What am I searching?
- ALL books, DVDs, etc. that are catalogued in ACU libraries as well as articles, eBooks and eJournals from SOME of our databases
- It is a really good place to start but if you want to do a thorough search on a topic we recommend you use our specialist subject databases
Search works best if you keep things simple. Start by entering just the key words for your topic in the search box and click Go.
- automatically combine your key words using AND. For example, if you type the words emergency nursing, it will search for books/articles that mention both the words emergency AND nursing
- Search for a phrase if you enclose the words in inverted commas, "emergency nursing".
Searching for a known item
The quickest way to find a copy of a reading on your reading list is to type (or copy and paste) the title of the book or article into the Library Search box on the homepage.
If you see the words Online Access, in your Library Search results, it means you can click on the link to view the book or article.
If you see the word Available, it means that the item is in print. Click on the link to see which campus libraries have that reading.
Tip! For book chapters you will usually need to enter the title of the book itself, not the chapter.
Tip! If you can’t find the article you want in Library Search, double-check by typing in the name of the journal, for example, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. You can then browse to the appropriate year, volume and issue number to find your article.
More advanced users can use the following search options:
- Wom?n - searches for woman OR women
- Cultur* - searches for culture, cultural, culturally, etc.
- Cats NOT (burmese or siamese) - searches for all types of cats except burmese and siamese
- Shakespeare (tragedy OR sonnet) - searches for tragedies or sonnets by Shakespeare
Search results are ranked by relevance, so you should get the most relevant books/articles appearing first. You can then choose to:
- Limit your search to show only certain items, for example only articles from peer reviewed (or scholarly) journals, or only items available online.
- Refine your results by date, campus, type of resource, topic, etc.
Use the links at the bottom of each search results to find out more about the article/book:
- Locations - tells you which campus libraries have this item
- View Online - links you to the full text of the article or ebook
- Details - gives you more information about the book/article including publication details (Imprint) and name of database (Source) that you will need for referencing
- Recommendations - gives you links to other articles that have been helpful to people who have also used this one.