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Finding a specific book or textbook

There are several ways to find books when you know the title and author.

For example, to find the book:

Hanquinet, L. & Savage, M. Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture. Routledge, 2016


  • Enter the title or author and title into the search box: Routledge International handbook of the sociology of art and culture Hanquinet

Tip: If you get too many results, try searching for the title as a phrase by enclosing it in quotation marks, e.g., "Routledge International handbook of the sociology of art and culture"

Note: Other ways you can find books when you know the author and title include:

  • Browse search to browse for records by title or author
  • Advanced search can be used to search particular fields such as Author or Title - useful if your book has a common or one-word title.

Finding a book on a topic

There are a number of ways to find books on a topic.

Start by identifying the keywords (i.e., important words) that describe your topic and enter these into the search box.

In your search results you will often see a large number of records including a mix of journal articles, books and other types of material.

To limit your results to books use the options under Refine My Results on the left of the screen -

Method 1)

Select Books under Resource Type to limit your results to books owned by MQ Library as well as freely available and Open Access books. Hint: sometimes you need to click Show More under Resource Type to see the full range of options.


Method 2)

Selecting MQ Library Collection under Availability will limit your results to physical items held in the Library as well as ebooks and journals. 


Book availability & locations

To find an item you need to know its location and the call number. This information is available in the MultiSearch record for the item.

Available at Macquarie University Library Level 1/ Level 2 indicates the item is available for you to borrow on the open shelves. Check the Call Number to see where in the Library it is located - 

  • Call numbers starting with the letters A to J are on Level 2 (entrance level)
  • Call numbers starting with the letters K to Z are on Level 1

Available at Macquarie University Library Automated Retrieval Collection indicates that you need to request the item from the Automated Retrieval Collection (ARC), our on-site storage system. For more information about placing a request see our Request an Item page.

Check availability generally means that the item is on loan.

Clicking on the Check availability link will take you to information about when the book is due back. If an item is on loan you can Sign in and place a Request for it. For more information see the Request an Item page.


To limit your search results to eBooks only -

Type your search terms into the MultiSearch search box.

Under Refine my results on the left-hand side of the screen scroll down to Genre and select Electronic books then Apply Filters.


Any eBooks that match your query will now display in the results.

Find out more about using eBooks in our online guide


Virtual bookshelf

View Bookshelf allows you to browse physical items from the open shelves and ARC and electronic items by call number. It is designed to replicate the experience of browsing the shelves.

Find the virtual bookshelf by opening a record for a book (click on the title to do this), then click View Bookshelf on the left of the screen or scroll down until you see the View Bookshelf section.