Explore the Library’s online and print collections with one simple search.
Findit searches through:
- the entire Library Catalogue, including books, ebooks and more
- the majority of our subscribed databases which include journals, journal articles, book chapters, newspaper articles, videos, conference papers and more
- the Murdoch University Research Repository.
How to search
1. Enter your search termsUse keywords, phrases, titles or authors or use Boolean operators (AND, OR or NOT) to construct a more complex query
2. RefineRefine using these filters to narrow or expand your results
3. ReviewBased on your search, the results pane may give you additional resources to explore or alternative search queries. View more information about an item by hovering over the title.
4. PreviewThe preview pane may give you the item location, loan status, notes or a preview of content.
I get too many results. What should I do?
- Use filters to narrow down your search. For example, what type of content are you looking for? Books or journal articles? Refine your search by format, date, location, peer reviewed or study area.
- Add more search terms to make your results more unique. Three to five search terms are ideal.
- Use a subject specific database. Some specialised content is not available in Findit. If you are looking for company reports, current news, law reports or legislation, use a subject specific database.
How do I search for books only?
- Enter the book title or book author in the search box
- Click the 'Book/eBook' filter under the Content type heading in the filter pane.
How do I search for journal articles only?
- Enter the title of the article in the search box
- If the article is not within the first few results, click the 'Journal Article' filter under the Content type heading in the filter pane to narrow your results.
How do I find peer-reviewed articles?
- In the filter pane, select 'Scholarly & Peer-Review'.
How do I find items from a specific Library only?
- In the filter pane, select the Library branch you'd like to limit your search to.
Can I use Boolean operators?
Yes you can! Use Boolean operators to narrow, expand or exclude items from your search.
- AND - will narrow your search showing articles which contain both keywords
- OR - will broaden your search showing results which contain at least one of your keywords
- NOT - will narrow your search excluding certain words from your results
Please ensure AND, OR and NOT is in UPPERCASE.
Truncators and wildcards can also be used in your search query.
- * truncator - used to retrieve all the different ways a keyword may appear (for example, environ* will retrieve environs, environment, environments, environmental etc.)
- ? wildcard - replaces a letter within your keyword (for example, behavio?r will retrieve behaviour and behaviour)
You can also use quotations to search for exact phrases:
- for example "global warming"
For more help with Boolean operators, truncators and wildcards, see How to use databases.
What are my other search options?
Generally, Findit is the easiest way to search for journal articles, books, ebooks and videos. If you are looking for specialised types of information (like law reports and legislation, company information, news etc.), you'll get better results if you use a subject specific database.