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Library Search Help Guide: FAQs


Your University of Newcastle Library has put together a collection of Frequently Asked Questions, to help us provide the best answers and advice for those of you getting to know Library Search. 


What is Library Search?

Library Search is the University of Newcastle's main discovery tool. We use it to locate items in the Library holdings, as well as to locate and access subscribed content through databases and external platforms.

Library Search lists the entire collection of all the University of Newcastle Libraries, as well as:

  • Hunter New England Health Libraries
  • Central Coast Health District Libraries
  • Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Libraries. 
What is the best way to search Library Search? There is no single "best way" to search Library Search, so we encourage students to use the tool as works best for them. If you're finding it hard to use Library Search effectively, try reading our Search Tips page for ideas. 
How do I search for past exam papers?

The Library does not hold past exam papers. You may like to approach your lecturer instead for advice. 

Can everything in Library Search be borrowed? No. Most items in Library Search may be borrowed, however, some are not available for loan, such as reference books. If this is the case, you will see "NOT LOANABLE" on the item's record.
Will Library Search give me the citation for my item, in my referencing style? Once you have found an item in Library Search, you can use the "citation" tool (indicated by the quotation mark symbol) to provide a citation. Select your referencing style from those listed, but take care - the citation provided will rarely be perfect, and will still need some work to get it formatted true to style. View the LIbrary's Referencing pages for information on formatting your references correctly. 
Is the information in Library Search up-to-date? Yes. As soon as items are returned, loaned, added or removed from the collection, their availability is reflected in Library Search. 
Can I use Library Search from home? Yes, anyone with an internet connection can search Library Search. 
Can I use Library Search on my mobile? Yes, Library Search is mobile friendly. 
Can somebody show me how to navigate Library Search? Yes! You can use our Book A Librarian service to get support using Library Search, whether you are on campus, or online.  
How do I access electronic resources? All library resources, including eJournals and eBooks, can be found searching in Library Search. To access them, click on the links provided in the item record. While each content provider may be different, you will usually need to look for a link which says "full text", or "pdf". 
How do I request a physical item? When you find a physical item you would like to request, click on the "Borrow" link in its Library Search record. This will open up requestion options. Click "Request or Booking" under the "Borrow" heading, and follow the prompts.