Retrieving online and hard copy documents

Introduction Top

Once you have found literature relevant to your research question and established its authority, you may need help locating, downloading and storing the documents. In this section you will look at how to find books, use ebooks, find the full-text of an article, and if QUT does not hold an item submit a request through document delivery to obtain the item.

Books (print) Top

For physical items including books, a call number is used to locate the item on the library shelves.

See Study Smart Understand call numbers for help locating physical books in QUT Library.

If you can't find an item on the shelf, ask staff at Library service points. If the item you require is at another campus, on loan to someone else, or in Library Store then 'Place a hold' to request the item. The item will be delivered to you at the campus of your choice. You will receive an email when the item is ready for collection.

eBooks Top

Many library eBooks can be "borrowed" or downloaded to your mobile device, tablet or computer for a specified period of time. Note:

  • loan periods vary - please check the interface before downloading
  • some eBooks have limited simultaneous downloads (e.g. only one person can download at a time)
  • some eBook collections require you to register for an individual account before downloading (e.g. EBSCOhost eBooks), however in most cases you can still read the eBook online without registration.

To enhance your eBook experiences download the necessary software onto your computer and mobile devices.

  • Adobe Digital Editions Adobe Digital Editions enables the download of QUT eBooks onto your computer. These books are only 'borrowed', not yours to keep. So you will need to renew the download after a set number of days (usually 1-14 days). As well as downloading Adobe Digital Editions, you need to get an Adobe ID and Password to authorise your computer. This allows Adobe to recognise that you are a legitimate borrower at a registered organisation.
  • Bluefire Reader for iOS and Android is a great way to read eBooks. Download the Bluefire Reader app via Google Play or the App Store

eBooks from these collections have their own apps for reading on mobile/tablet devices:

QUT Library has a guide to help you get started with eBooks.

Activity - successfully access an eBook

  1. Go to Advanced Keyword Search in the QUT Classic Catalogue.
  2. Enter your search terms (HINT: limit to 'keyword in subject' to get more relevant results).
  3. Limit search by Format. Pick 'eBooks' from the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose an eBook from the catalogue to download.
  5. Click 'connect to an online resource'.
  6. Read or download according to the QUT Library eBook guide.

Article full text

Many library databases include a majority of articles in full text. Click on 'full text online' in the database entry (e.g. Quick Find) and click 'Read Article'. You will have to authenticate using your QUT username and password to access full text journal articles. Now that you are linked to the publisher's website, look for 'full text' with a PDF icon to download the article from the website to your computer.

If full text is not available for a journal article, look for a link: 'find full text'. Clicking the QUT Fulltext Finder button QUT Fulltext Finder performs a quick search for this article across other QUT databases. Fulltext Finder suggests other articles that may be useful - look for the PDF and click to download.

Watch the video: Fulltext finder (YouTube video, 1m31s)

Document delivery

QUT may not have a digital or physical copy of the item you require. As a researcher, you have access to the QUT Library Document Delivery Service, which sources articles, conference papers, book chapters, books, Theses and other formats of documents currently unavailable in the QUT Library collection.

You may receive PDF versions via email within four days of a document delivery request. Document Delivery also supplies books, videos and other formats of literature to postgraduate students and researchers.

Purchasing research resources

If you need to use a resource that QUT Library doesn't hold for an extended period of time, rather than borrowing it from another library you can ask your Liaison Librarian to purchase a copy for the collection. To request a purchase send details of the item via email to your Liaison Librarian.