Use LibrarySearch to look for a specific title.
Search for e-books in LibrarySearch.
If searching by topic, you can limit your results list by choosing to filter for Online and in the Resource Type category select 'books'.
Note, not all books are commercially available as e-books. When a title has been published as an e-book, the Library purchases relevant titles within budget parameters.
For additional information, go to our e-books guide.
There are 4 options to obtain a title we don't have.
For additional information, go to borrowing from other libraries.
Your RMIT University student card is also your library borrowing card. Staff will need a barcode from the library to borrow print books. If you need assistance placing holds, contact Ask the Library
To borrow physical items from the Library, scan your card and the item using one of the self-checkout units.
More information on borrowing can be found on the borrowing page.
E-books can be read online or downloaded ('borrowed') to read offline. Use your RMIT ID and password to download.
For additional information on e-books, go to our e-books guide.
at another Library site?
already on loan?
in “off-site storage”
You can place a hold on a physical item at another site or an item already on loan.
Note: Items from Temporary Off-site storage generally arrive within one business day. Available items arriving from one site to another generally arrive within two days. (Items with the location of "Off-site storage" can only be borrowed by placing a hold)
If there are holds placed on any of the items, or if you’ve reached your maximum borrowing time, you will receive a library notice. Please return these items by the due date in the notice.
All other items will be automatically renewed unless your account is blocked due to overdue items. You can also manually renew items via your My Library Account after logging into LibrarySearch.
For additional information, go to Holds, renewals, returns and overdues..
Log in to LibrarySearch. Select the item to view the details. Under the ‘Physical Items’ heading, locate REQUEST: 'Place a Hold:' You will then see a drop down menu to select “Pickup Location” Select the location you wish to pick up the item from and press 'SEND REQUEST'.
You will receive an e-mail when the hold is ready for you to pick up. Items are stored on the ‘hold’ shelf, alphabetically under your family name. You have 7 days to collect and borrow the item.
For assistance or to change a pickup location, contact us via Ask the Library. To cancel a hold request, login to LibrarySearch and select the menu under your name in the top right hand corner, to see My Library Account.
Staff need to have a barcode attached to their staff card to borrow print books. Library staff can issue the barcode when you collect your hold.
For additional information, go to the Holds page.
Yes, there is lots of help available. The Easy Cite Referencing tool provides guidance and examples for the Harvard, APA, AGLC, Chicago, Vancouver and IEEE styles.. We also have 'referencing guides' available via the Library website. Our online referencing tutorials in the Learning Lab may also be helpful. You can contact your teaching staff for help and Library staff can also provide basic referencing advice.
Scholarly articles are in-depth, accurate, well researched, written by academics, and published in academic journals. They are good and credible sources of information because the articles have been through a peer-review process. This process involves formal evaluation by equally qualified academics and experts.
Some databases will give you the option to only see results in your search from 'peer reviewed' or 'scholarly' journals.
If you want to know if the article you have found is in a scholarly and/or peer reviewed journal, use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. The video and handout will show you how:
How to tell if a journal is scholarly (video)
How to use Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory (PDF)
Prefer to speak to someone?
Talk to library assistants at the entrance to the Library or chat with a Librarian via Ask the Library.
A librarian may be able to sort out the problem or find an alternative source for you.
Need some tips on using LibrarySearch?
Try the search tips and video tutorials on the Help with LibrarySearch page or our self paced online library tutorials.
Having access problems from off-campus?
Check the Troubleshooting Access to Online Collections page for instructions
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