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October 17, 2023

What you need to know about the new Library Search

Library Search is one of the most important and well-used tools in the library – a critical resource for students, academics and researchers throughout the University. We are excited to launch our new search experience next week on Tuesday 24 October.

So, what has changed and what do you need to know? We’ve got you covered in our new video. If you prefer learning through text and screenshots instead, read on for details below.

On the library homepage, you will see that the main search bar looks the same. You still have easy access to links for advanced search, catalogue, resource guides and more. The changes will show up once you’ve started your search.  Type your keywords and click on the magnifying glass icon or press Enter on your keyboard.

A screenshot of the library homepage, which you can find at The search bar is filled with the term: 'students social media Australia'

This will bring up a list of results. Depending on your keyword terms, you might not find exactly what you need without filtering.

A screenshot of the library search results page pulling up the results for the term: 'students social media Australia'

If you need to, you can broaden or narrow your search. Commonly used filters like online full text, peer-reviewed and date are under the search box. Select the ‘All Filters’ button beneath the search bar to open the panel on the right-hand side of the screen. Any current filters you have applied will display at the top of the panel.

Screenshot of library search results page with the all filters tab open.

To learn more about a resource, click on the title. Once you have clicked on a resource, you are able to save, cite, add to project, share or download from there. You will also see a button offering you options for how to access the resource.

Screenshot of a webpage with a library resource titled 'Social Media: Influences on Education' opened up. Orange arrows point at several icons that allow you to save, cite, add to project, share or download the resource. Another orange arrow points at the 'Access options' dropdown menu.

You can also view and organise your saved resources from your dashboard, which is connected to your Deakin login.

Screenshot of the same library resource page open, this time with an orange arrow pointing to the left at the sidebar where your personal account information is open, allowing you to save resources, explore previous searches, and find other key links.

If you have any questions, talk to us on Library Chat and one of our staff will be happy to help.

Can’t wait to use the new search functionality? You can get a sneak preview ahead of our launch on 24 October right now. If you have any feedback, please complete the survey on our website.

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