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Hawthorn English Language Students

This is a guide for Hawthorn English Language students for finding libraries and information at the University of Melbourne.

Using the catalogue

The library catalogue

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


"ancient egypt"


"classical mythology"

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:

mesopotamia AND religion

"ancient egypt" AND pyramids.

virgil AND aeneid

"classical mythology" AND art.

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

Rome AND (military OR warfare)

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.

Using keywords to find resources

Library Catalogue Search

Search the entire collection
Search for ebooks