Library catalogues list mainly books but will include other items such as maps, audiovisual items, music scores, and manuscripts.
Many library catalogues now link to electronic resources. Some of those resources will only be available to members of that library, but other resources will be freely available.
As libraries increasingly employ the latest generation of discovery layer technology for their catalogues, individual journal articles are becoming discoverable through them. If you are not a member of that library, you may have to rely on document delivery to access the article. This discoverability of journal articles may not translate into union catalogues.
Library catalogue records have brief rather than detailed descriptions of the books. This increases the difficulty of locating relevant books as you are not searching the full text of the books.
Strategies to improve your chances of finding relevant books -
1. Broader search terms -
2. Subject headings -
3. Call numbers (classification numbers) -
Institutions or government bodies:
Accounts or profiles:
You can use our document delivery service to request books that will be of use to you, if they are not held in the UQ Library.