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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 could include either books on the library shelf, or e-books (online books accessible anywhere).  In the results list, it is clear which are books and which are e-books:

Your results list when searching the library catalogue can include ONE book, showing availability, and shelf location, or MULTIPLE VERSIONS (e.g. Stella Cottrell book).  

Multiple versions (locations): In this case, there are different LOCATIONS for the same book (NOTE: and other locations) – copies are available in either Sippy Downs, USC Fraser Coast or USC Caboolture. Use the Find tab.

Multiple versions (formats): To view details of MULTIPLE VERSIONS of the same title, click on the title or versions link.  In this case (e.g. Tom Burns book), there are different FORMATS of the book – either on the shelf (available) showing the 'call number', or an ebook (online access).

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Books on the shelf

In this example, the book record shows that this item is Available today, and is located in the Sippy Downs General Collection:


short record display of book titled study skills


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 (electronic books)

Electronic Books (or e-books) are available to you on and off campus.  As in this example, the record shows that there is Online Access – click Online Access  to see the following screen, where you can select the Full text link (EBSCOhost in this example):

How to use eBooks: Different options will now be available to you to be able to download or read the e-book, depending on the publisher of the e-book.  See the Library Guide on e-books for details on how to download, read and use e-books:

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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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