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2 March 2016

Search: Your gateway to the Monash University Library collection


I’m a new graduate research student. How do I explore and access the library collection?...by Katrina Tepper, Research and Learning Coordinator.



Search is Monash University Library’s resource discovery tool. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for books, articles, journals, DVDs, databases and other items held in the Library collection, both print and online!

Here are a few useful things to know about Search:

1. Results are listed in relevance order. 

This means the most useful items should appear close the top of the list.

To narrow your search results, use the options in the left hand column e.g. limit to specific publication years, or resource types.

2. Reference details can be saved to your eShelf

This is a great way to save the reference details of books and articles you’d like to refer to in future.
 Sign in to Search at the top right of the screen.

As you browse records in Search, click the small star to the left of the title to add a reference to your eShelf. The star will turn yellow.

If you’re signed in, these details remain in your eShelf until you delete them.

3. You can request print items which are on loan or held at another campus

Click the Get it tab, to view the location and call number of an item, and find out if it’s available.

If the item is on loan or at another campus, Sign in with your Authcate at the top right, then click “Request” in the Get it tab. You’ll receive an email when the item is ready to pick up and borrow.




4. You can browse the shelves virtually

The Virtual browse tab appears on the records of print items (e.g. books), and allows you to browse similar items held in print in the Monash University Library collection, based on their call number.

5. The “View it” tab provides access to electronic resources

The library collection includes a large number of e-books, journals and other online resources.

To access these use the link(s) provided in the “View it” tab, and login with your Authcate username and password.

6. Sign in to view your loans or renew

Sign in with your Authcate username and password to:

-view items you have on loan and check the due dates
-renew your loans

As a graduate research student you can borrow unlimited loans for 6 weeks (excluding short loan items). All items, except those in high demand and those requested by other users, are automatically renewed.

7. You can transfer reference details to EndNote

Instructions are available on the EndNote Library guide.

8. You can make Document delivery requests 

If you find an item in Search, which isn’t available in the Library collection, as a graduate research student you can place a Document Delivery request.

Sign in and click Document delivery to place your request.


For more information refer to the Search Library guide or get in touch with your contact librarian.









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