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MultiSearch is the Library’s search platform that provides access to the majority of Library resources. You can use it to find books, journal and newspaper articles, theses, databases, unit readings, exam papers, and more. Sign in with your OneID for better results. Access MultiSearch;

Research Databases

MultiSearch searches across most of the Library's resources, but it doesn't search everything.

To make sure you are finding all relevant literature, you can also search the subject databases included on each page in this guide. Research databases may be subject specific or cover many different topic areas. The search techniques you use in MultiSearch are usually the same ones you use in the subject databases.

When you are analysing an assignment task or searching on a topic, try using alternative phrases for the same concept. You might find one phrase gives you far more results than the others. Below are some examples to start you thinking;

Lightbulb Use inverted commas to link two words together as a phrase


Alternative search terms

Structural Engineering

"civil engineering" ; building ; 

Defect Weakness; obstruction; 


Building; assembly; erection;

LightbulbTry linking one of your search terms with another concept from your assignment. The 'AND' in the middle is capitalized to link the terms, e.g.

"defect" AND ''weakness'' AND "obstruction"

"construction" AND "erection"

Often, you will be required to find and use peer reviewed journal articles in your units.

Peer review refers to:

  • articles which have been analysed by recognised authorities in the field. The reviewer may request revision or reject the article.

Peer review is important because: 

  • It is a guarantee of quality academic material.

How do you choose peer reviewed material?

  • By checking the 'peer review' box in the filter pane on the left side of the MultiSearch search result screen.

Choosing peer reviewed sources for your assessment is a great start, but there are other things you need to think about when selecting the right material. Learn more about how to evaluate sources;

Browsing the collection

Browsing the Library shelves can be an effective way of finding relevant resources. Try browsing shelves around these call numbers to find interesting titles to extend your research.                                                                                                     

Call Number Subject Area
TA1-2040 Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
TA164 Bioengineering
TA170-171 Environmental Engineering
TA690-695 Structural Engineering
TC1-978 Hydraulic Engineering
TA1501-1820 Applied Optics, Photonics

Browsing items related to your search can be another way of finding relevant resources. When you find a useful source in MultiSearch, try scrolling to the bottom of the record to see a virtual bookshelf of related items.

Virtual bookshelf at the bottom of a MultiSearch record



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Find out more ... Peer review

Peer review refers to:

  • articles which have been scrutinised by recognised authorities in the field
  • articles may be rejected for publication, or asked to revise

Peer review is important because: 

  • It is a guarantee of quality academic material

How do you choose peer reviewed material?

  • By checking the 'peer review' box in the filter pane on the left