FAQs about... VOCEDplus features and services


Q: What journals are indexed in VOCEDplus?

You can find a list of key journals indexed in VOCEDplus by selecting the 'Browse journals' link from the 'Browse' menu. Articles from these journals are, or have been, selectively indexed in VOCEDplus. Each title is linked to a ‘holding’ record that provides information about the journal and contains a link to all articles indexed in VOCEDplus from that journal.

Occasionally, relevant articles from other journals may also be indexed in VOCEDplus.


Q: What are special collections?

These are groups of documents selected by the VOCEDplus team and tagged so that they are automatically gathered together in one place for easy browsing and access.

One example is the 'National landmark reports', which are reports that have influenced the development of tertiary education (vocational education and training and higher education) systems in Australia. Another is the 'Thesis collection' which brings together theses in tertiary education.

The 'Special collections' can be accessed by selecting the 'Browse Collections' link under the 'Browse' menu.


Q: What RSS feeds are available in VOCEDplus?

The VOCEDplus website offers a number of RSS feeds including for 'New titles' and 'VOCEDplus highlights'. You can subscribe to these RSS feeds by right clicking on the RSS feed icon and pasting the URL into your feed reader, e.g. Microsoft Outlook or other feed readers.


Q: I've done a search. Can I get updates when new items related to my search are added to VOCEDplus?

Yes, you can create customised RSS feeds from your searches to find out when new items relating to your search are added to VOCEDplus. Run your search then copy the URL of the search results page from your browser address box and paste it into your feed reader.


Q: What is the 'Request from NCVER' service?

The 'Request from NCVER' service is a method of obtaining the full-text of an item held in the VOCEDplus collection but not available electronically. This may consist of receiving a copy of an article or paper by email or the loan of a book by post.

By clicking on the 'Request from NCVER' link in an item record, you simply need to complete the online form which has already been pre-populated with the item details. Our staff will endeavour to action your request within five working days.

Items such as journal articles, conference papers, and reports can, in most cases, be scanned and emailed. Items such as books, conference proceedings and Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) collection items may need to be borrowed. Please note, the borrowing of hard copy items is not available to overseas users.


Q: I have requested a document from VOCEDplus. When can I expect a response?

The average turn-around times are 1-2 days. If you have not received a response within five working days, it may be because you supplied an incorrect email address. Please send an email to voced@ncver.edu.au with details of your request.


 Q: What is the 'Ask a librarian' service? 

The 'Ask a Librarian service', available via the 'Help' page, is an online form that allows you to seek advice and assistance with conducting research and using the VOCEDplus database.

Complete the online form with as much detail as possible and our librarians will attempt to provide you with helpful information. Basic assistance is free, but complex queries will incur fees. See 'Our Services' for more information.

The Ask a Librarian Research Services encompass a range of fee-based services drawing on the expertise of the NCVER Knowledge Management branch members. These range from foundation-level services, including literature searches and citation analysis through to advanced- and customised-level services such as research reviews and topic reading lists.