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Call number and subject searches

What are call number and subject searches, and how do I do them?

  • Call number search: find details of an item based on its individual call number (this is the number on the spine of the book which indicates where it is housed in the library).
  • Subject search: search for materials based on their subject classification.

To perform these searches, enter the call number or subject into the catalogue search box and click go.

Example Searches

  • Call Number

In the example below, we have entered the Library of Congress (LC) call number for a book. Clicking on search takes us to the full record, revealing its title as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

  • Subject

In the example below, we are searching for information on Australian literature.

Your search will generate an alphabetical listing of results related to Australian literature and can include items like journals, books, articles and other formats available in the Library Catalogue. You can further refine your search by selecting different filters under Refine your results.


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