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Searching for your Literature Review: Search

Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue can be good for scoping searches. You can use it to find books and e-books, videos, journal articles, papers, reports, conference proceedings, theses, digital media, and more.

The Catalogue also helps you manage your research. Sign-in in order to:

  • View your loans and make requests
  • Create saved searches and lists
  • Export citations to EndNote or EndNote Web

Work through the interactive tutorial to learn how to search the Catalogue effectively. 

Perform your search

Regardless of the interface, most databases have at least some of these common features:

  • basic or advanced search screens
  • combine search terms
  • limit or refine options
  • save, print, email or export options
  • help screens

Examples of different database interfaces (or providers) used by the Library include OvidProQuest, and Compendex.

This is an example of a search strategy in the database ProQuest Central.

Hot Tip - Use the database help screens to find out how to combine your search terms and what truncation and wildcard symbols to use.

Advanced Google Scholar search

You should always access Advance Google Scholar from the Library homepage to access UniSA full text links.

Search options:​

Browse UniSA's subscribed journals and easily access PDFs


BrowZine™ allows you to easily access and browse journals available online via UniSA. Access via Catalogue > Journals

LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad™ is a Google Chrome Extension that makes it easy to access journal articles anywhere on the internet. 



For instructions on how to install BrowZine and LibKey, visit Library News

My Bookshelf is the place where you can organise your favorite journals and stay up to date in your field!  You may rename and organise your "shelves" and "bookcases" however you'd like! This configuration will automatically sync to your other devices when you use the same login.

See the video below to learn how to add a journal to My bookshelf (11 mins)


  • What is the BrowZine Account?

The BrowZine Account is the system used to provide personalization features throughout the BrowZine ecosystem.  Having a BrowZine Account is required for using My Bookshelf on all devices as it is used to tie together your different devices so you only need to configure My Bookshelf on one device and the configuration will sync seamlessly between them.

  • What email can I use to create my BrowZine Account?  Does it matter?

In most cases, you can use any email you would like!  For libraries using the BrowZine Pairing Service, you may be restricted to using only your university/company email address.  BrowZine will alert you to this fact if you try to use another email at one of these accounts automatically.

  • Do I have to have an account?  Can I use BrowZine at all without one?

No, you do not have to have an account to use BrowZine.  You can still browse the shelves, look up titles, read tables of contents, and download articles.  However, in order to use the personalization feature of My Bookshelf and My Articles, a BrowZine account is required so that we can synchronize and back-up your data across all devices and ensure that we keep your device accurately updated.

  • What if you can't find a journal in BrowZine?
    • You can try searching the name of the journal in the Library catalogue, e.g. Journal of advanced nursing.
    • For table of contents of the journal, search the web by journal title. Most publishers offer email alerts for the table of contents of the latest issue's.
    • Contact Interlibrary Loans and Document Delivery Service (Eligibility applied).
    • Remember there maybe free Open Access versions of journal articles - use the Unpaywall Chrome/Firefox extension to find them (about Unpaywall)