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Finding resources: Books and eBooks


How can I find books on my topic?

You can search for books in two ways:

  1. Use SEARCH to do a broad search using topic keywords to find out what we have on your topic.
    Your results will be ranked according to relevance and can be refined by source type (i.e. books), or limiting by date, location etc.
  2. Use our Catalogue to search for a specific author, title or call number.
    Choose 'more options' for advanced keyword searching on your topic or to set limits.

Using call numbers

The Dewey Decimal system of classification uses call numbers help organise books by subject and help you find them on the shelves. When you need a book you've found in SEARCH or the catalogue:

  • Write down all parts of the call number. 
    Periods (.) and slashes (/) separate the different parts of the call number, e.g. 378.170281/22. 
  • Use the labels on the bookshelves to find 378.170281 (remember, 378.17 comes before it and 378.171 comes after).
  • Look at the sequence of books at 378.170281 to find 378.170281/22.
  • The number after the slash is the approximate location of the book on the shelf (as books are shelved in numerical order).
1.64 Data processing
004-006 Computer science
16 Subject bibliographies and indexes
20 Library and information sciences
30 General encyclopedias
70 News media, journalism, publishing
79.94 Australian journalism and news media
140 Specific philosophical schools of thought
150 Psychology
155 Differential and developmental psychology
158 Applied psychology
160 Logic
170 Ethics (moral philosophy)
180 Ancient, medieval and oriental philosophy
190 Modern Western philosophy
210 Natural theology
220 The Bible
280 Christian denominations and sects
290 Other and comparative religions
301 Sociology and anthropology
305 Social groups
310 General statistics
320 Political science
330 Economics
331.8 Labor (industrial) relations
332 Financial economics
340 Law (refer to Law Library - Moys Classification system)
360 Social services and welfare
362.29 Drug and alcohol abuse
370 Education
372 Primary education
373 Secondary education
374 Adult education
378 Tertiary education
380 Commerce (trade), communications, transport
390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
410 Linguistics
420 English language
440 French language
450 Italian language
460 Spanish language
490 Other languages
495 Languages of East and Southeast Asia
510 Mathematics
520 Astronomy and allied sciences
530 Physics
540 Chemistry and allied sciences
550 Earth sciences
570 Life sciences
574 Biology
580 Botanical sciences
590 Zoolgical sciences
610 Medical Sciences
610.73 Nursing
620 Engineering and allied operations
621.3 Electrical and Electronics Engineering
622 Mining and related operations
624 Civil Engineering
640 Home Economics
641.1 Applied Nutrition
657 Accounting
658 Management
658.8 Marketing
659 Advertising and public relations
709 History of art
720 Architecture
730 Sculpture and ceramics
740 Drawing and decorative arts
750 Painting
759 Artists
760 Graphic arts
770 Photography
780 Music
791 Film, radio and television performances
792 Theatre performances
796-799 Sport and recreation
810 American literature
820 English literature
828.97 Canadian literature
828.98 New Zealand literature
828.99 Australian literature
840 French literature
850 Italian literature
860 Spanish literature
890 Asian, African and Oceanic literatures
910 Geography and travel
914-919 Regional geography
920 Biography
930 Ancient history
940 European history
950 Asian history
973 United States history
994 Australian history
995-996 Pacific region history

The book I want is on loan

Place a hold on a book that is on loan or try BONUS+, a resource-sharing initiative that allows you to borrow selected books from other participating university libraries.

The number of holds you can place is dependent on your membership category.


eBooks (electronic books) offer a number of benefits:

  • They don't weigh anything, so you can access them at any time.
  • You can access high demand titles during peak times.
  • You don't have to wait for them to be reshelved.

To discover eBooks in SEARCH – refine your results to full-text and select eBooks under 'Source Types'.

Our primary eBook collections are in eBook Central and EBSCOhost. Additional eBooks can be found in many of our online databases. The resource will be identified as an eBook by its type (PDF, epub, text, etc.) after searching. Other collections include:

eBook Central provide features on their toolbar to help you manage and organise your research, including:

  • 'Bookshelf' folder to save titles for future use.
  • In-text note taking to highlight important quotes.
  • Reference and citations in popular styles, ready to be exported to EndNote and other bibliographic tools.
  • Displays exactly how much of the eBook you can copy/print.


Check Availability on the eBook Detail page to see how many copies are available and whether it can be downloaded. Read online to take advantage of longer access, notes and bookmarking.


Click on '?' icon for help using the eBook Central database.

You will need to set up a My EBSCOhost folder account to save eBooks and create notes.

When you are logged in you can:

  • Add texts to your folder for future use.
  • Add notes to your texts.
  • Print or email (PDF) up to 60 pages of a text.
  • View references and citations and export to EndNote and other bibliographic tools.

Look under Concurrent user Level on the Detailed Record page to see how many copies are available for use.

Most eBooks from this collection are only available as a one day loan (when downloaded.) Read online to take advantage of longer access, notes and bookmarking.

Select 'Help' options in EBSCO from their menu for more information on database features.


A selection of newly added books and eBooks

Anzac Day Then and Now

Anzac Day Then and Now

Peter Stanley, Jeffrey Grey, Carolyn Holbrook, Ken Inglis, Tom Frame and others explore the rise of Australia's unofficial national day. Does Anzac Day honor those who died pursuing noble causes in war? Or is it part of a campaign to redeem the savagery associated with armed conflict? Do the rituals of April 25th console loved ones? Or reinforce security objectives and strategic priorities?

Contributors explore the early debate between grieving families and veterans about whether Anzac Day should be commemorated or celebrated, the effect of the Vietnam War, popular culture's reflection on the day and our political leaders' increasing profile in public commemorations.

The Global War for Internet Governance

The Global War for Internet Governance

The conflicts surrounding Internet governance are the new spaces where political and economic power is unfolding in the twenty-first century.   This all-important study by Laura DeNardis reveals the inner power structure already in place within the architectures and institutions of Internet governance. It provides a theoretical framework for Internet governance that takes into account the privatization of global power as well as the role of sovereign nations and international treaties.

In addition, DeNardis explores what is at stake in open global controversies and stresses the responsibility of the public to actively engage in these debates, because Internet governance will ultimately determine Internet freedom.



Maximize your study time with Anatomy: An Essential Textbook ! A total of 400 USMLE-style review questions with explanatory answers A streamlined, bullet point format to help you quickly learn essential facts and concepts 70 tables for quick review of crucial information.

More than 450 brilliant, fully labeled color illustrations, from Thieme's acclaimed Atlas of Anatomy, including online access for study and self-testing with "labels-on, labels-off" Focuses on the targeted information for USMLE success

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Illustrating the key drivers in effective supply chain management, this book outlines the main concepts so that students may understand what creates a competitive advantage. This text also provides strong coverage of analytic skills so students can gauge the effectiveness of the techniques described in the text.

Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers

Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers

Ethical practice in engineering is critical for ensuring public trust in the field and in its practitioners, especially as engineers increasingly tackle international and socially complex problems that combine technical and ethical challenges.

This publication presents 25 activities and programs that are exemplary in their approach to infusing ethics into the development of engineering students. It is intended to serve as a resource for institutions of higher education seeking to enhance their efforts in this area.

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