Help with search

Take a tour of Library Search

Basic search

Use basic search when you want to find items for your assignment or research.

  1. Type your keywords in the search box.

    Search box
  2. The resulting list of items matching your keywords may include:
    • journal articles
    • books and ebooks
    • theses
    • audiovisual items.
  3. To see the full details of the item, click on the title.
  4. If it is not an electronic item, you can see the location and the call number to locate the item on the shelves.
  5. You can also use advanced keyword search or refine your search to reduce your list of results.

Advanced keyword search

If you don't know the exact title of an item, you can use a set of key words to search for your topic. Keyword search will find the search terms anywhere in the record.

Search techniqueCommentsExamples
Phrase Type the exact phrase you need in quotation marks "teacher education"
Wildcard Use the wildcards as follows:
matches one character
* matches zero or more characters within a word or at the end
Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a word

ols?n will find olsen and olson
ch*ter will find charter, character and chapter temp* will find temptation, temple and temporary
*pen  would not find anything
Boolean operators Use OR between the keywords to find more items.
Use NOT between the keywords to exclude items.
NB: must be written in CAPS
"teacher education" OR "educator training"
animal NOT dog – will exclude the term dog in your results

Refine your search results

You can use the options in the left hand panel to refine your search if get too many items showing in your results:

Refine your search

You can limit your search results by:

  • Full Text Online,
  • Peer-reviewed,
  • physical items currently on the shelf
  • Resource type
  • Publication date
  • library location
  • subject terms

Remember to click on Show More to see additional options.

You can also select Sort by options to order results by relevance, date, author or title.

Email, print or export results

When you have completed your search, you can save the items and either email, print or export the results:

  1. When the results are listed, click on the pin icon to the right of the titles you want to save Search - save item
  2. The pin will appear crossed when the item is saved, giving you the option to unpin Search - save item
  3. When you have added all the results that you want to save, click on the pin in the top-right of the screen to go to "My Favorites" Search - My Account
  4. For each item you would like to email, print or export, click on the numbered box to the left of the item
  5. Next to "My Favorites", hover over the right-hand circle
  6. Once the cursor is held over this circle, click the three-dots to select "Push to" actions Search - add notes
  7. Click the relevant icon to select one of these options:
    • EndNote
    • RefWorks
    • EndNote Web
    • EasyBib
    • Print
    • E-mail

You may want to clear your saved items before doing another search. To do this:

  • select the left circle next to “My Favorites” to unpin the items you have selected Search - clear saved items

If you are not signed in, items will be temporarily saved for the duration of your session. If you are signed in, your items will be saved permanently.

Terms and conditions

Electronic resources are provided by La Trobe University Library for University staff and students for the purposes of academic research and learning only.

The use of each electronic resource is governed by a specific licence agreement and all use must legally comply with the terms and conditions of the licence which may be obtained by contacting

Restrictions for use of an individual resource are displayed in the Library Search entry for that resource, under sections Permitted and Prohibited.

Prohibitions include:

  • using the electronic resource for commercial purposes
  • systematic downloading of content including by software such as website crawlers or harvesters
  • downloading copies of the database for archival use
  • distributing the electronic resource to another person
  • infringing the intellectual property rights in the electronic resource
  • modifying the electronic resource.

By accessing the electronic resource you further agree that:

  • La Trobe University does not give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to the accuracy, completeness, non-infringement and up to date status of the electronic resource.
  • under no circumstances will La Trobe University be liable to you for any loss, damage or liability, direct or indirect, suffered or incurred by or attaching to you arising out of the use and reliance of the electronic resource.
  • use in breach of the above terms and conditions may result in action under the University's Statutes, Regulations and Policies.

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