Matraville Sports High School

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Matraville Sports High School library is a place for students to enjoy and use to their fullest advantage. It is the heart of the school's facilities and provides students with resources and information services.

Our Mission

Our aim is "to enhance teaching and students' learning within the total program of the school."

Libraries in NSW government schools: policy statement. Sydney: NSW Department of Education. 1987.


Our Vision

We envision that the library will:

  • Actively support the mission statement of the school.

  • Be people and service orientated.
  • Supply services and curriculum resources of the highest quality and relevance.
  • Bring a strong understanding, to the school and the community, of the information world and its information literacy and information technology implications.
  • Develop information literate students: students who can master the higher order thinking and analysis to select and evaluate resources; who will be lifelong, independent learners.
  • Work in partnership with faculties to meet both informationliteracy and curriculum needs.
  • Promote reading for academic and individual needs.
  • Encourage a love of literature.
  • Develop and encourage positive relationships with neighbouring libraries for the benefit of our students and staff.

Students elect to study during their lunch break


Library Staff

Teacher Librarian: Mrs B. Rowe

Library Assistant: Mrs V. Baker

Library Opening Hours

Monday – Friday    9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Circulation Policy

Year 7-10= 2 Fiction & 4 Non Fiction for 2 weeks

Year 11 -12= 2 Fiction & 6 Non Fiction for 2 weeks

Planning a Research Assignment

DEFINE what do you really need to find out about: get a clear understanding of the task; identify the key components: work out the key words.

LOCATE the information you need: which will be the best resources to provide the information and know why; where will be the best places to find the information, e.g. library, organisation, internet, person.

SELECT what is relevant: understand how various texts are constructed so you can find relevant information quickly;determine whether information is accurate. This is analysis. Analysing involves deciding whether the information will enable you to address the task.

ORGANISE the information collected:combine your ideas from different sources into your own unique answer. This is synthesis. Synthesising involves categorising the information selected, into a logical order so as to address the task.

PRESENT the completed task:structure into the required format necessary to meet the objectives of the task. Create a logical and coherent flow backed up by evidence and acknowledgement of resources.

ASSESS your work and the process you went through to complete it: identify what you learned and how you can improve.

Researching Advice for the Internet

Look at the web address (URL); ‘edu' and ‘gov' sites tend to be more reliable than ‘org', com' sites.

Check the home page for bias: who is sponsoring the site; what are their purposes;  do they exist; do they have a phone number and street address; are they credible?

Is there a ‘tilde ~' symbol in the URL? This implies that it is a personal web site and the information may not be as accurate or authoritative as an education or organisation site.

What is the author's name and credentials? Follow any links to find out this information or do a fresh search on the name. This will ascertain the perspective, philosophies and bias of the author. If there is no author, ask yourself why doesn't the author want to be identified.

When was the information written; when was it loaded onto the web and when was it updated or revised?

How is the information verified? Does it have a bibliography? If you are not certain of the facts, check another web site for verification.

Many articles are designed to appear scholarly but in reality they aim to sell you something. Advertisements should be separate and not part of the article.

Compiling a Bibliography

The bibliography, at the end of your essay, lists the sources you have used and is arranged alphabetically by author's surname. If you have cited more than one work by the same author, then sources are listed chronologically by date of publication for that author.

For ease of preparation it is a good idea to write out the full bibliographic details at the time you use a source. This prevents the problem of trying to find details like a publisher, or date of publication at the last minute when you have completed your essay. It makes more sense to keep adding to your bibliography as you go along.

There are several methods of setting out each bibliographic record but at MSHS we have chosen to use the Harvard method.

A detailed method description is available in the library. However, for a book with one author or a website, follow the instructions below:-


Author's surname, author's first name. (Year of publication). Title highlighted. Place of publication: Publisher (no need for Press; Books; Ltd)


Grassmayr, Jacqueline. (2013). Canon reloaded. Melbourne: Cambridge University. p.12


Website content author. (date of most recent update). Page title. Date accessed.


British Museum. (1999).The gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt.  Accessed 29 August 2013.

Get reading

Project Gutenberg for free ebooks. What a choice!


Our Community & Tertiary Libraries........our partners in lifelong learning

Randwick Community of Libraries: Bowen, Malabar and Randwick Libraries

The Bowen Library often has guest speakers and advice for HSC students. Keep a regular eye on this site to ensure you don't miss out. Their access to the State Library's eresources is a boon, especially for our Legal Studies and CAFS students. However, you must have a membership number to gain access. Senior students can do this through your teacher librarian.

State Library of NSW.......Macquarie St. Sydney

Access to the State Library's eresources is a boon, especially for our Legal Studies and CAFS students. However, you must have a membership number for the Randwick libraries or the State Library to gain access. Senior students can do this through your teacher librarian.

University of NSW Library

 You may visit and use resources in this library but you cannot borrow or access databases.

University of Sydney

You may visit and use resources in this library but you cannot borrow or access databases.

Essential HSC sites

Board of Studies NSW.......good for past papers.


NSW HSC online


Inside Break: NSW Libraries supporting HSC students


Recommended internet sites for your subjects

Aboriginal Studies

UNSW Inigenous Law Centre

Refer especially to The Indigenous Law Bulletin


Legal Studies

State Library of NSW's LIAC section

Refer especially to the Hot Topics link and the HSC link.


UNSW Indigenous Law Centre

Refer especially to The Indigenous Law Bulletin


Civics & Citizenship Education: a guide to Government & Law in Australia