The Library Catalogue has been replaced with "Search" (http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/search/)
Using natural language, the simple search box will bring back results from a number of different sources. You can refine the results of your basic search by using the facets located on the left-hand side of the results screen.
Use the advanced search to prescribe limits prior to your searching.
See the Search library guide for Help with using Search.
Boolean operators are used to combine search terms in many databases and search engines. The 3 main operators are AND, OR and NOT. Using these operators to broaden or narrow the focus of your search is easy, in fact, you may already be doing it.
Using AND narrows a search. All specified terms must appear in the search results. Many search engines do an AND search by default.
Using OR broadens a search. The search results will include either of the specified search terms or both.
eg. aboriginal OR indigenous
Using NOT narrows a search by excluding certain terms. eg. migration NOT forced migration
The search results will contain the word 'migration' except where it is preceded by 'forced'.
For an online tutorial about Boolean operators, see this one by the University of Adelaide Library.
An interactive online module. Approximate duration: 10 minutes.
To find items by subject, go to Advanced search, select in subject from the drop-down list, and enter your terms in the search box. Alternatively, do a Basic search and refine by subject using the Topic facets on the left-hand side of the search results screen.
Some subject terms might be:
Subheadings or extensions can be applied to subject headings to narrow the search. Some examples are: