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MHS Library | Research

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.
  • Search Databases for journal articles.



Victorian State Library

The State Library of Victoria is an extremely comprehensive curator with a large amount and scope of digital resources offered.  With an enormous budget they are able to offer hundreds of databases to assist you. Just click on the 'Search and Discover' option to reach the databases. 

 Join up and GET INSTANT ACCESS. You can do this online by clicking here.

Some of the most comprehensive Databases from SLV are EBSCO and ProQuest. 


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'.