Search and Find

Being able to search for and find appropriate information resources are critical skills for university study and research. Starting with the right access tool will make your task easier.

Library Search

Library Search uses Ex Libris Primo to enable users to search the Library’s online and print resources through a single search box. You may limit your initial search to just books or just journal articles. Results from that search may be refined further by choosing categories from the right hand side of the results page.

Use the Advanced Search to construct more complex queries for those times when a simple search is not enough.

Help using the Library Search is available from the Library Search Guide, or try our Library Search tips for hints and suggestions, enabling you to get the most out of Library Search. The Library staff are available to provide advice to help you get the information you need for study and research.

Subject Portals

Select your subject to find key resources, and guides for your discipline. You will also find referencing help here and contact information for your Academic Liaison Librarian.


Start here if you know which database you need. Help guides are linked from within each database. You can Search for a Database, or browse by category. If you need help identifying which database you need, or in creating an effective search strategy, contact our librarians for assistance.

High Demand (Course Reserve) Collection

Physical items in high demand for assignments or exams are put temporarily into the High Demand (Course Reserve) Collection to ensure they are more easily accessible at point of need. These items are available for use in the Library for two hours.

This collection is on Level 2 of the Student Centre - behind the Service Point near the entry. To find which items are currently in this collection, you can use Library Search, or see Using the High Demand Collection for more information.

Indexes and Bibliographies

The Library has developed several indexes and bibliographies to provide better access to some significant New Zealand content. The following works are now in our digital collections:

The following bibliographies, originally created at the University of Waikato, have been transferred to the care of the National Library and are freely available through findNZarticles

Library Publications

The following works were originally digitized by the University of Waikato Library. These are now freely available as part of the Zealand Electronic Text Collection.