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Getting Started in the Library

A guide for new students at the University of Tasmania


An eBook is an electronic book that can be read online or downloaded to your computer/mobile device temporarily - just like borrowing a print book from the Library.

eBook formats differ depending on the eBook provider, but the two most common formats for Library eBooks are PDF or ePub.

If you want to read an eBook offline, you may have to download some software to comply with the Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems used by some eBook providers.

Please see our eBooks Guide for more information about finding and using eBooks.


eJournals are the online equivalent of the print journals (see Libraries on Campus), and can be accessed by UTAS students and staff from almost any location that has an internet connection.

Search for eJournals by title using the Library catalogue or browse by subject category using the eJournals List.

Search tools


MegaSearch is the default search option on the Library webpage.  Use MegaSearch if you want to do a broad keyword search for books and articles that combines results from the Library catalogue and most of the databases and eJournals.  See the MegaSearch Guide for more details and search tips.

Library catalogue

The Library catalogue tells you what is held in the UTAS Library and where to find it.  Results will include books/ebooks, CDs/DVDs, and journal titles (but NOT articles).  It is usually easier to find books using the Library catalogue rather than MegaSearch.


The Library's bibliographic databases are the best tools for finding scholarly journal articles for your research.  Each academic discipline has it's own specialist databases indexing the journals in that field.  To find out which databases cover your subjects, check out the Library Subject Guides.

eJournals list

Use the eJournals list to search for online journals by title or browse by subject category.  (You can also use the Library catalogue to find both print and online journals.)

Reading Lists index
The Reading Lists index provides direct access to electronic readings and an easy way to find material on Reserve for your units.  Look under the Unit Readings tab on this guide for more details.

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