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COVID-19 Library Help Guide: Searching help

This guide provides some curated online support for UON Library

Searching for information

This page provides tips and tricks to assist you to find good quality academic resources that you can use to complete your assignments and presentations.

Using the Library resources that we have included in this guide can save you a lot of time and effort.

Click on the tabs, or try our online modules for more in-depth help:

Getting started
The Library has created a number of short videos that cover the basics of searching for information sources - see the playlist below.  To access the individual videos in the playlist, use the playlist menu icon (top right of the video screen):
Finding books
The videos below will help you locate ebooks and books using the Library catalogue.  You can also check out the downloadable PDF guide below.
Finding journal articles
The videos below will help you locate journal articles using the Library catalogue.  You can also check out the downloadable PDF guide below.
Hint: Can't find an article by searching for the article title?  Try the 3rd video below for help.
Creating or resetting your Library PIN
Your Library PIN lets you access electronic resources that are found on the Library homepage. You will also need a Library PIN to renew any books you have on loan.  For more information go to our Library PIN help guide
Using Google Scholar more effectively
Check out our guide below:

What is 'Lean Library'?


Lean Library is a browser plug-in that helps you access the Library's paid access when searching through Google Scholar.

Click on the image on the right for more information.

Databases and subject resources

As a UON student you have free access to a huge range of databases and subject resources that you can access through the Library.  Some databases cover many different subject areas, while others have a specific subject focus.

For more information check out our Subject Support section.

Need some help?

Ask the Library


Click Ask the library above to access Library Help and Information 

Book an online librarian support session (video chat) via Library Live

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