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Research: Locate


Some of the information on this guide has been copied and/or modified from  Melbourne University Beginning Research libguides.

Quick Tips


Use the Library Catalogue to locate material.

Locating resources

Once you have identified the resources that you need for your research, the next step is to locate them.

  • To locate books, DVDs, and other printed resources, you will need to use the Library Catalogue.
  • The internet is a source of information; it helps to have a few guidelines about how and what to look for.



How to find a resource in the library

If you have found a resource in the library catalogue that you want to find in the library:

  • A non-fiction book will have a call number and will be located in the non-fiction shelves in the larger part of the library.

  • a fiction book will have the first 4 letters of the author's surname and will be located in the front (entrance) part of the library.

 Some books will be located in the Reference Section and can only be used in the library and not borrowed.

Some books have 'Stacks' as their location. Ask a librarian to find these books for you.

Is the resource available for you to borrow?

Before you look for a resource, check to see if it is available. 

It is available if it is 'on shelf'.


It is unavailable if it is 'on loan'.