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findit@flinders: The Basics

The Basics

findit@flinders is our library search tool that allows you to search across the library's online and physical collections in one place.  We would recommend it as an excellent starting point for most research projects.

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Simple Search

Here are some simple ways to search for resources using findit@flinders

Type in some keywords

You can search by topic code to find assigned textbooks

Use quotation marks " " to search as a phrase

Advanced Search

Advanced search enables you to define your search scope with greater precision. In line one, the first dropdown box options include title, author/creator, or subject. The second dropdown includes contains, is (exact), or starts with. The search can also be limited by material type, language and publication date. 

Search Results

Search results are records for physical or online items that match your search terms. The basic view of a record will include information such as the title, author, publication date, edition, and where you can find it (in the library or online). It also indicates the resource type, e.g. book, article, journal. Physical items will have a location number and the library branch where it is held. For eBooks, journals and articles, click the 'Online access' link. If a physical item is at another branch or on loan you can place a hold request. 

The library can have several versions of an item. Click to expand the record to see edition and location information.

Watch this quick video demonstration to see how easy it is to place a request for library resources using findit@flinders. More detailed information about request can be found on the Requesting and Collecting page.

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Personalise

My Library Card: keep track of your library resources

Click  at the top right corner of any findit@flinders page to sign in with your FAN and password.

Once signed in, view your active loans and due dates, historical loans, manage your request and any fines or blocks.

Items will automatically renew* unless someone has requested them. *excludes 2 hour loans and document delivery items.

My Favorites: Save searches, add records and set up notifications.

Sign in to save searches and records.

From the results list you can save individual items by clicking the icon on the top right.

To save a complete search, click  at the top of the results page. You can arrange individual saved records into labels, and set up notifications to be alerted when new items are added to a saved search.

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FAQs

Ticking this box will include results that the Library does not have online, but may have in print. Selecting 'No full-text: click for options; and checking the 'Get it' section will show if this is the case. This may be useful if you are doing more in-depth or comprehensive research around a particular subject area.

Any resource the library does not hold can be requested via Document Delivery for eligible patrons.