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

Find Books

Known title searching

One way to find a known book title using MegaSearch is to use keywords from the title and the author.

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

Author: Martell

Book title: The sociology of globalization

Keyword search: martell sociology globalization

screenshot showing keyword search


The 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 you search on books only.

screenshot showing source type limit
If you prefer to search using the book title as a phrase in MegaSearch, you must use double quotation marks around your search words.
Example: "the sociology of globalization"

Keyword searching

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


Search results



Clicking the Show More link will show you all of the copies available in the Library.
Clicking the title link will show you 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 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:

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)

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:

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.