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Library Search guide: Basic searching

Help with using Search, the Library's discovery platform

A Basic Search can be quick and allows you to limit the results. Use basic search if you don't have complex search criteria. 

  • In the search bar enter keywords that will help you locate what you are looking for: e.g. the title of a book, an author, the subject, or reference numbers such as ISSN, ISBN or Call Number. Then hit enter or click Library catalogue search button

Library Search main search bar

  • You may filter search results using Refine my results panel on the left of the page.

Refine my results panel


  • Find out if a resource you want is available at a Library branch or can be accessed online based on the availability status:
    • Available at for physical items (such as print books, CDs and DVDs)
    • Online access for online materials (such as journal articles, eBook and conference proceedings)


Library Search results showing two brief item records and their availability status