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 tab in the top menu. Articles from these journal are, or have been, selectively indexed in VOCEDplus. Each title is linked to a 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 'Australian landmark reports', which are those 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 collections can be accessed from the home page via the links in the 'Special Collections' box or the 'Browse' tab on the main menu.


Q: What RSS feeds are available in VOCEDplus?

You can get RSS feeds for:

  • All new items added to VOCEDplus
  • VOCEDplus highlights
  • New items added to the Thesis collection
  • New items added to the Pathways collection

You can also set up customised RSS feeds based on VOCEDplus searches. For further information on how to use 'RSS feeds' see the 'User Guide'.


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

Yes, you can set up a customised RSS feed to get updates when new items that match your search are added to VOCEDplus. For further information on how to use 'RSS feeds' see the 'User Guide'.


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 librarians 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 WELL items may need to be borrowed. Please note, the borrowing of 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' is an online reference service 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.