What is Search – How do I use it?

I have seen Search on the Library home page. How do I use it to find and request books and resources?......by Paula Todd

Search is Monash University Library’s resource discovery interface. It is the first port of call for a new student wanting to find textbooks, recommended and supplementary resources and reading lists set by the lecturers. It has more than a traditional library catalogue as it will link to electronic resources such as eBooks and journal articles as well as print books and other physical resources held in the campus libraries.

How do I use it?
The Search box on the Library home page or the one on the Library tab of your my.monash portal will do a basic search, very similar to Google. Just type in some keywords or a title and click Search. There are some useful tips to get better results as just typing in keywords will retrieve lots of results. See the Help tab or try some of these:
  • Use the Library Collections scope to search for items held by Monash University Library 
  • All Resources scope (default) will retrieve all items including electronic articles and books
  • Use quotation marks for known titles, “office 2010 for dummies” 
  • Add the author’s surname to a title,  “office 2010 for dummies” Rathbone, to be more specific
  • Use the Facets on the left hand side of the results to narrow search results according to specific needs, for example by branch library, by date or by resource type
  • Try the advanced search option
  • Sign-in to see what you have on loan and save items to your e-shelf.

Now I have some results how do I see the details and how do I get them?

The brief results display all items that match your search. There is either a “Get it” tab for a physical item or a “View it” tab for an electronic source such as an article or an eBook.  
For print books or other physical resources such as DVD’s, kits or models, the “get it” tab will display the Dewey number (call number) of a physical item and the campus library where it is located. The details tab will give you more information about the item including subject headings. Click on the subject headings if you want to see more resources on the same topic. The “Virtual Browse” option will show a scrolling list of cover images for other items with the same subject as the item you are viewing. 

To request items from another branch you will need to sign in and click on the Get it tab. Items can be requested if available at another campus library or on loan from any Monash library. You can chose to pick up an item at any of the campus libraries in the drop down list. You will receive an email when the item is ready to pick up at your nominated campus library.

Articles and eBooks can be accessed using your Authcate by clicking the “view it” tab and then clicking on one of the “available at” links. You can see the library guide on eBooks
for more information on how these work.

What can I do with my sign in?

Signing into Search with your Authcate when you are looking for information means you can quickly request items that appear in your search results. There is also the option to save the details of items, such as books and articles you have used for assignments, to your e-Shelf so you can refer to them later in your reference list. Setting up folders in your e-Shelf is easy if you want to be really organised. To add an item to your e-Shelf, in the Details (and other tabs) there is an Action drop down menu and e-Shelf is the first one in the list.

For assistance with locating journal articles, attend a drop-in at your branch’s Research & Learning Point and chat with a librarian.

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