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Mathematical Science

Finding Books

We know you often like to use a couple of books to get broader coverage of a topic, and then use journal articles for specific points.

However, we realise your time is limited, and you can't always easily get to the Library during opening hours (and with COVID-19, the physical Library is closed).

Library Opening Hours
 

More hours...

Jessica, shown through glass door with closed sign

Fortunately, over half of the overall Library book collection is now available as ebooks, 24 hours a day. (Not all textbooks, unfortunately, as publishers still want to sell these to students individually, even as ebooks.)

 

About 99.9% of the journal collection is electronic.

Jessica shown with representation of ebook

Click the button below to show (and hide again) information for finding and reading ebooks:

Start in QuickSearch. Search for a topic.
screenshot, Library home page, indicating QuickSearch

 

Limit to Books (under Resource Type)
screenshot, results, list indicating Books option under Resource Type

 

If the Books link is not there, click on the Show More link, then click on Books.
screenshot, results list, indicating More options under Resource Type

 

Limit to Full Text Online (just eBooks)
screenshot, results list, indicating Full Text Online link

 

Depending on your topic, maybe also limit by Creation Date (publication date).
screenshot, results list, indicating Creation Date limits

 

To read the ebook, click on Online access. The book will open in another window.

Most ebooks will require a login using your normal Federation ID number and password (the same one you use for Moodle and Federation email).

Different ebook providers will have different reading and searching interfaces.

screenshot, results list, indicating links for View Online and Open source in a new window

After clicking the button above and reading how to search in QuickSearch, try it yourself:

Library QuickSearch - items on the shelves or in the Library's electronic collections and subscriptions

Look in the Library's QuickSearch

 

Start in QuickSearch (it's also the default search box on the Library home page). Search for a topic.
screenshot, Library home page, indicating QuickSearch

 

Limit to Books (under Resource Type)
screenshot, results, list indicating Books option under Resource Type

 

If the Books link is not there, click on the Show More link, then click on Books.
screenshot, results list, indicating More options under Resource Type

 

You can limit to books available at a single campus by finding the Library section and clicking your preferred library.
screenshot, results list, indicating option to limit by a specific campus library

 

Depending on your topic, maybe also limit by Creation Date (publication date) - type in the start year and click the Refine link
screenshot, results list, indicating Creation Date limits and Refine link

Click on the title of a book to reveal the full information.

In the full record, click on the Location area (there may be one or more libraries listed here).

`screenshot from QuickSearch indicating Locations area

This will take you to the (older) catalogue interface.

From there, click on the Request button.

screenshot of catalogue record, with Request button indicated

Login with your usual Federation username and password, and click the Submit button.

screenshot of login page with login fields and Submit button indicated

As all branch libraries are currently closed to walk-in users, there is only one choice under the Pickup Location - select "postal delivery".

Postal delivery (within Australia only while campus library buildings are closed due to COVID-19)

Items will be posted to you at the address in your My Library account. The item will be posted with a Reply Paid return label for you to post back for free before the due date.

While we are providing postal loans only, we will extend due dates of all current loans where possible.

In order to keep items circulating, the current demerits system still applies.

If you would like to return your items you can use Reply Paid 663 address provided below or the label provided when we post items to you. Please contact us if you would like us to provide a postal bag and label.

Reply Paid 663
Federation Library Returns
Federation University
PO BOX 663
BALLARAT VIC 3353

screenshot of request form indicating Pickup Location, Cancel if not filled date, and Submit button

Please specify a date after which you no longer want the book (if, for example, many other students already have a hold on the same book).

Click the Submit button.

You will get an acknowledgement message that your request has been successful.

 

After clicking the button above and reading how to search in QuickSearch, try it yourself:

Library QuickSearch - items on the shelves or in the Library's electronic collections and subscriptions

 

Federation has the print book but:

  • it's on loan
    or
  • it's on another campus
    or
  • you are not an on-campus student

Find the book on QuickSearch.

Click on the book title in the result list to reveal the full record.

In the full record, click on the Location area (there may be one or more libraries listed here).

`screenshot from QuickSearch indicating Locations area

This will take you to the (older) catalogue interface.

From there, click on the Request button.

screenshot of catalogue record, with Request button indicated

Login with your usual Federation username and password, and click the Submit button.

screenshot of login page with login fields and Submit button indicated

As all branch libraries are currently closed to walk-in users, there is only one choice under the Pickup Location - select "postal delivery".

Postal delivery (within Australia only while campus library buildings are closed due to COVID-19)

Items will be posted to you at the address in your My Library account. The item will be posted with a Reply Paid return label for you to post back for free before the due date.

While we are providing postal loans only, we will extend due dates of all current loans where possible.

In order to keep items circulating, the current demerits system still applies.

If you would like to return your items you can use Reply Paid 663 address provided below or the label provided when we post items to you. Please contact us if you would like us to provide a postal bag and label.

Reply Paid 663
Federation Library Returns
Federation University
PO BOX 663
BALLARAT VIC 3353

screenshot of request form indicating Pickup Location, Cancel if not filled date, and Submit button

Please specify a date after which you no longer want the book (if, for example, many other students already have a hold on the same book).

Click the Submit button.

You will get an acknowledgement message that your request has been successful.

 

Federation doesn't have the book, and you're a staff member or researcher.

Click on the Document Delivery link on the Library home page

screenshot of Library home page indicating Document Delivery link

Click on the patron record link

screenshot of Document Delivery page indicating patron record link

Login with your Federation username and password

screenshot of Document Delivery login page

Click the New Request button.

screenshot of patron record page indicating new request button

Choose the type of document you are requesting (a book, journal article, conference paper, etc).

screenshot of Document Delivery request page showing list of resource type links

Fill in all fields for which you have information. The more information you can provide the easier the document will be to find, and the more likely it will be the correct document.

screenshot of document delivery request form with fields to be filled out

Click the Submit This Request button