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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).

Dewey decimal subject categories

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.


What is EZproxy?

EZproxy is a web proxy server from OCLC providing quota-free access to our online subscription databases, journals and ebooks.

When you try to access an online resource through EZproxy you will be directed to a page asking you to log on with your UOW username and password. Once you have been authenticated, you will be redirected to your resource.

Although you will remain logged in while actively accessing resources, your session will end after a period of inactivity and you will be required to log in again.

A selection of newly added books and ebooks

U-Boats off Bermuda

For the first time, a book exposes an obscure theater of the Second World War in great detail and comprehensively, not just in terms of geography but also from the perspectives of both Allied and Axis participants. U-Boats off Bermuda provides details of specific U-Boat patrols and their commanders, as well as a general overview of the situation in the theater of war around Bermuda. It is a detailed analysis of individual casualties, broken down by a) background of ship, b) background of U-boat, c) attack method (surface and/or submersed), d) details of survivors and their plight at sea and e) their rescue, recuperation and repatriation. Detailed maps and illustrations provide a human face to what were often tragic attacks with fatal consequences. Did you know that half a dozen German submarines came close enough to the Naval Operating Base in Bermuda to see Gibbs Hill? Or that hardy Canadians from a sunken trading schooner rowed and sailed their way to the remote island--on their own? Allied pilots based in Bermuda sank two German U-Boats, rescued dozens in daring water landings, and several crashed.

Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains

From the iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to Tangled, the 2010 retelling of Rapunzel, Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains looks at the portrayal of male characters in Disney films from the perspective of masculinity studies and feminist film theory. This companion volume to Good Girls and Wicked Witches places these depictions within the context of Hollywood and American popular culture at the time of each film's release.

Ville Lenkkeri: Reality in the Making

The Lost Fleet: Relentless found its way onto the New York Times bestseller list... Now Victorious leads the charge again-and "Black Jack" Geary is in command... As war continues to rage between the Alliance and Syndicate Worlds, Captain "Black Jack" Geary is promoted to admiral-even though the ruling council fears he may stage a military coup. His new rank gives him the authority to negotiate with the Syndics, who have suffered tremendous losses and may finally be willing to end the war. But an even greater alien threat lurks on the far side of the Syndic occupied space.

The Lucky Country?

"Can we reinvent The Lucky Country? In 1964, Donald Horne described Australia as 'a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck' in his iconic book.a Now, more than five decades later, internationally respected scientist and environmentalist Ian Lowe shows that little has changed after generations of short-sighted leadership. In his frank and fearless way, Lowe assesses the state of Australia in four key areas- our environment, population and society, geographical position, and unrelenting pursuit of economic growth.

A Doll's House

The slamming of the front door at the end of A Doll's House shatters the romantic masquerade of the Helmers' marriage. In their stultifying and infantilised relationship, Nora and Torvald have deceived themselves and each other both consciously and subconsciously, until Nora acknowledges the need for individual freedom. A revised student edition of classic set text: A Doll's House (1879), is a masterpiece of theatrical craft which, for the first time portrayed the tragic hypocrisy of Victorian middle class marriage on stage. The play ushered in a new social era and "exploded like a bomb into contemporary life". 

Letting Go of the Words

Web site design and development continues to become more sophisticated. An important part of this maturity originates with well-laid-out and well-written content. Ginny Redish is a world-renowned expert on information design and how to produce clear writing in plain language for the web. All of the invaluable information that she shared in the first edition is included with numerous new examples. New information on content strategy for web sites, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media make this once again the only book you need to own to optimize your writing for the web. New material on content strategy, search engine optimization, and social media Lots of new and updated examples More emphasis on new hardware like tablets, iPads, and iPhones

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