At this point, as you're now looking at beginning your research via the library catalogue and the wider Internet, it's probably a good time to mention some basic principles for using the World Wide Web safely and appropriately.
Students and staff at TAFE SA have a right to work and study in an environment free from harassment, discrimination or threatening behaviour.
Whether you're studying face to face or online, you can expect to:
be treated with courtesy and respect
learn in a supportive and safe environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying
have concerns and complaints taken seriously and addressed promptly
have reasonable learning needs met regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, age, or mode of study
have access to counselling and support services
Students are expected to:
treat others with courtesy and respect
know and observe student polices and procedures
act in a fashion not likely to be perceived as discrimination, harassment or bullying
act in a professional manner during work placements or other forms of practice-based learning activities and respect the confidentiality of information made available as part of that work experience
respect TAFE SA property and facilities and not interfere with the performance of staff or the ability of other students to benefit from their studies.
TAFE SA has a range of policies to describe your rights and responsibilities in detail - you can view them here.
Let's look at some specific ways of keeping yourself safe online and the correct netiquette (i.e. online etiquette) to follow in communicating with others online.
(The following pages partially adapted from Netiquette & Cyber Safety, TAFE NSW 2017)