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QH Libraries Search - Tips: Basic Search

Provides Tips on how best to use Queensland Health Libraries Search.

How to Search

The easiest way to search our catalogue is to type a few words in the main search box at the top of the page and hit enter or click the Search button. It’s just like searching Google, only you'll be looking in the Queensland Health Libraries collections. As you start to type, you will notice that you can select from the following options:

1.  All Resources - searches for everything - journal articles, staff publications, books, electronic resources.

2. Catalogue - searches for what we have in our libraries - includes print and electronic resources.

3. Journal articles - searches for published journal articles in the health sciences.

4. Staff Publications - searches for articles written by QH staff (dependent upon individual libraries adding citations).

basic search


There are more search options available in Advanced search.

Entering your search terms

Here are a few tips that can help you with your search.

To find: Type in:
things about the heart heart
things about both heart and liver heart liver
the exact phrase heart surgery "heart surgery"
things with either or both the words heart or liver heart OR liver
things with the word heart but not liver heart NOT liver
the word globalisation or globalization globali?ation
the words culture, cultured, cultural, culturally etc. cultur*

Refining your search results

On the right of your search results, you'll see the heading 'Refine my results' with groups of links underneath. These links let you quickly choose items with a particular subject, type of resource, author or other characteristic.

Searching for book titles

Titles can be a bit tricky, especially if they are journal titles or common titles. For example, if you're looking for a textbook with a one word title such as 'Health', you could:
  • Include the other known details, such as the author's name, publisher or year, to the search
  • Search using the ISBN of the book (it's a unique number, often printed below the barcode on the back of a book) and should be available on online bookstores
  • Make sure 'Library Catalogue' is selected to ensure you're only searching for books, rather than journal articles