Deakin University Library

Deakin University Library

Getting started

This guide will assist you to learn more about the facilities of Deakin University Library and help with finding sources for your assignments.

Finding books and e-books

When searching for books there are two main approaches:

  • when you know the title of the book
  • when you want a book about a topic or specific keywords.

Finding books when you know the title

To search for a book when you know the title, type the title into the search box, and click ‘Search’.

If the title is held by the Library, it will appear in the list of results (depending how common the title is, it might not appear as the first result). If your result doesn’t appear, view further options under the borrowing material tab.

Once you have found the title and edition you require, check to see which campus(es) the title is available from, and if it is available as an e-book.

To access the item, read the sections on ‘Finding books on the shelf’ or ‘Viewing e-books’ below.


Finding books using keywords

To search for books on a subject area or topic, type some keywords that describe your topic into the search bar, then click ‘Search’.

Once you have your results, use the options on the left side of the screen to limit your search to a particular format.

In this case we want books, so scroll down to the ‘Source types’ section, and select ‘Show More’.

Now tick the boxes for ‘Books’ and ‘eBooks’ and update your results.


Finding books on shelves

Books are arranged on the shelves by call numbers which consist of the Dewey Classification Number (which is subject based) and then by the author’s last name and title.

The call number for this book is 303.385 And/Rca 2013

  • 303.385 - This is the number given to items covering this subject area
  • And - These letters are the first three letters of the first author’s surname (Margaret L. Anderson)
  • Rca - These letters are associated with the title - they are the first letters of the first three words of the title (Race, class, and ...)
  • 2013 - This is the year the item was published. This year is added to the end of the call number when the item is a new edition of an item already in the collection

Before looking for the item on the shelf, first look at its status. If the item is listed as available, it will likely be on the shelf. You will need to note the complete call number, including letters and further numbers, to locate the exact item.


Viewing e-books

To open an e-book from the Library record, click on the hyperlinked name of the provider (e.g. Ebook Library or Ebscohost eBook Academic Collection).

Search:

You may be prompted for your Deakin Username and Password.

You will then be taken to a more detailed description of the e-book and from here you can access the online version.

Some e-books permit you to print, copy or download, however these vary between providers - see our e-book help for more information.

Finding journals and articles

For an introduction on finding resources using Library Search, complete the interactive tutorial Finding information resources using Library Search (Flash).

When searching for journals or articles there are two approaches:

  • you know the title of the article or journal you are searching for
  • you have a topic or key words you want an article to cover.

Finding a known journal or journal article

If you have a specific reference, or citation, to a journal article, you can search for it on the Library website by using Library Search.

Library Search includes articles from most of the databases the Library subscribes to, so there is a good chance you will be able to find the article using this tool. (For information on what a database is, complete the Use databases effectively tutorial (Flash)).

  1. The most effective way to search for an article is to first identify the article title
    Enlarge screenshot of break-down of a journal citation into separate parts
  2. Type (or copy and paste) the article title into the search box on the Library homepage, and click ‘Search’
  3. The link to the article will display in the search results screen
    As with this example, the article we searched for is available through a number of databases. Select any of the links to access the full text. Search result display showing articles found
    If the article doesn’t appear in Library Search, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Library doesn’t hold the article. You will need to do a bit more work to find it though.
  4. From the citation, identify the journal title (usually in italics)
    Enlarge screenshot of break-down of a journal citation into separate parts
  5. Type the journal title you have identified into the search box on the Library homepage

    Tip! If the journal you want doesn’t come up in the search results, try changing your search from a ‘Keyword’ to a ‘Title’ search:

    ... and Limit your search result to the Library catalogue:

  6. Select the database that covers the required date (in this case, you will need to select one that covers all of 2010)
    Enlarge screenshot of journal coverage
  7. The look of each database will vary, however they all group their issues by year of publication (you may need to look under ‘all issues’, ‘previous issues’, ‘archives’ or similar). Use the information from the breakdown of the citation to get to the full text of the article.
    For above example:
    • Year: 2010
    • Month / Volume: 29
    • Issue: 5
    • Pages: 525-530
    Note: For journals that are held in print, look at the Library record for campus location, call number and available issue dates.

Finding articles on a topic

Find articles quickly using Library Search, a Google-like search engine that allows you to search across multiple databases simultaneously.

Enter your search terms into the search box on the Library website and click ‘Search’.

If you need to find Scholarly (peer reviewed) articles, select the Scholarly (peer reviewed) check box on the left hand side of the search results screen:

Enlarge screenshot of results when searching for articles on a topic

You can see the limits you have applied, listed at the top left of your results.

Click the ‘x’ next to the limit to repeat your search without that limit.


Only getting an abstract? Use FIND IT @ DEAKIN

Whilst many of the articles you will find link directly to the full text, others will be an abstract only. In this instance, look out for the Find it at Deakin icon which will suggest possible locations to find a full text copy of the article.


Search subject specific databases

Searching specific databases relevant to your subject area is another way to find useful articles and other resources for your assignments. Library Resource Guides contain resources that have been carefully selected by Liaison Librarians in collaboration with academics to help you begin your research for your courses.

From the Library Resource Guide homepage, select your subject area, and then select a guide most relevant to your need.


Access via Google Scholar

Finding other resources

Reading lists

You will have a reading list of prescribed and recommended texts for your units.

Accessing unit-related material via Library Search:

To find items on your reading lists:

  1. Type your unit code, e.g. mll110, into the Library Search box
  2. From the search results, select the unit-related material you require

Accessing unit-related material for MIBT students:

To find unit-related material on your reading lists:

  1. Type your unit code, e.g. mll110, into the Library Search box
  2. Select the ‘I am an MIBT student, alumni, community or other member’ check box
  3. From the left hand side of search results, locate ‘Unit Material’ and select the material type that you require.

Newspapers

The Library subscribes to a number of newspaper databases, as well as a selection of local, national and international newspapers. These are available in a variety of formats - electronic, print, or microfilm and microfiche.

Find newspaper articles on a topic

To find newspaper articles in Library Search type keywords into the search box on our homepage, then select Search.

Once you have your results, use the limits on the left of screen to limit your source types to ‘News’.

You could also use the ‘Content Provider’ facet to limit your results to just the newspaper-related databases, such as Newsbank and Newspaper Source Plus.

Search a specialist news database

Searching within specialist news databases such as Newsbank is another way to find newspaper articles.

Visit the:


Theses

There are a number of free and subscribed resources available for finding Australian and international theses.

Finding Deakin theses

To find Deakin theses using Library Search, enter the title or keywords for the thesis into the search box, expand the ‘Options’ for searching and click the ‘Catalogue only’ tick box. Now click ‘Search’.

Expand Library Search options to select Catalogue only

From the menu on the left of the results screen, locate the ‘Source Types’ limit and tick the ‘Dissertations/Theses’ tick box (this option may be hidden until you click ‘Show more’).

Websites

Search tips

The internet is full of a lot of information, some of which is a little questionable. When using a search engine:

  • Choose your search terms carefully; be as specific as possible;
  • Leave out common words, such as the, and, in and at;
  • Don’t worry about using capital letters;
  • Enclose "exact phrases" in quotation marks;
  • Use domains to limit your search to material on specific websites for example:
    • edu.au for Educational websites
    • gov.au for Australian government sites;
    • org.au for Australian organisation websites
  • Use specialist search engines such as Google Scholar

Evaluating what you find

How do you know if the information you find is reliable and accurate?

Evaluating information sources (video tutorial, 2 minutes 13 seconds)

It’s always important to consider the quality of the information you use. It is especially important to critically evaluate web resources, as there is no quality control on the Internet. No single person or organisation has the task of verifying the authenticity and accuracy of sites. As a student, the responsibility for assessing the merit of information lies with you.

What to look for when evaluating online sources:

Author
  • Can you identify who the author is?
  • What authority does the author have?
  • Do they have affiliations, credentials or a specific reason for publishing the information?
Type of Information
  • Look at the URL or address. Where did the document originate?
  • Is the information scholarly, governmental, from a private business or association, or an advertisement?
  • Do other reputable Internet sites point to this one?
Purpose
  • Is the author making an argument for personal gain, offering an opinion, giving a factual report or relaying a personal observation?
  • Who is the intended audience?
Sources
  • Is the information from original research, experiments, observation, interviews, books or documents?
  • Are references provided?
Timeliness
  • How old is the information?
  • Has the content been updated recently?

If you can’t find the answer to these questions, that may be reason enough not to use a particular website or resource.

If you do use a website for an assignment, make sure you record the URL and the date you visited it. This information is essential for referencing in your assignments.

Referencing

Language and Learning Advisers are available for appointments or during designated drop in sessions and experienced in supporting student in a number of areas including referencing.

It is important to reference your sources for many reasons, including:

  • to show that you have read
  • to enable the reader to locate the sources mentioned in your paper
  • to acknowledge your sources and avoid plagiarism

Also available from study support is information on avoiding plagiarism and collusion, as well as handy FAQs on common referencing questions.

Borrowing material

Deakin staff and students can borrow items from any of our four campus libraries.

Requesting

If an item you would like to borrow is on loan or available at another campus, you can use the ‘Request it’ button to place a hold. An email will be sent to the email address on your Library record when the item is available to collect at your campus library.

If you are a cloud student you can have items delivered to your home or work address using the delivery service.

Note: Items in special-collections are not available for loan or request, and are marked in the catalogues as LIB USE ONLY.

Didn’t find the title you wanted?

1. BONUS+

If the book you are looking for appears in your results, however it is on loan or on hold, click the BONUS+ icon, located next to the ‘Request it’ button.

BONUS+ searches for the title in several other university library collections (NOTE: Not all university libraries participate in BONUS+. See our BONUS+ help page for more information.) This service is not available to overseas cloud students, non-award students or MIBT students.

If the book you are looking for does not appear in your search results, click the BONUS+ link available in the right hand menu on the search results screen:

2. Interlibrary Loan

If you’ve searched Deakin Library and BONUS+ and still can’t find the item, request the item through Interlibrary Loan (not available to MIBT or DUELI students). Unlike BONUS+, you can also use Interlibrary Loan to request journal articles, conference papers and theses.

OR

3. CAVAL

Request a CAVAL borrowing card from the Library service desk and you can borrow in person from other Victorian academic libraries (not available to MIBT or DUELI students). For information on obtaining a CAVAL borrowing card, and a list of participating libraries, see our CAVAL help page.

Take a look at our Access and Borrow page for further information.

Help

At Deakin University we have a number of support services available including:

Liaison Librarians

Every school and faculty has designated Liaison Librarians located at each campus, who can help you with your research skills and techniques.

Library Resource Guides

For a directory of key databases, books, journals and other resources, relevant to your area of study, check out Library Resource Guides.

Digital Literacy skills

For quick tutorials and videos on finding, using and sharing information, head over to Digital literacy tutorials.

Study Support

Language and Learning Advisers are available for appointments or during designated drop in sessions and experienced in supporting student in a number of areas including referencing, assignment writing, time management, oral presentations and lots more.

Library staff at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, the Geelong Waterfront Campus and the Warrnambool Campus can make an appointment for you at the service desk.

Find out more information about study support services.

Support from your faculty

Some faculties also offer tailored support to their students. Information on these services is available via the following links:

Students helping students

Mentors are available on campus to provide personalised support in areas such as time management, achieving a study-life balance, and getting to know Deakin resources and services. For more information on this program, go to Students helping students.

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16th May 2014