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FindIt: FindIT - Basic Search

Helpful information to get you started using the library's search tool, FindIt.

Step by Step

Begin at the FindIT search box at:  library.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

If you decide that the contents of your search results list meets your needs, start  selecting individual items from the list.
However, if you are not satisfied with  the quality or usefulness of items in your search results list, try the strategies on the Refine Results page.

There are numerous techniques that you might employ to refine your list of search results.  These include:

  • Reviewing your chosen keywords:  are there other ways of expressing, in words, what you are searching for?
  • Limiting the date-range of your results:  perhaps you might look for articles published within the past five years, or so?
  • Limiting to publication type:  consider if there is a specific publication type that will benefit you - book, journal, report?
  • Do you know of any important authors in your subject?  Ask around ... find out, then search for works written by this person.

These, and other techniques for refining your FindIT search can be found on the Refine Results page of this LibGuide.

The FindIT folder enables you to print, email or save details for any of the items listed in your FindIT search results.  

The FindIT folder sits in the blue toolbar in the top right-half of the search results screen.

Notice that to the right of each entry in your search result list is a blue folder icon (with a + sign on it).  Select this icon each time you wish to add an individual search result to the FindIT folder in the toolbar at top of screen.

For more information on managing results saved in folder, go to the Manage your Results page of this LibGuide.