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.


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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF218 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Information tools and processes
Descriptive cataloguing: rda and marc
Bibliographic classification
Using controlled vocabularies

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.