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 you can approach it in two ways:

  • you know the title of the book
  • 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'.

image of the Library search box, searching for a known book title

If it 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 available as an e-book.

image of the Library search interface, having found a known book title

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'.

image of the Library search interface searching for a keyword

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

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

limiting your search to specific source types

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

limiting you the books and ebooks source types

If we were to select books alone, it would remove from your results titles where the Library holds both print and electronic copies, which tend to be the most recently published titles.

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.

image of a book record, showing the shelf locations

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 display of a found e-book title

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.

e-book display on one of our provider websites

When using an e-book, you may be able to print, copy or download, but this varies between providers - see our e-book help page for more information.

Finding journals and articles

For an introduction on finding resources using the Library catalogue, complete the interactive tutorial 'Finding information resources using Library search'.

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 Discover More.

Discover More 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).

  1. Identify the article title
    image which breaks down 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
    Library search box searching for an article title
  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. Discover More search result display showing articles found
    If the article doesn't appear in Discover More, 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)
    image which breaks down a journal citation into separate parts
  5. Type the journal title you have identified into the search box on the Library homepage
    Library search box searching for a journal title

    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:
    Snippet of search screen highlighting the Title search option

    ... and Limit your search result to the Library catalogue:
    Snippet of screen highlighting the Limit to catalogue option

  6. Select the database that covers the required date (in this case, you will need to select one that covers all of 2010) coverage dates for the found journal
  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 by searching 'Discover More', 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
  • Tick the box next to 'Discover More'
  • Click 'Search'.
Library search box searching for a topic

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:

Discover More search results display

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

Discover More limit facets

Click the 'x' next to the limit to rerun 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 icon, which will suggest possible locations to find a full text copy of the article.

Search subject specific databases

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. To get a list of the most relevant databases for you, go to the Library Resource Guides. Resources contained in these guides 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 topic or subject area.

  1. Click on the 'Articles' tab
  2. Select a recommended database.
Library Resource Guides view of articles

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches across academic literature such as books and journals. If you set your preferences in Google Scholar, you can get direct access to full text items from the Library's subscription journals and databases. This will appear in your Google Scholar results list as a link to WebBridge@Deakin.

If you are accessing Google Scholar on campus, this usually happens automatically.

If you are accessing Google Scholar off campus, you will need to adjust the library links settings so Google Scholar recognises that you are from Deakin University.

To set up library links in Google Scholar:

  1. Go to Google Scholar:
  2. Choose Settings, in the top right hand corner
  3. Select Library links from the left-hand list of options, type 'Deakin' into the search box, then hit the search button
  4. Tick the checkbox against Deakin University Library - WebBridge@DEAKIN
  5. Click the Save button.

Note: Cookies must be enabled for your browser to remember your settings.

Borrowing material

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


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

Request it item

If you are an off-campus student you can have items delivered to your home or work address using the off-campus 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 Library has the book you are looking for but it is on loan or on hold, look for the Bonus+ icon, located next to the Request button.

Clicking the button will search for the book 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 off-campus students, non-award students or MIBT students.

If you can't find the book in the search results, search the BONUS+ catalogue by un-hiding the right hand menu on the search results screen:

Snippet of right hand column with 'unhide' icon highlighted

... and then selecting the BONUS+ button:

Screen snippet of the BONUS+ icon

2. Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

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 not only request books, but also journal articles, conference papers and theses. To request an Interlibrary Loan, complete and submit the online request form.



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.

Want to find out more? Take a look at our Access and Borrow page.

Assignment writing

Language and Learning Advisers

Language and Learning Advisers help students develop effective study skills for study success.

Find more information about this service at

Faculty Support

Arts and Education faculty: ASK and SEE service -

Business and Law drop in station (Melbourne only) -

MIBT - (more information on services is available via your MIBT student portal)


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

Help on referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available from the University's Study Skills website, as well as a handy FAQ page on common referencing questions.


Library Resource Guides

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

Digital Literacy skills

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

Liaison Librarians

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

Study Skills

Study Skills advisors can assist you in developing skills through:

Other assistance is also available:

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


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20th February 2014