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Development studies

A guide to resources relevant to Development Studies at the University of Melbourne Library

Finding books

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:

population growth

"developing countries"

Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using AND and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:

development AND "public health"

Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:

economy AND (developing OR third world) AND countries

Refer to the search tips for details on how to search on the library catalogue effectively. These tips also work with databases.

Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the images below.


Screenshot showing an example of subject headings in the library catalogue

If you can't find what you're looking for or an item is unavailable in the catalogue try the following options:

  • Search the BONUS+ catalogue to request an item from another university's library
  • Sign up for a CAVAL card to borrow from other Victorian libraries (including university, TAFE, and public libraries)

Below is a list of links to subject headings in the library catalogue that will take you to books relevant to development studies.

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