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Help on on-line catalogue HEIDI: Search



Choice of branch library

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Within HEIDI you can select your choice of branch library. You will see what items here can be 1) borrowed, 2) ordered, for borrowing or viewing, or 3) can only be used at one location.

Your chosen branch library is shown in the menu bar and can be changed at any time.


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Simple search

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“Simple search” consists of a single entry field, similar to those used in Internet search engines. All terms entered will be searched simultaneously. The following search fields are included in the search:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Keyword
  • Publication year
  • ISBN
  • Corperate body

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Advanced search

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“Advanced search” consists of three entry fields, that allow a combination of different search terms. The fields can be changed via pull-down-menus. The “search hints” offered for the various search terms will change accordingly.

When linking the search fields you can choose between the operators “and”, “or” und “not”.

“Simple search” and “Advanced search” both use the same pool of data.

Options and search functions

Index

Many search categories in “Advanced search” are indexed, so you can browse before importing the correct term into your search.


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Options

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With “Options” you can limit a search to the collection of just one institute or seminar. The default setting searches across the combined collection of the entire Heidelberg library system.

If you delete the tick in the “Complete” box, you can deactivate the suggested search. You can also alter the number of hits shown with the “Display” option.

Suggested search

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During the entry of a search term, suggestions for completing the term will be shown, taken from the relevant index. You can browse this list of suggestions using the up and down arrows on the keyboard. Typing “Enter” imports the selected term into the search field.

“Suggested search” can be deactivated via “Complete” in the choice of “Options” (see above).

Boolean operators

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If more than one search term is entered into a search field, they will automatically be combined with the Boolean operator AND. Other Boolean operators can be added: OR or NOT.

  • OR
    This will find titles in which either the one term, or the other term, or both terms, occur. This allows the simultaneous search for synonymous terms, or a search for terms in different languages.
    Example: nachtigall OR rossignol
  • NOT
    This will find titles in which only the first term occurs, and not the second. This limits the scope of the search.
    Example: Heidelberg NOT Romantik
  • AND
    This will find titles where both search terms occur. The result is the intersection of both terms and the scope of the search is limited. The AND-operator is a standard default setting in HEIDI and does not need to be entered.
    Example: goethe schiller

The three search fields in “Advanced search” are also pre-linked with the AND operator. Using the pull-down-menus this can changed to OR or NOT.

Truncation

Truncation allows various forms of a search term to be considered. This is achieved by using a wild-card to represent a variety of letter combinations. This wild-card is represented by a star symbol “*”. Truncation can be used after the third character.

Example: attract* will retrieve “attractive”, “attracts”, “attracted”, etc.

Phrase search

To avoid retrieving too many hits, you can enter a so-called phrase search in “All fields”. If you mark your search term with inverted commas it will search for the exact word sequence.

You can also select an appropriate search category such as ”Initial title element”, “One-word titles”, “Journal title” etc.

Search Instructions

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