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Library Search: Tips and help

Help with using Search, the Library's discovery platform

Search tips

Library collections

Use the Library collections (click to open large image) scope to only search for items held by Monash University Library.

Quotation marks

Type quotation marks around a string of words to search them as a phrase. This is useful for finding items with known titles.

Full title search

Search for the main title of the journal or the book that contains the article or chapter you were looking for. Find out more about journal search.

"Show only" facets

Use the facets in the "Show only" (click to open large image) section at the top of the facets panel on the left to narrow search results down according to specific needs:

  • Peer-reviewed Journals - Finds content published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Full Text Online - Finds rescources to which the Library has provided full text access
  • Available in the Library - Finds items that are available at a physical library location at the time of the search


Why am I seeing the message " Your search did not match any physical resource in the library. Link not available. Having problems? Check: Search tips" when I clicked on the View It tab?

Sometimes the system cannot automatically direct you to the appropriate resources online, hence the message in the View It tab.

Try an alternative search:

  1. Select the Library collections drop-down option (on the right of the search box) to filter your search results
  2. Search for the title of the journal or the book that contains the article or chapter
  3. Find more search tips in the box above
  4. Try these tutorials online (in the box on the left) for some research ideas

If your search still does not match any resource in the library, place a document delivery request (staff , postgraduates and honours only).

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