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Finding Information Starter Guide: Finding Books: the Basics

Very basic beginner overview of our information resources and how best to find books, journals and use our databases. Aimed at new students.

Finding Books in OneSearch

Find a Book in OneSearch

Use OneSearch to find information from many sources.

Key in your search terms: authors, titles, subject words or phrases - be as specific as you can.

Here are some examples:

  • James Joyce
  • Rural Ethiopia
  • Curtin Kelly
  • Stevens Harmonium
  • After the celtic tiger

Use the filters on the left side of OneSearch to narrow your results to books by first selecting books/ebooks from the Content Type section and then selecting library catalogue or Full text online depending on whether you want print books or ebooks. Check out out our tutorials on Finding books Using OneSearch and Finding Books on your Reading List

After you have conducted your initial search you can then use the filters on the left of the screen to refine your search results. Among the choices available to you are by type of material, date, discipline or Library location.

If you need to do a more complex search you can use our advanced search facility.  The advanced search allows you to combine different search terms and set up limits such as date or type of material.

You can save references that you are interested in by clicking on the folder icon beside each reference. This will add the reference to a folder, located beside the search box. This folder is temporary, so any references you have saved there will disappear when you shut the browser. The folder has options for saving, email, displaying in a number of reference styles or exporting to EndNote. 

For exact phrase search, enclose in "" For example the query “teacher education” will find results with that phrase.

Searches within OneSearch can be performed using the wildcards “?” and “*”.

The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find “Olsen” or “Olson” by searching for “Ols?n”.

The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. A search for “Ch*ter” would match “Charter”, “Character”, and “Chapter”. When used at the end of a word, such as “Temp*”, it will match all suffixes “Temptation”, “Temple” and “Temporary”.

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.
Always click on Clear Filters at top left of screen before starting a new search.  If you select the New Search option all previous filters, date ranges etc. will be cleared.

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Finding and Borrowing Books on Your Reading List (video)

Finding Books using OneSearch

Watch a short tutorial on how to find print books and ebooks using OneSearch:

Finding Information on a Topic

Watch a short tutorial on how to find information on a topic using OneSearch:

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