon Islands. Sessions are advertised via All-staff/student email. The Post-graduate IRS modules consists of the following:

Module 1: Library Access, Coverage & Services
Module 2: Finding The Literature Using Search@USP Library
Module 3: Selecting Databases for your Research
Module 4: Searching Beyond Basics
Module 5: Web Searching, Google Scholar and Grey Literature
Module 6: Finding USP Theses and Guidelines
Module 7: Current Awareness
Module 8: Working With Citation Tools Using EndNote/Mendeley to Manage References
Module 9: Researcher ID
Module 10: Presenting Information

USP Campus and Centre Libraries in the Region

Campus Libraries without professional Library staff may receive tutorials from Laucala on request using video conference software. Campus Directors, academics and PG students should contact the IRS Coordinator, Ms. Vasiti Chambers on email or call (679) 3232287 to arrange sessions.


The Library strongly encourages academics to work with their Liaison Librarian (LL)  to identify and offer information research skills sessions tailored to specific courses and programmes.

The Library also offers IRS training for academic staff and support staff on request.

For further information on any of the above or to arrange sessions contact the IRS Coordinator, Ms. Vasiti Chambers; (679) 3232287.