To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:
"land rights" (note: using quotation marks is useful for finding phrases i.e. words adjacent to each other)
Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:
Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:
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.
Dictionaries and encyclopedias are often a useful starting point. They can supply basic factual information and definitions. The University of Melbourne Library holds a large collection of reference works in print and electronic formats including subject specific dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Some online resources are available only to University of Melbourne staff and students. You will be prompted to enter your University email username and password.