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Finding Information

How to find information for your assessments, and how to get the most out of your sources once you've found them.

Ebooks & books

What you can learn from this page:

  • Find ebooks and books using SEARCH.
  • Learn how to use ebooks.
  • Understand how Dewey can help you find books on the shelf.

Finding ebooks & books using SEARCH

  1. Enter your keywords e.g. romantic literature.
  2. Authenticate with your UOW username and password.
  3. Under Source Types select Books and/or Ebooks (you may have to select Show More to see them).
    OR
    Select Books & Ebooks above the search box and search again.
  4. Refine your results with other filters such as Publication Date, Subject or Location if you need to.

Popular ebook collections

These are some of our more popular ebook platforms but you can find ebooks in most online databases.

Tips for reading ebooks

Even if you've used ebooks before, there are some things you need to know:

  • Read ebooks online for the best functionality.
  • How much you can print or download from an ebook is usually limited and varies across publishers.
  • Sometimes there is a limit to the number of people who can read an ebook at one time: you may need to wait.

Finding books on the shelves using Dewey

The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system uses call numbers to help organise books by subject and help you find them on the shelves.

When you use SEARCH to find books, look for the call number and write it down (or search on your phone and take that with you).

Some tips for using Dewey to find books:
  • Period (.) 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.
  • Check that you have the correct edition.

If you're at Wollongong Campus Library, you'll find our main book collection on Level 1.

Other collections, such as Law, Leisure Reading, Short Loans and a selection of newly purchased books can be found on the Ground Floor. See your campus library guide for more information on your library.

If you can't find the book you're looking for, check if there is another copy or ebook version (maybe Short Loans has it). If you think it's lost, let us know.

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