Library Search is the easiest way to search the Library’s print and online resources from a single search box. It's a quick way to locate specific items or to find high quality resources on a topic.

Library Search covers nearly all our resources, but you may need to use databases to find comprehensive or specialised information in a subject area. For example, selected law resources, statistics, company information and very recent newspaper articles. 

Unit reading lists can be accessed from My Unit Readings.

Quick Search

Use Library Search to find resources on a topic, or to quickly locate a resource you may already have details about. You can search for:

Click on a title in the results for more information. Online resources can be accessed through links in the ‘View Online’ section.  Depending on the search, links for related databases, resources, subject definitions or suggested searches may be included. If you are off campus, be sure to log in via the top banner link to access more results.

Refine your search results

Use these techniques in the ‘Refine your search results’ panel to improve your results list.

You’re searching forApply these filters or techniques
Peer reviewed journals and articles
  1. Under ‘Availability’ choose 'Peer-reviewed Journals’.
  2. Under ‘Content Type’ choose ‘Articles’ and/or ‘Journals’.
Print books
  1. Under ‘Availability’ choose ‘Held by library’.
  2. Under ‘Content Type’ choose ‘Books’.
  1. Under ’Availability’ choose ‘Available online’. 
  2. Under ‘Content Type’ choose ‘Books’ or ‘Book Chapters’.

See How to use ebooks for more help.

  1. Under ‘Content Type’ choose ‘Videos’.
Newspaper articles from within a selected timeframe
  1. Under ‘Content Type’ choose ‘Newspaper Articles’.
  2. Under ‘Publication Date’ choose your date range.
Information specific to a discipline

Use the ‘Subject’ options to narrow by a particular subject or field.

For example, 'differentiation ' is a concept in both mathematics and marketing and will produce a different set of results.

Variations of a keyword

Use the asterisk (*) wildcard to match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. For example, results for adolescen* will include adolescence, adolescent, adolescents.

Differences in plurality of a keyword

Use the question mark (?) wildcard to match a single character. For example, results for wom?n will find both woman and women.

A phrase

Use quotation marks around your phrase, for example “global warming”.


The Boolean connectors  AND and OR can be used to improve results when searching using two or more words.

How it improves your results
ANDUsing AND between two keywords will narrow your results to include both keywords. This should give you a smaller set of results. For example, hydroelectricity AND Australia will bring back results about hydroelectricity related to Australia. Library Search uses AND by default when you do a keyword search.

Using OR between two keywords will broaden your results to include either keyword. Generally, this will give you a larger set of results. For example, hydroelectricity OR Australia will bring back results on hydroelectricity and results on Australia.

NOTUsing NOT between two keywords will narrow your results by excluding a keyword. Generally, this will give you a smaller set of results. For example, hydroelectricity NOT Australia will bring back results on hydroelectricity but exclude any results that include the word Australia. (Note: be careful you don't inadvertently exclude relevant results using this operator.)

Advanced Search and other features

Advanced SearchAdvanced Search is useful when you know the limits to set on results prior to a search. Searches can be filtered by material type, date or language when searching within specific fields. For example, by author, title, or subject. For help using Advanced Search, Ask our Librarians.
Save/export resultsLibrary Search can print, email or export a list of selected items from a results list. Clicking the ‘Add this item' pin icon to the right of each result adds it to a My Favourites folder in your My Library, accessible at the top right of the screen.
Saved searchesThe Saved search function is an easy way to retain a list of favourite searches that can be continued in a future session. Click the ‘Save query’ pin icon underneath the search bar to save a search. Your list of saved searches can be accessed via My Favourites by clicking the pin icon at the top right of the page.
RSS AlertsSet up RSS feeds to receive notifications when results for searches are updated. Open My Favourites and click the Saved Searches tab. Click the RSS icon for the saved search to be monitored, then copy and paste the URL into an RSS reader. Alternatively, click the bell icon to receive updates via email.
Citation trail
This exploration tool helps you to discover items which cite your article of interest or are cited by it. If citations are available, click the links on the right of the record to see a list of relevant resources. 
Search scopes
The search scope options limit the scope of your search by location. The default search scope ‘Everything’ includes all items across all locations and material types. You can change this via the drop-down box at the right of the search bar. This is a great way to search for items in a particular location, for example, the Veterinary or Mandurah libraries.
Add results beyond our collectionYou can search for resources outside our collection by toggling the ‘Expand results beyond Murdoch Library's collection' button. This is a good option when searching for Open Access resources. If you find an item where full text is unavailable, you may then be able to request it from another Library, or request a purchase.