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Library Search

Search for books, articles and more.

How to search

Searching with Library Search is easy: enter some search words into the Library Search box and select Search.

Your search words can be:

  • Word/s that describe a subject you are researching
  • A few words from the title of a book and/or an author name
  • Words from an article title and/or author  

You can choose to search all of Library Search or ask it to just find a content type, e.g. journal articles or books/ebooks.

Find full text

Run a search, then select Full Text Online (screenshot below)...

Filter by full text online option in Library Search

... and Library Search will show you a list of results available to read online.

Just looking for a book?

  • Enter your search terms into Library Search and select Search

  • Select Books/ebooks  from the filters list

Only want ebooks? Follow the process above and then refine your list of results further by selecting Full Text Online.

Library Search screenshot showing full text online and books/ebooks filters selected.


Want to use advanced search?


Click on the cog next to the Library Search search box to access Advanced search and you can search for an author, words in a title, by ISBN and ISSN, in a particular journal and by date

Boolean, phrase searching, wildcards and proximity searching

Phrase Searching

Library Search allows for phrase searching with the use of " ". The query "teacher education" will find results with that phrase.

Searching Specific Fields

The single search box in Library Search (basic search box or keyword search box in advanced search) will search across many fields automatically. For example, entering an ISBN, ISSN, or Call Number will bring back associated records.

You can explicitly search a field using the syntax: field:(query) For example, the search ISSN:(1234-5678) finds records that contain that value in the ISSN field.

Searchable fields:


Boolean Operators

Library Search offers the following Boolean operations: AND, OR and NOT. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.

By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator. To expand the results set, use the OR operator. For example, microcircuits OR nanocircuits will return items that contain either term.

You can combine with quoted terms such as "teacher education" OR "educator training".

To exclude items in Library Search, use the NOT operator or - character before a term. When used in the following query animal NOT dog, the results will not include the term dog.

Wildcard Use in Library Search

You can search 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.

The use of wildcards within a phrase search is not supported.

Please note: A wildcard search does not necessarily return more results than the same search without the wildcard. This is because the language-specific search features, such as stemming/lemmatization, synonym mapping and spelling normalization do not apply to the wildcard search. For example, a keyword search for archaeology may return more results than the wildcard search for archaeolog*, since the former matches both archaeology and archeology via Library Search's English spelling normalization feature, but the latter matches only archaeology and not archeology.

Proximity searching

Proximity searches limit result sets to terms within a specified number of words from each other. To perform a proximity search, enclose your search terms in quotation marks and use the tilde (~) followed by a number indicating the distance you want to allow between the search terms.