Advanced search

In this tutorial, you can learn to search more specifically by author, title and year.


Code search

The search is done by entering a code immediately preceding your search word. It is important to do exactly as described.


1. SEARCH BY AUTHOR (dc. creator) 
When you search by author, you can write the search code dc creator and parts of the author's name. If you are certain of the spelling of an author's name, you can put it inside quotation marks. The search ignores hyphens.

  • dc.creator=skou
    searches for authors with the name Skou.
     
  • dc.creator=tage hansen
    searches for authors with the names Tage and Hansen, which means that author Tage Skou-Hansen also will appear in the search results
     
  • dc.creator= skou hansen 
    searches for authors with the name Skou Hansen, but also Skou-Hansen, as the hyphen is ignored.
     
  • dc.creator=”tage skou hansen” 
    searches only for the author Tage Skou Hansen and Tage Skou-Hansen.

Had you searched for dc. creator “tage Hansen”, you would not have found Tage Skou-Hansen.
 

2. SEARCHING BY TITLE (dc.title) 
When searching by title, you can write dc.title and one of the words from the title. Choose the most unusual words in the title. If you are certain of the exact title, you can also search by title by placing the title inside quotation marks, as shown here:

  • dc.title=chronic 
    searches for titles where the word "chronic" appears in a random place.
     
  • dc.title="chronic innocence" 
    searches for titles where the words "chronic" and "innocence" are in that exact order.

 

3. SEARCHING BY MATERIAL TYPE - [dc.type]
You can choose to limit your search to the type of material you are looking for, such as a book, CD or article, as shown here:


 
  • dc.type=article
    searches for all articles.
     

Other relevant material types are: books, audiobooks, online documents (here you will find e-books among other things), audio cassettes, CDs, DVDs, Blueray, mp3s, games, wii and Xbox.


 

4. SEARCHING BY YEAR - [dc.date]
If you only want to find materials from a certain year, you can write dc.date and the requested year in the search field:

You can restrict your search by year and type of material in this way:

  • dc.date=2011
    searches for all materials published in 2011.
     
  • dc.date=2011 + dc.type=cd
    searches for all CDs published in 2011.
     
  • dc.date=2011 + dc.type=bog–
    searches for all books published in 2011.


 

5. SEARCHING BY SUBJECT - [dc.subject]
When searching by subject, be aware that the libraries use recognized subject words and that it can be difficult to guess what these words are.
If you write more than one word, you have to place the subject words in quotation marks. It is also possible to shorten the subject word with an asterisk (*), for example dc.subject=indian*. This yields all subjects starting with Indian, for example, Indians, Indian tribes, Indian stories and myths etc. 

 

  • dc.subject=dogs
    searches for materials with the subject word "dogs".
     
  • dc.subject=”magical realism”
    searches for materials with the subject word "magical realism".   



6. COMBINED SEARCHING -[+]
It is possible to use the plus sign or the tab key for combination searches.Try for example combining searches by material type with searches by language and subject. The two examples below give the same results:

  

  • dc.type=book + dc.language=danish + dc.subject=dogs
    searches for books in Danish on the subject of dogs.
     

7. USE "NOT" IN YOUR SEARCH
If you are looking for literature by authors with the surname "Larsson", but do not want Stieg Larsson's books to be part of the search, you can remove them by writing not in front of the name "Stieg":

  • larsson not stieg not carl not björn 
    searches for materials, where the author's surname is Larsson, but not with the first name of either Stieg, Carl or Björn.
  • dc.subject=eu not economy
    searches books on the EU, without the subject of economy.
  • dc.subject=eu not law not economy 
    searches books on the EU, which do not have law or economy as subjects. 

8. USING "OR" IN YOUR SEARCH 
If you want a broad search, or if there are two words that cover more or less the same subject, you can search using or. This is best suited to individual searches by word:

  • terror or fundamentalism or nationalism
    searches in materials that either have all three subject words or just one of them. 

 

 9. COMBINE "OR" AND "NOT"

If you wish to find materials on certain subjects, but at the same time want to exclude certain subjects from your search, it is possible to combine or and not. Please be aware that everything you write following not will be excluded.

  • fundamentalisme or nationalisme not terror
    searches for materials, which have the subject words "fundamentalism" and "nationalism" (or just one of them), but does not include the subject word "terror."

 

10. SEARCHING DIRECTLY IN THE SEARCH FIELD
By searching on a name or a word combined with a type of material, it is possible to make a quick filtering of the search results: 


Search for books, audiobooks, online documents, audio cassettes, CDs, DVDs, Blueray, mp3s, games, wii and Xbox.

 

11. SEARCH USING THE BEGINNING OF A WORD
It is possible to search using the beginning of a word followed by an asterisk (*):

A search for dogs* yields results starting with dogs, i.e. both dogs, the dogs, dog races etc.
 

12. SEARCH FOR TITLES, SENTENCES OR PARTS OF SENTENCES

If you wish to search for a certain combination of words, it is possible to use quotation marks (") at both sides of the sentence:

 

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