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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 through the link below.

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 in each topic on the left-hand side. 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. Learn more about effective searching:

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.

Consider using one or two of these terms below and see notes at the bottom of this block on combining specific terms with general ones.

Lightbulb Use inverted commas to link two words together as a phrase and use  'AND' in the middle (capitalized) to link multiple terms and phrases. 

Subject  Alternative search terms

Existential faith ; Philosophical theology ; Being and haya ; Value ; Order ; Language and logic; Humanism; Philosophical Prose ; Treatment of Phenomenology ; Existentialism ; Role of Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy;

Art literature

Literature ; Art ; Morality ; Knowledge; Aesthetics; Art Criticism; Literary criticism

Freedom and alienation  Religion and Theology ; Alienation ; Sartre, Jean-Paul ; Vulnerability; Hegel; Freedom of association; Theology ; Spirituality; Co-Creativity; Freedom; Community
Social philosophy Critical Theory ; Michel Foucault ; Jürgen Habermas ; Axel Honneth ; Max Horkheimer ; Social Philosophy; Progress ; Evaluative Philosophy ; Reflective Philosophy ;  Antian Questions ; Postmodernism; Pragmatism ; John Dewey ; 
Film and philosophy Philosophy in motion pictures; Motion Picture Criticism ; Aesthetics ; Motion Pictures; Film Style
Globalisation      Culture and globalization; Space exploration; Political science; International relations

Trying linking one of your search terms with another concept from your assignment.  For example:


"art criticism" AND debate. 

"International relations" AND "philosophical thought"

Click on the link below to find out more about how to identify search terms for your research.

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

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 the search 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 through the link below.

Quicklinks for students