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Transnational Education (TNE): Locating Resources

An introduction to providing transnational education at Murdoch


The search box on the Library homepage defaults to the FindIt tab:

FindIt searches through:

  • the entire Library catalogue, including books, ebooks, journals 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

Enter your search term(s) into the box. Click on the magnifying glass or 'enter' to return your search results.

As you can see, a lot of results have been returned (nearly 8 million), so it is important to refine your search to improve the accuracy of your results. There are a number of ways to do this. Check out these tips to improve your searching.

Note: Although FindIt will include books from the Murdoch Library in the search results, you may find it more useful to only search the Library catalogue (see below).

Searching the Catalogue

To search the Library catalogue, you will need to select the 'Library Catalogue' tab:

If you are searching for a known book, you can use the radio buttons to search by 'Title' or 'Author'. However, if you are doing research on a topic and want to see what resources are available, you can do a 'Keyword' search by simply entering the term(s) you are interested in. See for example, a keyword search for 'economics' above. 

The results provide a lot of information on how to find the resource:

  • the first column tells you whether the book is in print or digital (eBook) format.
  • the location advises where the book is shelved (more relevant for printed material).
  • the status column advises whether or not the resource is available to borrow:
    • Check Shelf - means the book is available in the Library (not checked out).
    • Due - the book is on loan and should be returned by the date indicated.
    • Online Access - the book is available online.
  • clicking on the title of the material will give you further information about the item.

Electronic Resources

An example of what you will see if you were to click on one of the above eBooks:

Clicking on the link (shown in the blue rectangle above) will open up the eBook for you to read. Different eBooks will use different interfaces, so they may look different when you open the link.

Please refer to our eBook guide, which provides advice on how to access and use the different eBooks.

What to do if you can't access the material?

A small number of online resources are not available for access outside Australia. If a resource is not available to you, you will see the following message when you try to access it:

Sorry, this resource is not available to you. Please contact a library staff member for alternative resources.

In this instance, you will need to consider requesting the item.

How to request an item

Before making a request, check to see if your article is already available online:

  1. My Unit Readings
  2. Findit

If it is not available online:

  • To request scanned copies (PDF) of print journal articles or book chapters held in Murdoch University Library, submit a document request form.
  • To request journal articles that are not available from Murdoch University Library, use ArticleReach.

Copyright restrictions apply to document requests. Please see Copyright Restrictions (left) for details.

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