Planning: Find information

In the Library's collection

Where to search

Knowing where to search is just as important as knowing how to search.  The following video will help you to understand why and when to use different search tools.

 Video Length: 2 minutes 14 seconds

  • Knowing where to search is just as important as knowing how to search.
  • Not all search tools will give you access to the same information.
  • Understanding why and when to use different search tools will save you time.
  • The Library Collection:
    • is a good place to search for scholarly material.
    • provides free access to a variety of resources types across a range of subject areas.
  • Databases:
    • help focus your search and have more advanced searching options.
  • Google Scholar:
    • provides access to a wide range of resources, but not all of it is scholarly. 
    • use the Google Scholar link from the Library website for best access to full-text references.
  • Some types of specific information are best found using a search engine or specific website.
  • All resources need to be evaluated before using them.

The Library collection


The Library Collection is a good place to start your search for scholarly material. You can use it to find eBooks, journal articles, reports, videos and more.

Using the "refine my results" menu, you can refine your search to find exactly what you need.

Want to know more?

Watch this short video about using the Library Collection  (1:48)
Practise searching the Library Collection with our Interactive Tutorial  (15 min.)

Key databases

  Planning Databases

Want to Know More?

Read: How to Save Time Searching Databases (PDF)

For a complete list of planning databases that the library subscribes to, click on the databases tab located at the top of the library catalogue. 


Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than the whole internet. By accessing Google Scholar from within the library website, you will be able to link directly to articles that the library has access to by clicking on the Full-text at UniSA link.

Want to know more?

Visit the library's Searching for your Literature Review Guide for videos and tips.
Practise using Google Scholar with our Interactive Tutorial (10 min.)

Planning journals in Browzine

Libkey Nomad

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LibKey Nomad™ is a Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, Brave and Vivaldi browser extension that makes it easy to access journal articles anywhere on the internet.

With the Nomad extension activated in Chrome you can access direct links to relevant articles and PDFs on websites such as PubMed, publisher websites, and Wikipedia, with the following icon:undefined

For instructions on how to set up LibKey Nomad™, visit the Library Home Page > Latest News > LibKey Nomad

Find more Information

    Find Planning Information

The South Australian Government's PlanSA contains legislation, development plans, building policy and more.

    Find Standards

"Standards are documents setting out specifications, procedures and guidelines. They are designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistent." (Standards Australia).

Techstreet provides full-text access to all current Australian Standards, Joint ISO/Australian Standards, Joint NZ/Australian Standards, current Draft Australian Standards, amendments to Australian Standards and most Standards Australia handbooks.

For more information, please see the Standards page on the Patents and Standards Guide.

    Find Australian Building Codes

The National Construction Code (NCC) comprises the Building Code of Australia (BCA) volumes 1 and 2 and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) as volume 3.

                                 Image of NCC Interactive House

The NCC sets the minimum requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings throughout Australia. It is developed to incorporate all on-site building and plumbing requirements into a single code.

BCA + Standards includes the entirety of the NCC in addition to 150 referenced Australian standards.

Select appropriate references

While you are finding references, you need to think about whether they are appropriate to use in your assignment.  You may be asked to use scholarly or peer-reviewed material to support your arguments. 

You should evaluate all resources  before including them in your assignment - even if you found them through the Library Collection or Databases.