From the Library home page, you can target your search to the type of content you need. 

Library Search Options

 Library, Books, Journal Articles, Video and Audio, Journals, Databases, Physical Items, Past Exams Papers and Course Reading Lists.


  • All items in Library Search excluding newspaper articles and reviews
  • Additional default exclusions in Library Search
    • Resources which may be available by placing a request. You can choose to see these results by enabling the toggle to Include results regardless of availability (What's this?). Note: This toggle is automatically enabled if your search query returns no results in the default search
    • Resources returned through matches to your search terms within the full text content. You can choose to see these results by enabling the toggle to Search within full text
  • If you choose to change these default selections, your adjustments will be retained for your session


  • Limits to books, in physical format and available online
  • Does not include book chapters

Journal articles

  • Limits to journal and magazine articles
  • Does not include newspaper articles or newsletter articles

Video and audio

  • Video including streaming video, DVDs and older video formats
  • Audio including streaming audio, streaming music, CDs and older audio formats


  • Finds your search term in the title of journals, magazines or newspapers
  • Does not find articles within journals, magazines or newspapers


  • Find databases quickly and jump straight to a specific database
  • Browse databases in a subject area

Physical items

  • Limits to physical items from any UQ Library location including the warehouse
  • Includes print format books, journals, theses, music scores, maps, DVDs, etc

Past exam papers

  • PDFs of the original exam papers, with questions only (not answers)
  • Search by course code only, e.g. MATH or MATH1040
  • More about past exam papers

Course reading lists