Library Search help

Q. How do I find information on a topic?

A. Run a Simple Search in Library Search.

Just type one or more relevant keywords and click the Search button . If you enter multiple keywords, Library Search will return results that contain all of the keywords.

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Q. How can I use phrase searching to narrow my search?

A. Type your preferred phrase inside quotation marks.

Just enclose your keywords in quotation marks and click the Search button .

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Q. How can I widen my search by using multiple terms with similar meanings?

A. Use a series of phrase searches or keywords separated by the word OR in uppercase.

Enter two or more phrases in quotation marks. Separate the phrases with an OR before clicking the Search button .

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Q. How can I exclude a keyword or phrase from my search?

A. Separate your keywords using NOT in uppercase: finance NOT blockchain.

Enter two keywords, separated by a NOT before clicking the Search button .

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Q. How can I widen my search using wildcards?

A. Replace individual letters in your keywords with ? and *.

Use a question mark (?) to replace single characters. Enter wom?n to search for woman and women.

An asterisk (*) replaces multiple characters. Enter cultur* to search for records that contain culture, cultural, and culturally. An asterisk is particularly useful when spelling conventions differ between the Australia and the United States (humor/humour).

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Q. How do I find a specific book?

A. Run an Advanced Search.

To run an Advanced Search, simply follow these steps:

  • Click on the Advanced Search link next to the Search box on the first page.


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  • Choose Title from the first pull-down menu on the screen that appears.
  • Enter the title of the book in the first search box.
  • Choose Book from the Material Type pull-down menu.

Title -- financial accounting -- books

  • Click on the Search button.

If a title search is not enough on its own, add the author/creator's family name to your search.

Title -- Author -- Books -- Search

Q. How do I find a specific article?

A. Run an Advanced Search on the article title.

To run an Advanced Search, simply follow these steps:

  • Click on the Advanced Search link next to the Search box on the first page.
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  • Choose Title from the first pull-down menu on the screen that appears.
  • Enter part of all of the article title in the first search box.
  • Choose Article from the Material Type pull-down menu.
  • Click on the Search button.

Title -- Adventures of Miranda -- Articles

  • Click on the Search button.

If a title search is not enough on its own, add the author/creator's family name to your search.

Title -- Author/Creator -- Articles

Q. How do I request the loan of a print book?

A. If a book in our collection is not available online, you can request a loan and we will send it out to you.

To request a loan, follow these steps:

  • Sign in to Library Search.

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  • Run your search.
  • Click on the title.
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  • Click on the Borrow from UNE button.
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  • Fill out the online form.
  • Click on Submit.

If you click on the the Copy of chapter button, we will scan up to one chapter or 10% of a book and send a digital copy to your UNE email address. If you don't know what chapter you require, just request the contents pages.

Q. How do I request a copy of a paper journal article?

A. If a journal article is not available online, you can place a copy request in Library Search.

Making a request for a paper journal article requires following these steps:

  • Sign in to Library Search.
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  • Run a search for the title of the paper journal in which the article was published.
  • Click on the journal title.
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  • Click on the Digital copy button.
  • Copy Request
  • Fill out the online form providing the author, article title, journal title, volume, issue and page numbers.
  • Click on Submit.
Q. How do I renew loans?

A. Loans are automatically renewed at the end of the set borrowing period, so this is unnecessary.

Items that have been recalled or reached their maximum number of renewals will not be automatically renewed.
If a hold or recall has been placed by another client, an email will be sent to you asking you to return the item on loan to you.
Q. What should I do if the book I needs is out on loan?

A. Place a online request for that item.

This will ensure that the item that you have requested will not be automatically renewed.

Q. How can I narrow my search to peer-reviewed articles?

A. Use the Peer-reviewed Journals facet.

To narrow your search to peer-reviewed articles, run your search and then click on the Peer-reviewed Journals facet on the right. Library Search will exclude everything except articles from peer-reviewed journals from your search.

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Q. How can I narrow my search to online resources?

A. Use the Full Text Online facet.

To narrow your search to peer-reviewed articles, simply run your search and then click on the Full Text Online facet on the right. Library Search will exclude everything except results that are online.

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Q. How can I narrow my search to resources in the Library's paper collection?

A. Use the Available in the Library facet.

To narrow your search to paper resoures in the Library, simply run your search and then click on the Available in the Library facet on the right. Library Search will exclude online resources.

Available in the Library

Q. How can I restrict my search to particular types of materials?

A. Use one of the Type facets.

To narrow your search to paper resoures in the Library, simply run your search and then select the appropriate facet from the list of Type facets. If the material type you require is not visible, click on the Show More button.

Material type facets

Q. How can I request something from another library?

A. Sign in and then click on the Request from elsewhere link in the upper right.

If you are eligible for this service*, simply click on the Sign in link and enter your UNE username/password. Afterwards, click on the Request from elsewhere link link on the main menu and complete the online form.

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You can request a loan of a print book or digital copies of articles and book chapters. You cannot request e-books.

*Requesting from other libraries is available to students at graduate level or above (Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, Honours degree, Masters or PhD) and staff.

Q. What help is available if I have trouble using ebooks?

The Library has some useful pages on ebooks. To contact the Library please submit an online request or call the Service Desk on 1800 059 735.