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Library Research

Simple search

A keyword search returns results based on the words and phrases used during the search. The results list will display all the items in the ANU Library collection that match your search query.

As shown in this video, you can search for single keywords, or combine words into terms or keyphrases. Enclosing your keyphrases in quotation marks will ensure the words are found sequentially, as a term or phrase.

Understanding your search results

Below is an example of the information that will appear after performing a search in the Catalogue using the keywords australian and literature.

 By default, your results will be sorted by relevance. You can change the sorting to be in order of date or alphabetically by title.

Each item in the list includes:

  • Title - includes author and publication details. Clicking on the title will take you to its full record.
    • If the item is an online resource, clicking on the title will enable you to access the full electronic text.
  • Location - indicates which of the ANU Library branches this item is located.
  • Medium - indicates the kind of resource.
  • Status - tells you the availability of the item (e.g. available, on loan).
    • If an item is out on loan, the record will display its due date.
  • Call number - helps you physically locate the item on library shelves.


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