SRA eLibrary Help For Users

The SRA eLibrary captures, distributes and preserves digital research products. Here you can find articles, working papers, preprints, technical reports, conference papers and data sets in various digital formats. Content grows daily as new publications are added to the repository.

Communities & Collections






Persistent URL's


Communities & Collections


Information in the eLibrary is organised into a hierarchical folder structure of Communities Collections which correspond to our major research outcomes. Each collection may contain an unlimited number of documents or items.

To return to higher levels, you can click the 'breadcrumb ' links near the top of the page:

Browsing content


The browse menu in the left-hand column allows you to go through a list of items in some specified order. Either within the current Collection or the whole of the eLibrary by selecting the appropriate link:

Browse by Community/Collection takes you through the communities in alphabetical order and allows you to see the collections within each community.

Browse by Date allows you to move through a list of all items in the repository in reverse chronological order.

Browse by Author allows you to move through an alphabetical list of all authors of items in the eLibrary. Either by typing part of an author's name and clicking 'Go' or selecting the initial letter shortcut.

To the left of the authors name is the number of documents they are listed as a contributing author. Clicking on their name lists those documents:

Browse by Title or Subject works in a similar way:



Searching in the eLibrary can be a simple as typing a word into the search box at the top right of the screen or the bottom of the home page and clicking 'Go':

The word(s) you enter in the search box will be searched against all metadata fields (title, author, subject, abstract etc). As well as the full-text of all submitted documents (Word documents, PDF's, PowerPoint etc). A short snippet of the metadata or document content will be displayed highlighting the found search term in yellow.

To limit your search to a specific Community or Collection, first navigate to that Community or Collection and the search box gains an extra option to limit you search to 'This Collection':

Alternatively you can use the Advance search, described below, to select a Community from a drop-down list.

Search Terms


Searching in the eLibrary is very similar to the methods used by search engines, such as Google. The word(s) you enter in the search box will be searched against the title, author, abstract and subject fields of each item's record. If the repository contains the corresponding full-text document, the text you entered will also be searched within the full text of all archived documents.

Case insensitive – Searches are not case sensitive. Searches for "Dog" or "dog" will retrieve the same results

Phrases – To search using multiple words or phrases, put quotation marks (") around the phrase (eg "Leaf scald")

Exact words – Put a plus (+) sign before a word if it MUST appear in the search result. For instance, in the following search the word "irrigation" is optional, but the word "trickle" must be in the result.

Eliminate items with unwanted words – Put a minus (-) sign before a word if it should not appear in the search results. Alternatively, you can use NOT. This can limit your search to eliminate unwanted hits. For instance, in the search

you will find items containing the word "irrigation", except those that also contain the word "trickle".

Stemming – the eLibrary automatically stems words to their root form and expands words with common endings to include plurals, past tenses ...etc. to broaden results. You can use an asterisk (*) after part of a word to include words starting with those letters (eg irrig* will retrieve irrigation, irrigating, irrigate and irrigates etc)

Boolean searching – Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) can be used to combine terms, but must be CAPITALISED. Brackets () can be used to group terms, e.g. (dog OR cat) AND (training)

AND – to limit searches to find items containing all words or phrases combined with this operator, e.g.

will retrieve all items that contain BOTH the words "canegrubs" and "metarhizium".

OR – to enlarge searches to find items containing any of the words or phrases surrounding this operator, e.g.

will retrieve all items that contain EITHER the words "canegrubs" or "soldier fly".

NOT – to exclude items containing the word following this operator, e.g.

will retrieve all items that contain the word "irrigation" EXCEPT those also containing the word "trickle".

Parentheses can be used in the search query to group search terms into sets, and operators can then be applied to the whole set, e.g.

What is not searched - Stop Words The search engine ignores certain words that occur frequently in English, but do not add value to the search. These are:

"a", "and" , "are" , "as" , "at" , "be" , "but" , "by" , "for" , "if" , "in" , "into", "is" ,"it" ,"no" , "not" , "of" , "on" , "or" , "such", "the" , "to" , "was"

Advance search


The advanced search page allows you to specify the fields you wish to search, and to combine these searches with the Boolean like operators (CONTAINS, NOT EQUAL etc.).

You can optionally select a Community to search from a drop-down list at the top of the page and enter a search term and click the GO button.

Click the 'Show advanced filters' to allow you to further refine the results by selecting other metadata fields such as Author. The +/- icons to the right of this field allow you to add further filters:

Note: You must use the input boxes in order. If you leave the first one blank your search will not work.

The cog icon allows you to control how the results of the search should be displayed.



Clicking on the title of an item displayed in a Collection (or listed in a search result) shows a short abstract of that item.

Clicking the 'Show full item record' expands this to show other details, such as the keywords:

Each item can have an unlimited number of files associated with it. An example may be a PDF report with a PowerPoint presentation of its content.

Clicking the 'View/Open' link or double-clicking the items thumbnail will open a read-only version of the document.

Persistent URL's


When an item is submitted to the eLibrary a persistent URL to that item is created that you can use to reliably refer back to that item. For example These persistent URL's are created using software from the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), and are globally unique.

For Further Assistance


If you need assistance with the eLibrary, please contact or 07 3331 3339.