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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 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).


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*

Everything – All formats.
Articles – Journal, magazine and newspaper articles from our subscription and databases;.
Books etc – Includes ebooks, DVD and other items.
eBooks - Electronic books
Journal  – A quick way to see if we have a title, in print or electronically.
Find on shelf – Items you can find on the shelves in the Libraries.
Online – ejournals, ebooks, websites, streaming audio and video, digitised material.
Creation date – Set start/finish dates for when an item was created or published – this doesn't work well for things published over a period of time, such as journals.

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 titles

Titles can be a bit tricky, especially if they are journal titles or common titles.
  • If you're looking for a textbook with a one word title such as 'Health', it helps to know something else; for example, the author, edition or publication year. 
  • If you're looking for a common title that has been published in more than one place, like Vogue or The Herald, add the city where it was published (for example: vogue paris; herald newcastle).

Entering numbers for items

There are lots of different numbers used to describe items in libraries, from ISBNs and ISSNs to accession numbers and call numbers.

  • To find an ISBN (a unique number assigned to a book) or ISSN (a unique number assigned to a journal or magazine), just type the number in the search box.
  • To find a call number (shelf location).