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Using the search tabs

Find out which parts of the Library's collection you can search by using the five tabs at the top of the catalogue's search panel.

All collections

Search across all the Library's collections including books, journal and newspaper titles, audio visual materials, maps, pictures, manuscripts and more.

Tips

  • The 'All collections' tab does not include journal, magazine and newspaper articles. Only the titles of journals, magazines, databases and indexes will appear in your search results. If you are looking for articles, search in the 'Articles’ tab.
  • You can limit your search to items on the open shelves by selecting 'Open access' in the drop-down menu on the right of the search box.
  • You can search all the Library's collections excluding maps, pictures and manuscripts by selecting 'Books & more' in the drop-down menu on the right of the search box.
  • You can limit your search to electronic items such as websites, CD-ROMs and database titles, and items the Library has digitised, by selecting 'Digitised & electronic items' in the drop-down menu on the right of the search box.
  • Alternatively, you can limit your search to only maps, pictures and manuscripts by selecting this option in the same drop-down menu.

Articles

Search simultaneously across many of the Library's subscription databases for journal, magazine and newspaper articles. For more information and tips see Searching for articles.

Tip

You can select a subject area from the drop-down menu on the right of the search box. Please note that some electronic resources are not included in the 'Articles' tab. To search for more articles and electronic books, visit our Research tools page. You can also check the Databases A–Z list for a range of online databases the Library subscribes to.

Maps

Search the Library's Maps collection as well as maps, charts and atlases that are held in our other collections. Many of these items are available in a digital format and can be accessed online.

Pictures

Search the Library's Pictures Collection for paintings, sketches, and photos, as well as images from our other collections. Many of these items are available in a digital format and can be accessed online.

Manuscripts

Search the Australian Manuscripts collection for unpublished papers, letters and diaries. Many of these items are available in a digital format and can be accessed online.

Tips

  • Check for links to finding aids (also known as descriptive lists). Finding aids provide a description of the items contained in folders and boxes in a collection, and can help you decide whether you would like to request to view an item.
  • Some of our manuscript finding aids are searchable. These are identified with an 'Electronic finding aid available (EAD)' link in the 'Details' tab. To search the text within manuscript finding aids, select 'in MSS finding aids' from the last drop-down menu under the search box. (This drop-down is right of the text 'I want to search' and the default selection is 'anywhere in the record'.)