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Searching databases

In the COBIB.SI union bibliographic/catalogue database, local databases in libraries, and in other databases, one of the following search modes can be used:

  1. Basic search
  2. Advanced search
  3. Expert search

Tips

  • Additional explanations on the search modes in different databases (search prefixes and suffixes, examples of searching and any special features) are included in the database descriptions (after you select the database, click the Info tab).
  • To change the database you search in, click the Databases
  • tab.
  • To change the department of the selected library you search in, click the Department link, right of the library name above the navigation bar

Note: Basic search is only enabled in the COBIB.SI union bibliographic/catalogue database and the local databases of libraries.

The different search modes with examples are described in the chapter Search techniques.

Basic search

Enter search term(s) into the search window. Start the search by pressing the Enter key, or by clicking the Find button.

Search terms are truncated with an asterisk (*). The search will retrieve every record containing the words from the search term.

A search can be limited to physical material, electronic resources or performed works. Select the type of record from the drop-down list (left above the search window).

You can search by words (e.g. animated*) or by phrases, written in quotation marks (e.g. "animated film" ).

The search results are sorted by relevance. The most relevant results are at the top of the list.

Example

Enter the following into the search window: rowling harry potter english and select the type of material from the drop-down list (e.g. books).

More information on basic search mode can be found in the chapter Details on basic search.

Advanced search

Enter search term(s) into the search windows. In the left column, select the categories you wish to use to limit your search, and in the right column, select logical operators to combine terms.

The default search mode is word search, but you can also use phrase search in individual search windows by using quotation marks.

When searching by categories using coded data (e.g. country or region of publication, UDC access, typology of documents/works) the search is performed by code or by resolving the code from the code list (depending on what you entered as the search term). To truncate words, use an asterisk "*" (e.g. slov* ). If several codes from the code list correspond to the search term, select the ones you wish to include in your search.

When searching by known UDC numbers that contains special characters (e.g. ( ) / : = ), the code must be entered using quotation marks, e.g. "314.151.3(=163.6)". If you are not familiar with the exact UDC number, try searching by resolving the number – enter the beginning of the code (e.g. 314*) or resolving it (e.g. izseljenci*). You can use the asterisk for truncation. From the code list select the ones that should be used for the search.

When creating queries, you can use the expand function ( at the end of every search row on the right). Use this function when you wish to check if the phrase has been spelled correctly, or when you need help with entering coded or numeric data from the code list (e.g. code "spa" for Spanish).

To view search terms, enter the beginning of the search term into the search window (e.g. beginning letters of the author's name, book title, coded information, etc.), then select the category from the drop-down list on the right and click the button (expand).

To view all search terms in a category, leave the search window blank, select the category and click the button (expand). Select the term from the list, which will then automatically be copied to the search window.

Search terms can also be combined with the use of logical operators AND, OR, and AND NOT.

Operator The search results are
ANDrecords that contain both or all terms linked with the operator AND
ORrecords that contain at least one of the search terms
AND NOTrecords that contain the first search term, but not the one following the operator AND NOT

Example

Title: vino*
(OR)Title: trt*
(AND)Publication year: 199*
(AND)Source language: slv
(AND NOT)Keywords: "bela krajina"
(AND)Type of material: books

(The search retrieves records for monographs in the Slovene language, published in 1990 or later, with words starting with vino or trt in the title, and whose title does not contain the phrase Bela krajina, e.g. the book entitled Zbornik Društva vinogradnikov in prijateljev vina Ljutomer published in 1997.)

More information on advanced search mode can be found in the chapter Details on advanced search.

Expert search

In the search window, enter a search string composed of prefixes and suffixes, search terms and logical and proximity operators.

The list of prefixes and suffixes is available under the List of prefixes and suffixes link below the search window.

When creating queries, you can use the Expand function ( at the end of every search row on the right). Use this function when you wish to check if the phrase has been spelled correctly, or when you need help with entering coded or numeric data from the code list (e.g. code "spa" for Spanish).

To view search terms, enter the prefix, the equals sign or the beginning of the search term (e.g. beginning letters of the author's name, book title, coded information, etc.) and click the button (expand).

To view all search terms in a category, leave the search window blank, select the category and click the button (expand). Select the term from the list, which will then automatically be copied to the search window.

If there is more than one search prefix in the query, expand will only be used for the first prefix. When the selected form is copied from the list of search terms, it is added after the first search prefix, and all other previously entered prefixes and search terms are deleted.

Select the term from the list, which will then automatically be copied to the search window.

More information on advanced search mode can be found in the chapter Details on expert search.

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