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- Help: Search Tips
The SLUB catalogue was developed on the basis of modern search engine technology (discovery system).
In a common data space, the SLUB catalogue lists a total of about 60 million items such as books, photos, newspapers, journals, maps and sheet music. It also lists and provides access to databases and full text collections, which you can use digitally or physically.
In addition to the printed holdings (print materials), a lot of online record data from almost 5,000 collections are also included in the SLUB catalogue.
The collections are also indexed in the scientific database information system DBIS.
Special holdings such as handwritten materials can be found in special reference systems.
The universal starting point of a search is the SLUB catalogue.
Contents of the catalogue:
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If you know that a publication exists, research it by entering specific information about the work in the search field >All fields e.g. title <space> author <space> publisher.
Numbers such as ISBN or ISSN are also taken into account.
In addition to a targeted title search, it is also possible to search thematically. Enter terms that best describe your search criteria. The more specific the search terms are, the more accurate the results will be.
You can search in more detail by limiting your query to specific search fields from the outset with the help of the selection menu ">All fields".
This is particularly useful if you already know which book or material you are looking for. Select the appropriate field (e.g. title) and then enter your search term.
What do the abbreviations used in the selection menu mean?
- ISBN: International Standard Book Number Definition
- ISSN: International Standard Serial Number Definition
- ISMN: International Standard Music Number Definition
- RVK: Regensburg Library Classification Scheme (Regensburger Verbundklassifikation)
- The classification system at the SLUB
- is used for indexing and researching the contents of literature.
You can also narrow down your search from the outset by using the autocomplete suggestions. Autocomplete suggestions are displayed in a list below the search field as soon as the first character is entered. These suggestions are things like the titles of materials or author names (authors, publishers, etc.).
Autocomplete is particularly useful if you know that a certain title exists or that publications by certain persons are available at the SLUB.
Select a suggestion with the mouse or the arrow keys and trigger the search with a mouse click or the Enter key.
Search for groups of words (phrases) in the selection menu ">All fields" or ">Title" by using inverted commas.
A search term entered with a truncation character (asterisk) is interpreted as the beginning of a word. All words beginning with this character string are then also listed.
Search term: biolog* also finds:
Biologe, biolog., biology, biologische, biologischer, biologisches, ...
Entering the shelfmark base GN 9999 B671* also finds:
GN 9999 B671 K96.2015, GN 9999 B671 I17.2010, ...
A search can be optimised by not searching for each term individually, but by combining them into a search query with the help of Boolean operators. The Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT are commonly used in library catalogues and databases to narrow or broaden a search.
AND - searches for documents in which both search terms are present. When AND is used, the results list is reduced:
OR - searches for documents in which one or both of the search terms occur. When using OR, the list of results is increased:
NOT - searches for documents that contain the first search term but do not contain the second term.
NOT is also used to specifically exclude certain search terms: