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Educational & Instructional Leadership

A guide for students enrolled in Instructional Leadership or Educational leadership courses.

How to find books and eBooks

Searching in the library catalogue

  • Use a keyword search to find books and ebooks on a topic. Once you have completed a search you can limit your search to a specific collection such as, Giblin Eunson Library or format such as online books (login with your username and password to view e-books)
  • Only want an eBook? Choose the option 'eBooks'  in the catalogue. To read an e-book, open the catalogue record and then select the link: Connect to electronic book.

Searching in Discovery will also retrieve books and ebooks


Our eBooks guide offer tips and support for using our ebooks.

See the EBL eBooks guide for detailed support for using this platform.

Keyword Search Strategies

The following keyword search strategies link to search results in the library catalogue.

school system* AND instructional leader*
leadership AND classroom instruction
instructional leader* AND student achievement
leader* AND school performance
school improvement AND evaluation
curriculum AND leader* AND school*

Tips For Building Your Search Statement

Use truncation to extend search results - e.g. Leader* will retrieve Leader, leaders and leadership

Add "quotation marks" to retrieve a specific phrase.

Use the term OR to find synonyms or alternative terms- e.g. school performance OR key performance indicators OR KPI

    Use brackets around alternative terms to create order in your search - e.g. (leader* OR principal*) AND teacher effectiveness

    Can't find the book you want?

    Further borrowing options

    • Request a book from another university library using BONUS+. This is useful if our copies are out on loan. Requested books are delivered to the University of Melbourne.bonus
    • Graduate students and staff member can request books and articles we don't own via interlibrary loan We ask you to check the availability of books on Bonus+ before you request interlibrary-loans. Requested books are delivered to the University of Melbourne.

    Find copies of books held in Australian libraries using TROVE

    • Borrowing from other Victorian Universities - Get a CAVAL card and then you can visit and borrow books from other university libraries in Victoria.
    • Live Interstate? Borrowing options - Use the ULANZ borrowing scheme to borrow in person from any other participating Australian and New Zealand university libraries. 

    Recommend the library purchases a book.