Electrical and computer systems engineering: Library Search

resources useful to the department of Electrical and computer systems engineering

Library Search

Library Search


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  • For best results, first Sign in using your Authcate. When you sign into Search, you are able to set preferences for your current and future sessions, use library services such as requesting items and more.
  • e-Shelf allows you to save and organize items that you find during your search session.
  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) must be in capitals.
  • Wildcard characters
    • polymeri?ation will retrieve polymerization and polymerisation.
    • comput* will retrieve computer, computing, computational, and so forth. 
  • Search will continue to be refined. We welcome your feedback.

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Search for Library resources

Search is a new way of searching for Library resources. Using natural language, a single search will return results from a number of different sources. They include

  • those held locally in the library
  • ARROW (the University's research repository), and
  • Monash University Publishing, as well as
  • a vast collection of commercial electronic resources

You can refine your search results of your basic search by using the facets. Or you can do an advanced search and prescribe limits to your searching.

Basic search

  • type one or more terms, choose collection from drop down list, click 'Go' and then limit result set using the facets in the left panel
    • All resources: includes past exams, ARROW, individual articles plus 'Library collections'
    • Library collections: physical resources in the libraries plus electronic books, journals, databases, digitised readings
  • Search looks for all the words you type unless OR or NOT (Boolean operators) are placed between words and phrases
    • Boolean operators must be capitalised otherwise they are treated as search terms
    • use NOT to exclude unwanted terms eg fish NOT chips
    • enclose phrases in quotation marks eg "global warming"
    • use parentheses to group terms eg cosmology (Aztec OR Egyptian)
  • wildcard characters permit variant endings and spellings to be searched
    • ? use a question mark for a single character wildcard search eg type wom?n for records that contain the strings woman, women, etc
    • * use an asterisk for multiple character wildcard search eg type cultur* for records that contain strings eg culture, cultural, and culturally

Advanced search

Offers more features for precision searching and reducing the initial result set. The search form assists you to construct  Boolean and more complex searches. Parameters which can be set include:

  • Publication Date:
  • Material Type: choose from
    • All items
    • Articles
    • audio cds
    • Audio Visual
    • Book Chapters
    • Books
    • Databases
    • Datasets
    • DVDs
    • Images
    • Journals
    • Lectures Online
    • Loose Leaf
    • Maps
    • Past
    • Exams
    • Patents
    • Reading Lists
    • Scores
    • Theses
    • Web Sites
  • Language:
  • Search Scope: choose from
    • All resources
    • Library collections