GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please don't use your browsers' buttons to navigate unless you are instructed to do so.
    This may confuse the program.
    Instead you must use the buttons/links provided by the program.
  • At the top of each page you will find buttons for the various functions of the program.
  • At the bottom of each page you will will find text links for exactly the same functions.

 

HELP ABOUT WWW-Z39.50 SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL


How to make a search Other Information

HOW TO MAKE A SEARCH

 

Select Database

First of all you must select the database you wish to search. A database contains a great number of records, each of which describes one item. The item might be a book, a series of journals, a CD-ROM or whatever the library has catalogued.

 

Search Query

The query is composed of the following fields:
  1. The index

    Depending on what you are looking for, you have a choice of restricting your search to specific areas of the records.

    A typical example may include these areas:

    • Anywhere
      Every searchable part of a record. Usefull when making a first query.
    • Title
      Title of the item.
    • Title-series
      Same as the above but the item, is actually a series of relevant items, for example the volumes of a specific journal
    • Author
    • Publisher
    • Subject
      When an item is catalogued, it is usually associated with one or a number of subjects. In this way, it is easy for you, to search for other items with the same subject.
    • Identifier-ISBN
      A unique universal code that is assigned to an item.
    • Identifier-ISSN
      Same as the above but for journals.
    • Date of publication
    • Language

    The variety and availability of indexes depend on the ocnfiguration of the database you selected.

  2. Terms to look for

    The word(s) or phrase(s) which you want to find matches for. Click on the search term fields and enter them.

    • Terms may be entered in upper or lower case.
    • You should omit the punctuation marks .
    • You can search for Greek terms by toggling the keyboard into the Greek mode.
    • You can use a * at the right of a string to match every word starting with this string. For example comput* matches computer, computing, computational etc. When using this feature, you should avoid extremely general queries. For example com* will probably fail.

  3. The boolean logic of the query

    To further refine your query you can structure it by using logic operators. Every such operator joins two search terms together. The choices here are: And, Or, And Not.

    • And
      retrieves records which contain ALL the terms joined by And.
    • And Not
      retrieves records which contain the first terms but which do NOT include the term following the And Not.
    • Or
      retrieves records which contain either of the terms joined by Or.

 

Search Results

The records that match your query are first presented with only a brief description. They are divided in screens depending on what you selected as Number of records to display in the result set list when making your query. The previous/next screen is shown by using the appropriate buttons/links. Notice that each description is actually a link to the page that presents the relevant record in detail.

 

Display Formats

When you click on the description of a record (see above) you go to the page that displays the record in detail ( Full Format ). Actually you can display each record in either of the following formats by selecting the appropriate button/link:
  • Full Format
    The contents of the record are processed by the program and displayed in a structured manner. This is usually the most convenient way to view a record.
  • MARC Format
    Also called Raw Format. In this case you view the record as it is. MARC format applies to more advanced research.

 

Export Selected Records

In the detailed record display, there is an option to save a record in a list. This list can be used to collect records during your search session and export them or use them to send requests to the library.
  • Export List
    To access the export list use the appropriate button/link. If there are records in the export list, you have the option to select the records, the export method and the export format.
    • The available methods are:
      • Print
        The records are displayed in a blank page to preview them and you can use your browser's Print button to print them.
      • Save
        The records are saved on your hard disk.
      • Email
        You have to specify a valid email address and the records are posted when you click the export button.
    • The available formats are:
      • Full
        The full contents of the record are processed and displayed in a structured manner.
      • Brief
        Some of the contents of the record are processed and displayed in a structured manner.
      • MARC
        The record is displayed without special processing.
      • Iso 2709
        This format is only useful if you want to import the exported records into a bibliographic system.
        Use the Save method for the export.
  • Request List

    You can use the export list to send a request to the library. You can order a book, request some copies of an article etc. using a record or a list of records adding your personal notes and comments. You have to specify your full name and email address for the library staff in case they need to contact you.

    There is an option to send a request using a single record from the full record display page.

  • Clear List
    You can delete the selected records from the export list.


 

Search History

As long as you use the program, a track of your search queries is kept. This offers you the option to repeat/modify your past queries or see their results again.


OTHER INFOMATION

 

WWW-Z39.50 Gateway Information

  • This program is supported by EliDOC and
    is based on the EUROPAGATE Web to Z39.50 Gateway software.
  • The underlaying software, YAZ and IrTcl are products of Index Data.

 

Record Format

The local databases support the UNIMARC format.


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