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The library catalogue contains title data of books, journals and all other media. Also titles which are ordered, but not yet available in the library, are included.

The library catalogue is available in a version for smartphones, tablet PCs etc. with the same functionalities as in the catalogue with “classical” user interface.

Picture: Smartphone-icon With the smartphone-icon in the navigation bar of the library catalogue you can search the catalogue, place a reservation and have access to your user account.

The Catalogue of Journals (Zeitschriftensuche) enables access to the titles of printed and electronic journals. A complete list of the electronic titles can only be found in the "Elektronischen Zeitschriftenbibliothek".

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User account

Information about address, loans, loan reservations, fees and interlibrary loans can be found in the user account. Here you can change your password or profile and can inform us about a change of your address.

For accessing the user account you have to log in with your library card number (GHSS97001457, GHSA ..., UBSI ...) and password, which you receive / have received at the loan desk.

Please change your password at first use, we recommend a password with at least 8 characters, maximum 20 characters are allowed. It should contain characters from 3 out of the following 4 groups:

    Small letters: a, b, c, ...
    Capital letters: A, B, C, ...
    Numbers: 1, 2, 3, ...
    Special characters: + , . - ! $ & / ( ) = ? * ; : _ @

The following characters should not be used because they can cause problems when logging in:

    Mutated vowels ä, Ä, ö, Ö, ü, Ü
    ß (Eszett / Scharfes S)
    Special characters: ^ # < > { } [ ] % ' \ ~ | § ° €

If you have forgotten the password to your account, you can get a new one at every loan desk of Siegen University Library.

After a successful log in, the navigation bar changes, so that user account and the possibility to log out (important, when using the catalogue at a computer terminal in the public user area!) are accessible.

Please notice the hints for SSL-encryption and the certificate.

You may use following functions in the user account:

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Navigation bar

The navigation bar is always visible in the upper frame of the catalog. Use this exclusively for navigating the catalogue, navigation via the browser buttons can be uncertain.

Following menu items can be selected:

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For searching the catalogue there are several search criteria, partly only available in the Advanced Search.

Please mark when entering the search terms:

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Basic search

You can start a search request at the first page of the catalogue:

The basic search is available as an edit line within the result list and the item details.

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Advanced Search

The advanced search makes it possible to combine up to 3 search criteria. Only search fields, which were filled in, will be considered for the search request.

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Browse Index

With the Browse Index function you can browse alphanumerically sorted lists of a choosen index.

You may scroll forwards or backwards within the list. By clicking onto an entry, which is highlighted, you will get a result list for that entry.

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Classification search

The stock in the open-access area is shelved by subjects with an extensive structure. You can choose a special(ized) classification within the text of the classification (only in german language) and then start a search request in the catalogue with a choosen notation. This is the same as searching in the basic search with the criterion Classification notation.

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Result list

After a successful search request you will get a result list with short information to author, title, (publication) year and to the existing items. If the resulting record is available on the internet there will be a link in the column URL.

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Full title view

The records with complete title information are displayed in the full title view. This view is called from the short title list

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Item details

The item details shows bibliographic data and detailed information to location and call number. The item details are accessible from the result list and (in some cases exclusively) from the detailed title view, but only if there are items for that specific title.
If a medium is ordered but not yet available in the library, you will find in the column STATUS either

If all borrowable items of a title are on loan there will be the link RESERVE/ORDER for placing a loan reservation. If the location of an item is the closed stack and it is not on loan, the same link will result in a closed stack order for that item.
If an item, which is on loan, is shelved in a "Semesterapparat" (reserve book collection for the period of a semester), the due date is a link, where you can get further information to that "Semesterapparat".

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Search history

In the search history you can access previously made search requests. You reach the history via the link in the navigation bar.
Each search request is listed with the search request and the number of records found.

For viewing a previous search request again in the short title list, mark a search request in the list by checking the small box and click onto the link VIEW.

To delete search requests from the search history, mark one or more search requests in the list by checking the box(es) and click onto the link DELETE.

To combine search requests, mark at least two search requests by checking the boxes and click onto the link COMBINE. Choose an operator for the combination:

Click onto the button COMBINE.
The result will be presented as a new entry in the list of the search history, with VIEW the new result list will be shown.

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My List

On the list are the records, which you have put there during one session from the result list or the detailed title view. It is always accessible via the link in the navigation bar.

Further use of the titles from the list:

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Saving and sending via email

You have the choice either to save marked records of a result list or to send them to an email address.
There are four formats available:

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Loan reservations

If a medium is lent out to another user, you can place a reservation on that item via the link Reserve/Order. You can find the due date and the number of already existing loan reservations in the window item details of the desired title. You can choose the period of interest in which you are interested in the reservation in the following window. If you are informed via postal mail, when the medium is on hold for you, you will have to pay 0,70 Euro for postage. Because of this you should delete loan reservations from your user account, if you are not interested in them any more.

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Interlibrary loan

Via interlibrary loan literature for studies and research can be requested, which is not available in Siegen University Library. Ordering can be done within the library catalogue via the link "ILL" in the navigation bar. There you will get detailed information for the ordering process (german language only).

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New acquisitions

After choosing a month of the last 12 months and a location you will get the usual result list ordered by publication year and author of the new accessions.

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Closed stack items

Via the link "Reserve/Order" you can initiate an order direcly from the item view. If the medium is on loan, a loan reservation will be created instead.
With the link "Closed stack items" in the navigation bar you will get to the order formular for media, which are shelved in the closed stacks and have to be requested for the use (loan or reading room). Please notice the times, when the books will be on hold. In difference to loan reservations for media, which are on loan, you will not get informed, when the medium is on hold.

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Purchase suggestion

You can send suggestions for acquisition of books or other media with the offered form to the subject librarians. You should enter your email address and your user account number for questions and loan reservations.

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Reserve book collections

In reserve book collections the lecturers put together literature and media for their courses for the duration of one semester. To enable all students the access to this literature, items from the reserve book collection can not be borrowed. The literature can only be used within the library.
Additionally electronic materials can be accessible. Registered attendees of the course can view the complete contents within the  Lernmanagementsystem Moodle.

Site Availability

Between 3:00 and 05:30 a.m., the catalog is unavailable due to maintenance. During this time you can search our inventory on the HBZ union catalog. The functions of the user account are not available there.

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Hints und Tricks

Please notice the hints for SSL-encryption and the certificate.

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Search strategies

Which kind of search is useful?

Use of the index "Keyword anywhere":

Please notice our training course "Search strategies".

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Known restrictions and errors

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Search Plugin

The internet browsers Mozilla and Firefox offer the possibilty to install further search engines in the searchbar (besides the address line). If you choose an engine or a catalogue there, you can enter your search request without retrieving the appropriate internet site and after pressing the enter key you will get to the result set.

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We like to hear suggestions, ideas, questions, criticism, requests or praise about the catalog.
You can contact the employees in the library personally or via email to

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