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

Use the facets on the left to refine your search to the exact information you want.

Location of facets on results page
Click the image for a closer look at facets.

Narrow your results using facets

Simply click on a facet to narrow your results. Selecting a facet here usually reduces the other options in that category because, for example, something that is a book is not usually also a thesis.

Facets interface

To select multiple facets (eg. Books OR Videos, English OR French), click Show more options under each facet list and use the checkboxes to include (or exclude) items.

multiple facet selection screen

Removing a facet

You will see the facets you’ve chosen along the top of the results page. You can deselect each facet by clicking on the “X”. On the left, the other facet options in that group will return.

removing a facet

Show only some types of results

These are the most popular ways of refining your results.

Show only certain items

  • Physical items: Physical format items that are held by the Library.
  • Peer reviewed journals: What is peer-reviewed? Note that not every article in a journal is necessarily peer reviewed.
  • Available online: Items that can be accessed entirely online.
  • 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.

Expand your results

By default, UQ Library Search only shows articles we have in full text. Check this option to also see:

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

You can request these items via document delivery.

Sort your results

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

Sorting function options

  • Relevance (default): ranked by the Primo algorithms
  • Date-newest: the most recently published items at the top
  • Popularity: how many times users have interacted with an online item
  • Author: A-Z by surname of first author
  • Title: Sorts with special characters first, then numbers, then letters A-Z. Ignores "The" and "A" as first words.