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Essential Guide for Students: Search FindIT

This guide intends to provide answers to the library-related questions most commonly asked by new students

Getting started

When searching the Library catalogue:

  • FindIT allows you to search both the library catalogue and databases to locate journal articles, books and e-resources.
  • On The Shelf allow you to search for items that are physically on the library shelves.

Remote access restrictions

Something to be aware of....

Many of our resources are available via remote access to FindIT. 

Some e-books are set to read online such as class texts that have been purchased as e-books.

You can download some items on campus only (depending on licence agreements) 


FindIT step-by-step

Begin at the FindIT search box at:
1. Enter your search terms (1) and click Find (2).

At the top of the results screen, log in using your username and password.

(Don't forget that your username is your student or staff number. Look for it on your ID card.)

Your password is your regular Melbourne Polytechnic password.
If you're not sure what that password is, check with your campus library.

If you need your password reset call ICT on 9269 8488


Review your results list by looking for relevance in the items you've found.

1. Check titles: are they what you need?
Check subjects: do they match the information you hope to find?
Check publication information: is it recent enough for you?
Check the size of your results list: is it too large?

Also check the formats of the items in your list: are there books, academic articles, or other types of publication? Are they suitable for your purposes?

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.