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University of Newcastle Library Guides

Library Search Help Guide: Advanced Features

This guide will help you to search effectively and locate relevant material.


Library Search has a range of filters that can be used to refine your search. Refining your search helps to reduce the number of results and make them more relevant.

  • You can filter searches based on content type, publication date, discipline, subject terms and language by using the filters on the left-hand side.
  • These filters are also available in Advanced Search.


Advanced Search enables you to create a more targeted search by:

  • Searching a field, such as title or author.
  • Applying search filters.
  • Searching for keywords or an exact match. E.g. you can use an exact match search when you know the exact title.


Library Search can provide citations for resources.

  • To view a preview of the citation in a range of citation formats, click cite this item marked by the quotation mark icon.
  • You can also export the citation to citation management software, such as EndNote, by clicking on cite this item or more actions.


You can save search result items to a folder by clicking on save this item marked by the folder icon to the right of the result. These saved items will sit in a folder that is located in the top right of the page. These items are only saved temporarily and will disappear when you close the browser. You can use the saved items folder to:

  • Export the citations.
  • Print a list of the items.
  • Email a list of the items.


Altmetrics are ways of measuring how much engagement there has been with scholarly output online such as number of views, downloads or shares on social media. You can view Altmetrics by clicking on the logo in the bottom right of each search result.


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You can also use our Library Chat service below (when available)


You can add results beyond your library's collection by marking the box at the top of the results list. For items that are not available through the library, details will be provided that will allow you to request them from another library.