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New Students' Library Guide

Your introduction to Library services, spaces and resources at the University of Melbourne.

Search our electronic collections

Discovery is the Library’s search engine. It searches thousands of databases the University subscribes to, and includes our collections in the Library Catalogue.

You can find Discovery on the Library website.


Use Discovery to quickly find full-text, peer-reviewed articles. The filter options will help return relevant results:



The results will include information about the article and links where you can access the full text version to read, download or print. You can explore the subject links to find more articles on the same topic.



Top tips:

  • Experiment with your search terms and filters to improve the quality of your results
  • The Library Guides can give you alternative suggestions for specialist databases to search for your topics
  • Library staff can help you with your search query if you're not getting the results you need
  • The Research Essentials guide introduces more details on how to search academic databases

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