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Search for a specific book or textbook

There are several options for finding books and textbooks in Quick Find:

  1. On the Library homepage - enter the title and author of the book into the Quick Find search box, e.g. powell anxiety and stress management.
  2. Use Browse items - either browse by Title, e.g. anxiety and stress management or browse by Author/Creator, e.g. powell.
  3. Use Advanced search - enter the book title in the "Title" field (e.g. management), then enter the author into the "Author" field (e.g. schermerhorn, john). This is a good option if you are searching for a book with a common or single word title, e.g. management.
  4. Search by unit code - enter your unit code into the search box (e.g. BSB115) - this will provide a link to your QUT Readings list which usually provides a link to your textbook. A unit code search will also find any unit related materials available in the Course Reserve section of the Library. Note that not all units will have material in Course Reserve.

Tip: Try putting the title of your book in quotation marks e.g. "anxiety and stress management".

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Find books on a topic

If you are looking for books on a topic enter your keywords and then select the eBooks and books filter (in the left side menu). You can also choose to limit your results to just ebooks by selecting the Available online filter or hardcopy books in the Library by choosing Available in hardcopy.

Tip: don't forget to lock your filters if you want to keep searching just for books.

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Search for a specific article or recommended reading

If you are looking for a specific article, here are some useful tips:

  1. Enter the article title (and author if you like) into the search box, e.g. Lankton Facebook privacy management strategies A cluster analysis of user privacy behaviors. Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases from the article title, e.g. "facebook privacy management strategies".
  2. Enter the DOI into the search box, e.g. 10.1111/j.1475-6765.2011.02011.x. Remember, just include the DOI number, do not include
  3. Copy and paste the article citation into the search box - if the article doesn't appear in the first couple of search results try removing any punctuation as well as volume, issue and date information and just keep the article title and author as search terms.
  4. Use Advanced search - enter the article title (or part of the title) in the "Title" field, e.g. Facebook privacy management strategies, then enter the article author into the "Author/Creator" field, e.g. Lankton.

Tip: Looking for articles from your QUT Readings? You can find your readings list linked from your QUT Blackboard unit page or alternatively enter your unit code into Quick Find and you should see a link to your QUT Readings list where you will be able to find links to recommended readings and articles.

Find peer-reviewed articles on a topic

If you are looking for peer-reviewed articles on a topic - try the following steps:

  1. enter your keywords into Quick Find
  2. select (and lock) the Articles filter (in the left side menu) - this will limit results to articles from journals, trade publications and magazines
  3. select (and lock) the Peer-reviewed filter - this will restrict your search to scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

Tip: don't forget to lock your filters if you want to keep searching just for peer-reviewed articles.

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When you have found that perfect article, find related articles by clicking on the article title in search results and look for links to:

  • articles on a similar topic - look for the Related articles section (displays in the right side of the screen)

  • articles that have cited this article and articles from the reference list of this article - these display at the bottom of the page (if available)

Use filters

Filters are a very useful way to refine your search results. Click any filter and it will automatically refine your search results. See below for information about selecting multiple filters at once.

Key filters include:

  • Publication date - enter the publication year range e.g. from 2015 to 2018 and click Apply.
  • Show only - limit results to show only material that is:
    • Available online
    • Available in hardcopy in the Library
    • Peer-reviewed (articles only).
  • Limit by Library - use if you want to just search for items available in a specific branch Library.
  • Select a format - use this to filter your results to just a specific type of content e.g. ebooks & books, articles (this includes journal articles, trade publications and magazines - also select the Peer-reviewed filter to limit just to scholarly articles) as well as videos, music, conference proceedings etc.
  • Limit by Keyword - use this to limit your search results to material that includes these specific keywords.
  • Language - limit results by a variety of languages (note: most resources are English).

Lock your filters

It is important to note that your filters are not "sticky". To use the same filters for several searches, you will need to "lock" your filters - simply hover over the selected filter until a lock icon appears and then click the filter again to lock it.

Select multiple filters

You can select multiple filters at once by hovering your mouse over an individual filter and clicking in the check-box that appears on the left. After selecting all the filters you want, click on the green Apply filters button.

Use Boolean, wildcards and truncation

You can use Boolean and other operators but you can often get better results using filters or advanced search. Quick Find has automatic functionality to help improve search results (such as word stemming, synonym mapping and including alternate spellings of common words).