How to use the library system
Type one or more words in the search field.
If you type several words, the database will return results where all of your search terms appear.
The AND operator will automatically be added between your search terms, there is no need to write it.
You can also use the OR and NOT operators.
When using OR between your search terms you will retrieve more results.
OR is used if you want your search results to contain at least 1 of your search terms, but not necessarily all of them.
E.g. a search for horse OR pony will return results that include the word horse or pony, or both.
If you write NOT in front of a search term, you exclude results which contain that term.
E.g. a search for blixen NOT farm returns results where the word blixen is contained, but excludes any which also contain the word farm.
Remember to type AND, OR, NOT in capital letters or else the database will search for the words ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘not’.
If you get too many results
If you get too many results, you can minimize the number by using the filtering options on the left-hand side of the screen.
If you click on ‘Books’ under the section, ‘Resource types’, your search will be limited to books only.
Tips and tricks
If you are unsure about a single letter in a word, use a question mark as a substitute for the letter.
E.g. a search for su?anne will return results for both susanne and suzanne, etc.
Use an * if you are uncertain about how to spell a word, or if you want your search to include different forms of a word.
E.g. a search for col*r will return results for both colour and color.
A search for child* will return results including childs, children, childhood, etc.
If you are looking for an exact phrase rather than a set of words in a random order, you can place quotation marks around your search terms.
E.g., a search for “climate change” will return results where these two words stand next to each other in this exact order.
Use brackets if you want to be sure that your search terms are interpreted in the correct order.
E.g. Shakespeare AND (sonnet OR tragedy)
In advanced search you can define what kind of word your search term is.
E.g. you can specify if you are looking for a name or a word from the title.
A search for London in the author field will return results where the word London is included in the name of the author, thereby perhaps avoiding results about the city of London.
If you change the search parameter from ‘contains’ to ‘exact phrase’, your search will only return results where the words appear in this exact order.
If you select ‘starts with’ as your search parameter, you will only obtain results where the title begins with the words you have typed.
E.g. a search for paradise will return results such as paradise lost and paradise regained, but not this side of paradise.
To view your account details you must be logged in. To find your account, click on your name in the upper-right corner of the screen and select ‘My Library Card’.
From here, you can see your loans and reservations, renew loans, pay fees, change your pincode and more.
How to save a search
You can save your search in the library system, so that if you should need to repeat your search you do not have to enter it again from the beginning.
You must be logged in to be able to save your searches.
Click on ‘Save query’ next to your search result.
You can also do as follows:
- Click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
- Choose ‘Search history’
- Add a check mark next to the search you want to save
- Click on the pin icon
Your search will be saved under the tab ‘Saved searches’.
Here you can set an alert and we will send you an email if new search results match your query.
Saving to My Favourites
You can save information about an item in ‘My Favourites'.
You must be logged in to be able to save to your 'My Favourites' list.
Once you have found an item you would like to save to your list, click on the pin icon on the right-hand side of the screen.
The information about the item can then be found under 'My Favourites'.
Searching within a specific library location’s collection
After you have performed a search, you have the option of limiting your search to items located at a specific library or in a specific collection.
Use the filtering options on the left-hand side of the screen and select either 'Libraries' or 'Physical special collections'.