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MegaSearch: Find Books

Learn how to find books and articles in the UTAS Library using MegaSearch.

Known title search

One way to find a known book using MegaSearch is to search for it by title and author.

Example:
Martell, L 2010, The sociology of globalization, Polity, Cambridge.

Author: Martell
Book title: The sociology of globalization
Search for keywords: martell sociology globalization

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Your results list will include both books and articles at this point, so if you don't find your book near the top, use the Source Types limit (in the panel on the left of the screen) to focus your search on books only.

Source Types limit panel

Keyword search

You can also search for books on a topic using keywords.

Assignment topic example:
While it is generally agreed that most western industrialised nations have benefitted economically from globalisation, the impact on the world's poorest countries has been negative. Discuss.

Broad keyword search: poverty globalisation

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Your results list will include both books and articles at this point, so use the Source Types limit (in the panel on the left of the screen) to focus your search on books only.

Search results

Example:

result list example

Click Show More to see all of the copies available in the Library.
Click on the title for more information about the book (subject headings, contents notes etc.)

The Location, Call No. and Status tell you where to find the book in the library

Library Locations

 Art  Art Library, Hunter Street, Hobart
 Clinical  Clinical Library, 43 Collins Street, Hobart
 Cradle Coast  Cradle Coast Campus, Burnie
 Launceston  Launceston Library, Launceston Campus
 Law  Law Library, lower campus, Sandy Bay

 Morris Miller, or
 Morris Science Level 4 

 Morris Miller Library, Sandy Bay
 Music  Music Library, Conservatorium Building, 5-7 Sandy Bay Rd, Hobart 
 Rozelle  Rozelle Campus, Sydney
 St Vincents  Walter McGrath Library, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney


Reserve
Reserve is a collection of books that are in high demand.  Each of the library branches has a Reserve Collection.
These items are generally available for 2 hour or overnight loan.

Call Numbers
Call numbers tell you where to find a book on the Library shelves.

On the screen they look like this:
JZ 1318 .M36 2010

On the book they look like this:
JZ
1318
.M36
2010

Each call number starts with a letter code for the broad subject area, then each line narrows it down until you have a unique number for each title.  It’s a bit like looking for a street address in a city - you need to know the suburb, the street, and the house number:
JZ        (Suburb)
1318    (Street)
.M36    (House number)
2010

Status
The status column tells you whether the book is available or not.  Some common Status messages are:

 Available  Book is on the Library shelves.
 DUE 24-07-14  Book is on loan.  The date shows when it is due back.
 Lib Use Only  Book cannot be borrowed, but you can use it in the library.
 Recently Returned   Book has been recently returned and may be on the sorting shelves or trolleys awaiting re-shelving. 
 Transit  Book is in transit between library branches.
 Missing  Book is not in its proper place, staff are searching for it.
 Lost  Book has been declared lost after extensive staff searching.
 On Order  New book has been ordered but has not yet arrived in the Library.
 Newly Acquired  New book has arrived but is not yet catalogued.
 On Holdshelf  Book is waiting to be collected by the next person in the Requests queue.

Find out more about borrowing and requesting books here: http://www.utas.edu.au/library/access-borrow/borrow

How to place a request

Found an book in MegaSearch but it's at another library or on loan?

  1. Click Request via Library Catalogue
  2. Click Request it
  3. Enter your ID number from your UTAS ID card and your Library PIN, click Submit Query
    (Need a PIN? Select Don't know your PIN?  to create one)
  4. Select your pick-up location and click Submit
  5. Protect your account - remember to Logout 
  6. Watch for the e-mail saying the book is being held for you
  7. Pick up the book from your library or delivery address within 5 days (or 2 days for 3 day loans)

You can have up to 15 requests in your My Library account at any one time.