INF218 Providing Access to Information (8)

Providing access to information resources across a range of formats and delivery modes is a fundamental component of information work. This subject introduces students to the methods that information professionals typically use to provide access to the information resources they collect and manage. Students learn the basic requirements for creating resource descriptions that can be used to find, identify, select and obtain a range of materials. Subject access by means of a controlled indexing language, as well as a standard classification scheme, is also covered.

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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF218. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to generate descriptions of a range of information resources through the accurate use of standard cataloguing tools;
  • be able to provide topical access to common textual materials through the use of a subject thesaurus;
  • be able to use a standard classification scheme to arrange resources by subject;
  • be able to identify errors and omissions in bibliographic data for quality control purposes; and
  • be able to explain the value and functions of common bibliographic data elements.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Information access tools
  • Describing information resoures
  • Creating decriptions
  • Subject indexing
  • Classifying resources
  • Original and copy cataloguing


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.