Module 3 - How to find the required information

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3.2 How to enter a search query?

You can choose between the options "Quick search", "Simple search" and "Advanced search".

  • In "Quick search" you can enter one or multiple search terms in a single search box, optionally using the specific search tips.
  • Choose "Simple search" if you wish to search (gradually) with a single search field (f.e. author or title).
  • Choose "Advanced search" if you wish to search multiple search fields at the same time and in an organized way (f.e. author and title). By setting up filters you could further refine your search query (f.e. language, library, year of publication, etc.).

Some examples

Search by author in the Quick search function

  • Example: Search for all works by 'Ria Janvier'.
  • Way of working​: Type in au: and enter the author's name in the format last name, first name.

Search by title in the Simple search function

  • Example: Search for a book with the title 'Bewegingsprogramma voor kinderen met astma' [Exercise programme for children with asthma].
  • Way of working​: (1) Select title as a search key. (2) Enter the title of the required work as a search term.

Search for a title by a certain author in the Advanced search function

  • Example: Search for a book by Jan Verhaegen, entitled “Rechtseconomische analyse van de verkeersaansprakelijkheid” [Legal-economic analysis of traffic liability].
  • Way of working​: (1) Select Author - Personal Name as a search key and enter the author's name as a search term. (2) Select Title as a search key and enter the title of the required work as a search term. As a logical operator, choose AND to limit your list of results as much as possible.