Entering a broad topic in Library Search often reveals lots of results. 

Use the filters on the right to refine your search to the exact information you want.

UQ Library Search facets


Narrow your results using filters

Apply search filters

To include (single filter): click on a filter name.
To exclude (singer filter): click the exclude icon which appears when you hover over the filter name.

Selecting a filter here usually reduces the other options because, for example, something is not usually a book AND a newspaper article.

To view all the filter options, click Show More under the list.

Show more filter options

Apply multiple filters at once

Save time by applying multiple filters at once:

  • Include using the checkbox (left of the filter name)
  • Exclude by using the checkbox and then toggle Exclude (right of filter name).

Click Apply Filters to finish.

multiple filters include and exclude

Lock an applied filter

You can click on the Make filter persistent (Lock icon) beside any applied filter to make it persistent throughout your session. This keeps your favourite filters active as you refine your search terms with more searches.

persistent facet  locked filter

Remove an applied filter

You will see the Active filters you’ve chosen at the top of the panel.

  • Remove single and locked filters by clicking the X.
  • Remove all unlocked filters by clicking Reset filters or doing a new search.

Your search results will refresh. 

  Reset filters


Most popular filters

These are the most popular ways of refining your results so they are grouped together at the top for easy access.

Show only filters

  • Available online: Items that can be accessed entirely online.
  • Peer-reviewed journalsWhat is peer-reviewed? Note that not every article in a journal is necessarily peer reviewed.
  • Open Access: Research outputs which are free of cost and available online.
  • Physical items: Physical format items that are held by the Library.
  • Currently available in the Library: Physical items that are available to be borrowed or viewed. Some items, such as Fryer Library and Warehouse material, need to be requested.
  • Access conditions apply: Materials that are restricted, such as by an embargo period, but that may be available upon logging in or by request.

Sort your results

A list of results can be sorted in the following ways:

  • Relevance (default): ranked by the Library Search software algorithms
  • Date-newest: the most recently published items at the top
  • Date-oldest: the oldest published items at the top
  • Author: A-Z by surname of first author
  • Title: Sorts with special characters first (eg. -, +, $), then numbers, then letters A-Z. Ignores "The" and "A" as first words.

Expand your results

By default, Library Search only shows articles we have in full text. Tick the Include results not available online checkbox to also see:

  • articles that we may only have in print, and
  • items that aren’t available in the Library.

For search results that are not available in the Library, check additional options in the item details:

  • Request document delivery to request the item (UQ students and staff only).
  • Look for Open Access version to check for a freely available version of the article online. 
When we don't hold the item, your options may include: 
Request document delivery (UQ students and staff only), open access versions where the article as a direct object identifier (DOI) and help and contact options.

Request document delivery where the item is not in Library Search.