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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.

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The Library has access to an extensive collection of electronic journals through databases to which Federation University 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)

You can save individual items and search queries by signing into QuickSearch.

After a search, use the Sign In or Guest button to log in.

Sign in with your student ID and password.

From the results, clicking on the pin icon will save that item.

If you are signed in you will also have the option to save your search query.

To see your saved items or searches go to the Favorites button located in the top right of the screen

Once you are in My favorites you can look at your saved records or searches. The search history will show all the searches you have done that day, if you were logged in.

  • 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? 

You can access the digitised print versions of the Australian Financial Review, The Age, and The Australian newspapers by searching the Library's Catalogue. 

The WestLaw Classic database provides access to global newspapers, including all Australian Newspapers.

The instructions in the PDF below step you through the process of accessing the Westlaw Classic database, locating the newspaper title and using advanced search functionality to retrieving the newspaper article you need.

Search for newspapers using WestLaw Classic ( PDF)