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Library 101: A user's guide: Searching

Getting started with the Library


Quick Guide for Undergraduates

By selecting a blue title bar you can:

  • access guidelines for using library services and facilities e.g. borrowing
  • refine your skills e.g. searching using Boolean logic, personalising and saving searches

When you click a title bar, materials including instructions, videos and screenshots, will guide through the steps you need to follow.

I want to know how to...

search books, multimedia and realia using the library catalogue
search for journal articles (print and electronic)

The Library has access to an extensive collection of electronic journals through databases to which Fed Uni subscribe. These journals are available by searching: 


Searching for journal articles (an extended interactive tutorial in several segments, allow about an hour or several 10-minute sessions)
limit a catalogue search by format (e.g. DVDs), year, using more search options
personalise and save my search results


By selecting My Account from the top right hand corner of the search page, you can make refinements to your search options.  

Using My Account allows you to organise and save items whilst using Quick Search.

Each enquiry made during a session is stored for future reference so you can return to a particular search or continue searching later.

You may also choose to save a search in Queries. By doing so, you will save the combinations of words and refinements entered in the Quick Search query.

When you have logged in, Save Search will appear at the bottom left hand column.

You can keep a copy of your search results on your e-Shelf.

Individual items can also be saved to your e-Shelf by clicking on the star next the item in the results list.

To return to a saved item, click the Queries tab and select Saved queries & alerts.

Alerts can be set to have a search generated automatically at scheduled time with the results emailed to you.

REMEMBER: Saving an item is not the same as requesting an item. To request an item you must first check the items availability and choose the Request tab.

  • Search Results

Using your search results.

Search results allow you to see the resource type, title, author and publication details. By clicking on the title or Details tab you can access further information including executive summaries, PDFs of full text (for journals) and view e-books online.

When you have logged in, and selected an item further actions can be taken by clicking the Actions menu.


access electronic books
  • eBooks
    Federation University Australia Library has over 250,000 eBooks available to use, and our eBook collection is constantly growing. eBooks can be accessed in a number of ways, which may vary slightly depending on a particular title's publisher, or access routes provided by a particular provider.
  • Library Subject Guides - What are eBooks? 
search for BONUS+ books
access other libraries catalogues