New Catalogue

Start your research in our new
easy-to use catalogue

You’ll find a new single search function which will allow you to search our published materials (books, magazines, maps), manuscripts, oral history and pictures catalogue and most eresources (articles and ebooks) all at once.

We encourage you to start your research in this new catalogue to search across the Library’s vast collections and digital resources and see for yourself its powerful search capabilities.

Please place all requests for items in the new catalogue.

Advanced Keyword Search


To search for a phrase, use quotation marks around the words. These words will appear together in all results exactly as typed.

"World Vision Australia"

When more than one word is entered in a search box, the search will automatically add AND between the words and will retrieve items that contain all the words, anywhere within the record.

Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.

World Vision Australia

World AND Vision AND Australia

To broaden your search use two or more search boxes selecting OR from the drop down box on the right

Federal OR Commonwealth

To exclude words from your search, use two or more search boxes selecting AND NOT from the drop down box on the right.

Sydney AND NOT Harbour

Use NEAR to specify words close to each other, in any order.

Use BEFORE to specify a word appearing before another word.

Use AFTER to specify a word appearing before another word.


Use quotation marks " " to search for "near", "before" or "after" as words.

Australia NEAR Education

cart BEFORE horse

cart AFTER horse

"after" the flood

To select multiple options from one limit, hold down the Ctrl key and use your mouse to click on your selected options.

For example use this method to find more then one language in the language limit or to search both the SRL Reading Room and Mitchell Reading Room when using the location limit.


Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.


To search for words that have the same beginning, add an asterisk(s) * at the end of the stem.

To truncate up to five characters, use one asterisk. Eg. Histor* will find History, Historic, Historical, Historian

To truncate more than five characters, use two asterisks. Eg. Ocean** will find Ocean, Oceans, Oceanic, Oceania, Oceanography and Oceanographer

At present only right-truncation is possible. It is not possible to search for words with the same ending.




Asterisk (*) may be embedded in a word to search for word variations. Eg. For spelling variations, Colo*r will retrieve both Color and Colour.

The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.


You can use a question mark to replace a letter/letters in the middle of a word. Eg. Wom?n will search for Woman and Women


Select "any field" and type a single asterisk (*) in the first search box. Then use the Limit boxes to define your search.

Use this method to find all the works in a particular language, issued by a publisher, etc. You can also combine the limits eg. to find all of the videos/films in French.