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Are you looking for books on a topic?

Select Catalogue from the drop-down menu on the library website and type keywords into the search box.

Here, we've searched for any books, eBooks, DVDs and online videos about "study skills".

How do I understand the results?

Your results list when searching the library catalogue can include one book, that has multiple versions. In this case it is multiple editions of the book: 


In this case, there are different locations for the same book. Note 'and other locations'

There can also be different formats of the same book, either on the shelf (available) showing the 'call number' or available online as an eBook (Check for online availability). 

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Books on the shelf

In this example, the book record shows that this item is Available today, and is located at Caboolture and other locations. Click on the 'available' link to see what other USC campuses have the physical copy of the book. 



Books are shelved in the library, and therefore have a “call number” (the address of the book on the shelf).  On the right-hand panel on this page is information to help you to understand how to follow “call numbers” to find resources, or ask for assistance in the library.


eBooks are digital full text versions of books that can be accessed online. 


You can read eBooks online via the "Check for availability" link in a Discover or Catalogue search. You may be prompted to login when accessing eBooks - use your USC username and password. 

After clicking 'Check for availability' you will be taken to the full record of the eBook. From here select the database link to open the homepage of the eBook in a new window.


The homepage of the eBook is important because it will prescribe what you can do with the eBook. Different rules apply to each eBook in relation to:

  • How many users can be reading the eBook at the same time
  • Number of pages you can print or save
  • If you are allowed to copy and paste text 
  • How long you can "borrow" the eBook

Refine your search options

You can refine your catalogue search in a number of ways to narrow your results (using the left-hand pane of the search screen).

For example:



Call numbers: How to read them

Books, journals, kits and DVDs in the USC Library are shelved by subject. Call numbers on books and journals appear most often on the spine or on the front cover if the spine is too narrow.


What do the parts of the call number mean?

Here's a sample call number, with explanation of how this affects the way the item is shelved:


LB2395 M44 2012


LB - describes general subject area; shelved alphabetically

2395 - narrows subject area; numerical order (whole number)

M44 - subject area OR author (alphabetical then decimal order)

2012 - year of publication, numerical order

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