How to find resources to support your teaching and research

With a virtual library service now operating, the following options can be used to find online versions or alternatives to print resources to support your teaching and research.

Searching for online books, journal articles, case studies, and monographs?

Search our collections to see if the library has an online version.

  • A search in Discovery – the library’s most comprehensive search option – is a great starting point.
  • If you prefer to search in other ways (like Google Scholar), you can do that too if you have setup search tools such as ‘Find it@Unimelb’ links and ‘Lean Library’. These search tools will connect your search results to resources you have access to through the library.
  • See troubleshooting for online access problems.

Searching for online videos?

The library has subscriptions to streaming video services, Kanopy and EduTV. Content in these services can be viewed remotely and embedded in Canvas LMS for students.

Kanopy contains a broad range of streamed video, including lots of independent films.

EduTV has 50,000+ broadcast programs from free-to-air and pay TV channels in Australia.

Two ways you can access content:

  1. If you have a specific title in mind, search for it in the Library catalogue and follow the link through to the streaming video.
  2. Search for either ‘Kanopy’ or ‘EduTV’ in the Library catalogue, and click through to browse for content within the service.

Other video databases are also available which focus on news, performances, short films, children’s stories, and a range of other educational content.

Searching for online audio music and spoken word?

The library has subscriptions to streaming audio services, including Subsonic (our inhouse audio service), Naxos Music Library and Music Online (from Alexander Street Press).

Other databases are available offering streaming audio services.

Searching for etextbooks to make available to students for purchase?

Etextbooks are textbooks and readings that are accessible in digital formats. The library has subscriptions to two platforms that allow etextbooks to be made available for student purchase through Canvas LMS: VitalSource and Perusall. Find out more.

What if material you have searched for is not available online?

The library has several options to help.

  1. If the University doesn’t have the material you need electronically, You can ask a librarian to investigate options, including:
    • Requesting material from another library on your behalf
    • Ordering an electronic copy from the publishers for the library collection, or negotiating with publishers to make an online copy temporarily available to you
    • Providing a digital copy of a portion of the print resource, for example specific chapters (subject to copyright)
    • Mailing the item you need (please include your preferred postal address).
  2. If the resource you’re looking for is from the University of Melbourne Archives or  part of a special collection, you can ask Archives and Special Collections to investigate access options for you. If you have already made a request via the Archives or Reading Room emails, you do not need to make another one here.
  3. Also, as an academic or student, you may want to use online collaborative tools like Mendeley, ResearchGate or Academia to connect to authors to see if they will share material with you.