One Search, State Library’s catalogue, provides access to all of State Library's collections. It allows searching across collections and across millions of online resources at the same time. You can also add your own tags to the records of any State Library resources, as well as saving your favourite records and searches.
Introduction to One Search (3.43 minutes)
How to request material held in storage (3.41 minutes)
This will search for all the searched terms in everything available in the One Search.
To limit your search to a particular collection, click on scope nameto make an alternative selection.
See the table below for more information about each scope option.
Search scopes in One Search
You can do more than a keyword search with the single search box. Try the following search options to get the best results for your search:
Use double quotation marks to search for your string of words as a phrase. This will ensure that your searched words are located next to each other in the order specified. Without quotation marks, your search results will contain individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.
You can combine both words and phrases in a single search.
For example, to search for global warming as one term, type "global warming" in the search box.
You can search for items that contain at least one of the words or phrases you type in the search box. To do so, type OR between the words or phrases.
For example, to search for items with the word Irish or the word Celtic, type irish OR celtic in the search box. Make sure you type the OR or NOT in uppercase.
Note: If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, it is assumed that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.
You can exclude items that contain specific words or phrases. To do so, type NOT and then type the word or phrase to exclude.
For example, to search for items with the word Celtic and exclude any of these items with the word Irish, type the following in the search box: celtic NOT irish.
Note: If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, the system assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.
You can include the following wildcard characters in your searches:
You can use parentheses to group terms within a query.
For example, to search for Queensland and either sugar or cane, type the following in the search box Queensland (sugar OR cane).
Advanced Search lets you determine which fields to search, how to search for your terms (i.e. contains, (is) exact, starts with), and how to combine your search terms. It also gives you other options for limiting the scope of your search.
Use Browse search in the catalogue to return an alphabetical listing of items beginning with the searched term(s). You can select to browse by subject, author, title or call number. Browse search for an author name searches by the author’s surname or an organisation name. To conduct a browse search:
The results list displays all the items that match your search query. Your results are usually sorted by relevance. To change the sorting to either Date newest, Date oldest, Author or Title:
Each item in the list includes:
You can refine your search results using a variety of limits on the right-hand side, such as by Resource type, Collections, Subject, Date, Format, and Language.
Click on the arrows to expand or collapse the options available.
By clicking on the orange strike through tick icon that appears when you hover over a facet name you can exclude this from your search results.
You can also lock facets for future searches by clicking on the lock icon that appears when you hover over the Active Filters you have applied to a search.
Click the item's title to get more information about the item.
In the full record view, you can view the following information. The format of the item will determine what you see in each record.
This section provides various options for sharing or referencing the item:
Lists all of the locations where an item is held and allows you to request an item if it is held in storage. Much of the collection material is held in storage.
When you request an item, library staff will retrieve it for you. Delivery times apply.
Note: You need to Log in to your account with your State Library membership to make a request for items in storage. If you do not have an account, apply for SLQ membership.
Lists all of the links to the item if available online.
Some online items have access restricted to library members only. You can access these items by logging in to your account. If you do not have an account, apply for SLQ membership.
To close the full record view, either:
The Full Details section displays the item’s full record and links to further information. You can click on the Author or Subjects links to quickly find related material.
Find links to Trove, table of contents if available, author information in WorldCat, order forms to purchase high resolution copies of copyright free images and the ability to provide feedback on the item.
You can use the More like this to quickly find related material.
To browse through the list click > or <.
Click on the cover image of the material for the full record view.
You can add tags to a record to help you find the item again, or help other people to discover it. The tags can be a word or phrase which provides useful information of the item content. These tags can then be viewed publicly by clicking on TAGS in the main menu or by searching in Advanced Search by selecting User tags from the Any field drop-down menu.
You must be logged in to add the tags. To add a tag:
You can view further information about the item such as a summary, author information, book excerpts and reviews. This information comes from outside sources. It is not available in all records.
Note: To close the full record view, either:
When you log into your account, you're able to:
To login to My Library Card:
You can check the status of your requests and renew your loans.
Note: Remember to sign out so that your searches remain private and your personal settings and basket are not tampered with by anyone else.
When you login, it will default to the OVERVIEW section.
My Favourites allows you to save and organise items that you find. To access My Favourites, click the Pin icon at the top of the page.
Click the Pin icon next to a title to add to My Favourites.
Note: You must sign in to save items in My Favourites for future sessions.
Click the Unpin icon next to a title to remove from My Favourites.
Click the Pin icon at the top right-hand side of the page to view items you've saved to My Favourites.
You can organise your pinned items into groups using Labels, which can then be accessed for future use. You can add multiple labels to an item.
To add labels to your pinned item(s)/records:
You can access your items in each label by clicking on the labels listed on the right-hand side.
A query is a word or phrase you specify in the search box to find information. You can do the following with queries:
If you are signed in, you can save a query by clicking the Save query link, which appears next to the results count on the brief results page.
To access your saved session queries:
Under My Favourites, you will find:
You can run a saved query by clicking on the search term in the list, or you can set an alert.
Note: If you are not signed in, your search history is only available during the current session.
An alert sends you an email when there are new items in One Search that match your search criteria.
To create an alert: