Tips and tricks for the new look Quick Find


Quick Find is a search tool which allows you to search across the QUT Library catalogue and a range of databases. It finds resources which are seamlessly accessible to you as a QUT student or staff member. quickfindReturning students may notice that Quick Find has a new look. Here’s what’s new with QUT’s Quick Find as well as some tips and tricks for how to use it.

What’s new?

  • Your selected search filters now stick when you change your search terms.
  • You can now filter results by study area, making it easier to find the most relevant resources.
  • Quick Find now suggests related topics.

Tips and tricks

Use the advanced search to create more detailed or specific searches. The advanced search is great if you already know some of the details of the resource you’re looking for, such as the author’s name or the publication date.

citeYou can save resources by clicking on the folder icon in the top right of each record. You can then access these resources in the saved items folder which can be found to the right of the search box and export or email them to yourself. This is a really handy way to keep track of useful resources.

Generate citations by clicking on ‘Cite’ in the preview pane, then selecting your referencing style of choice. This is a quick way of gathering all the information required for your reference list, but always make sure to double check the citation using CiteWrite to ensure it is correct.


Do you read the book or see the movie first?

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

The release of the film adaptation of John Green’s super popular The Fault in Our Stars has reignited the always controversial debate – is it better to read the book or see the film first? We have a bunch of books and their film adaptations at the Library, so which ever way round you do it why not read the book and see the movie during the mid-year holiday? We have something to suit most tastes.

Carrie book / movie
Carrie, a shy high school girl uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who bully her. A horror classic.

Trainspotting book / movie
Follows the antics of group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh – sometimes funny, frequently horrifying. 

The Virgin Suicides book / movie
The dreamy and haunting tale of the enigmatic Lisbon sisters. The five girls fascinate their community, especially a group of adolescent boys who attempt to piece together their story.

The Hunger Games book / movie
In a dystopian North America, children are forced to participate in an annual televised death match known as The Hunger Games. Great for dystopian YA aficionados.  

The Silence of the Lambs book / movie
FBI trainee Clarice Starling seeks the help of brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter to track down and apprehend another serial killer known as Buffalo Bill.

Fight Club book / movie
An unnamed insomniac protagonist meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and starts an underground fighting club. Great for when you’re feeling disaffected. 

Atonement book / movie
Explores the consequences of a young upper-class girl’s half-innocent but ultimately life ruining mistake. Great if you feel like having a bit of a cry.

So what do you think? Let us know your preference in the comments.

What’s a sanction and how do I deal with it?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) By Sir John Tenniel (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

You thought everything this semester was done and dusted – but wait, what is that you see in your email inbox? A sanction! In all the rush to meet deadlines you may have forgotten to return some items to the Library. We’d like to make sure everything is available and ready for interested users.

So, what is a sanction?

  • When a Library item becomes 28 days overdue an academic sanction will be applied to your student record.
  • Sanctions prevent you from receiving examination results, graduating and obtaining academic transcripts.

What should I do?

  • To remove the sanction you need to either return the item or pay a replacement cost.
  • Replacement costs can be paid online by credit card via QUTPay, or in person at any QUT Branch Library, excluding the Law Library.

QUT Library is committed to ensuring equitable access to resources and we ask that you return or renew your items by their due date. You can renew them yourself by logging on to your My Library Profile on the QUT Library Website.

Full details about overdues, penalties and sanctions are available via the QUT Library website.