Consult a practical example of how to perform an advanced search.
Get to know the Library's search engine
Performing searches step by step
All the contents you need can be found in a single search box. Follow the steps below to make the most of the search engine:
Write the keywords, the title of the content or the full name of the author in the search box.
Refine the results
By default, you will receive information from the Library, the UOC's O2 Repository and the recommended reading of the courses.
On the results page, find more precise information quickly with these search tips.
Read the contents
On the results screen, click on any of the titles and a new page will open with more information about the resource.
If the book, article or journal...
is available online, you can access it directly from any of the links in the Available at section.
is both online and in paper format, choose which option you prefer and, if appropriate, request it on loan.
Find resources by area of study
On the Search the digital collection by field page you'll find databases, journal platforms and other types of resources sorted by subject area (use the Filter by study area option).
Choose any of these options from the search engine's drop-down menu:
- All: all the contents available in the UOC Library, the O2 Repository and the recommended reading of the courses.
- Recommended reading: just the resources recommended by the University's teaching staff for further information on the courses.
- Learning resources: search among the materials prepared by the UOC and used in the classrooms.
- The O2 repository: consult contents prepared by the UOC community and available with open access. This may be, for example, final projects or scientific articles.
- Catalan University Union Catalogue: broaden your search with the contents available in other Catalan university libraries. You can request books on loan or digital articles.
Using the button Extend the search beyond the UOC you will be shown books from other institutions which you can request on inter-library loan and digital articles which you can request from the Library.
The filters will help you hone your searches. The main filters are:
- Availability: choose the type of document which interests you according to the format (online or physical copy), whether it is open access or the quality (whether it is peer-reviewed).
- Type of resource: choose the type of documents, books, articles, theses or videos.
- Journal title: thanks to this filter you will see the articles from the publications which have the term searched for in the title.
- UOC collection: Special series of content grouped by the UOC.
- Subject: get results for a specific discipline.
To further finetune the results, you can select other filters such as the date or language.
The Advanced Search tool is integrated into the search box. The button only appears on the results page after you have performed an initial search on the Library website.
As the first step, start a session in the search engine with your campus username and password to see all its features.
Here are some tips to improve your searches:
- The asterisk (*) is a wildcard. If you use it next to the root of a word, you will recover results that include all its variations.
Entering cultur* will retrieve content with the terms culture, cultural and culturally.
If you enter subject: librar*, you will recover all the documents that contain library, libraries or librarians as subjects.
- If you add * or a question mark (?), you will replace a single letter of the word.
Entering wom?n will retrieve content for women in plural and woman in singular.
- The operators AND, NO and OR allow you to combine search terms.
If you search for college OR university, you will retrieve information that contains one or both terms.
- Adding quotation marks (" ") at the beginning and end of a phrase retrieves results for exactly those words.
If you search for "borderline personality disorder", you will see only documents that contain this exact phrase.
If you enter “history teaching” in the search box, you will obtain results such as Teaching History.
The operators AND, OR and NOT (they must be written in capital letters) help you refine your results in the Library resources search engine. You can use these operators to combine the search terms and establish relationships between them.
How can I use them? How can I refine my results even more? Combine the Boolean operators as often as you want to create personalized search formulas.
As in mathematics, you can use brackets to define the order in which the terms must be interpreted: the search engine reads first the words in brackets. For example, if you write your search as (children OR adolescents) AND learning, the search engine will first interpret that you only want information about children or adolescents and will then relate these results with learning.
Furthermore, if you want to search for results that contain a specific phrase, you can use inverted commas. For example: If you write "Olympic games", you will get results with the words "Olympic Games" in that order and together.
On the information page of each resource, you will find additional options such as:
- Mendeley: save the bibliographic citation using this bibliographic management tool.
- RIS: save the bibliographic reference as a .ris file.
- Print: send the bibliographic record to your printer.
- Email: send the bibliographic record (not the full-text content) to an email address.
- Citation: you can find the bibliographic reference in different citation formats.
- Permanent link: a URL for the content which you can share and use at any time.
- The document is not available? We'll find it for you: If you need an article, a book chapter or conference proceedings but can't find it in the Library search engine, request it, and we will try to find it in other centres and send it to you in digital format.
In your personal account, consult information on your loan reservations and cancel or renew the books you have requested. You can also consult other requests and edit your personal details.
When you find an interesting book or article on the search engine's list of results, click on the pin icon to save it in your favourites and read it later. You can see the titles saved in My favourites. You can also save your searches and consult your reading history if you want to recover a document that you found in the past.
Select All UOC sources in the drop-down menu of the search engine and select the filters Availability - Online and Resource Type - Books.
Select All UOC sources in the drop-down menu of the search engine and select the filters Availability - Online and Resource Type - Articles.
Select All UOC sources in the drop-down menu of the search engine and select the filters Resource - Type, Journals and/or Journal Titles to find a specific publication. Consult all the Library's journals.
Find recommended reading
Select UOC Recommended reading in the drop-down menu of the search engine and enter the course name.
Find learning resources
Select UOC learning resources in the drop-down menu of the search engine and enter the course name.
Basic searches: the starting point
In this practical session, you'll learn the basic options of the search engine and see examples of how to find real content in different formats (books, articles...). You'll also learn how to use filters to narrow down your results, and we'll show you some tricks to find information faster.
Advanced searches: finding information like a pro
The second part of the series is designed for you to go a little further and find specialized information using the search engine, and to learn about the additional options it offers. You'll find it particularly useful for your final project, doctoral thesis or research.