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The Periodicals catalogue (Zeitschriftensuche) enables access to the titles of printed and electronic journals. A complete list of the electronic titles can only be found in the "Electronic journals library EZB".

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:

  • Basic search: Searching with one search criterion and one or more search terms
  • Advanced search: Searching with several search criteria, including publication year and flexible combination of the terms
  • Browse index: Scanning the indices (Beginning of title, ISSN, ...)
  • Catalogue search: Link to the library catalogue
  • Interlibrary loan: Registering a new interlibrary loan request within the "Digitale Bibliothek"
  • Result list: Short title list of the results of the last search request
  • Search history: Summary of the search requests of one session
  • My list: List of collected titles
  • Help: This text
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For searching the catalogue there are several search criteria, partly only available in the Advanced Search.

  • Keyword anywhere:
    Searching with words out of the fields:

    • Title (including other title information)
    • Organisation (Institutions, congresses ...)
    • Subjects (Classification - only german terms)

    Search for ecology finds all records, which contain the term ecology within the title, organisation name or the subject heading..

  • Title keyword:
    Searching with words out of the title (without other title information)
    Example: Searching for biology finds all records, which contain the word biology anywhere within the title, i.e. " European journal of cell biology" oder "Physics in medicine and biology".
  • Beginning of title:
    Searching for the beginning of titles, including leading articles (without other title information).
    Example: Searching with the times finds all records, which title begins with "The Times".
  • ISSN (International Standard Serial Number):
    Searching for the ISSN. Enter it with or without hyphens
    ISSN: 1864-1105 Results: The journal with the ISSN 1864-1105 (Journal of media psychology)
  • Organisation:
    Searching with Words of the category organisation. This could be institutions, but also meetings and conferences
    Searching for Max-Planck-Gesellschaft finds all records which include the phrase Max-Planck-Gesellschaft anywhere in the organisation or institution name.
  • Call number:
    Searching with the call number, enter it in one string without spaces, beginning with S.
    S0001T14 Results: The journal with the call number S0001T14 (The Times)
  • Publisher (Advanced search):
    Searching with words out of the name of the publisher.
    Searching for kramer finds all records, which contain the term "kramer" within the field publisher.
  • Place of publication (Advanced Search):
    Searching for a publishing place.
    Searching for berlin finds all media which were published in Berlin.

Please mark when entering the search terms:

  • There is no difference between capital and small letters
    computer = COMPUTER = ComPuter
  • Mutated vowels can be entered as one or two letters: Krönchen = Kroenchen.
  • Several search terms, which are separated by spaces within one searchfield are automatically combined by AND: journal biology = journal and biology
  • Truncation (abbreviation) is possible both at the beginning and the ending of a word. The sign for truncation is the " * ".
    lib* finds library, librarian, liberty, ...
    finds Psychology, Biology, Geology,...
    i*land finds ireland, iceland, irland.
  • Single letters can be replaced by " ! "
  • The Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT can be used for the search within one search field: (si!gen OR le*zig) AND journal.
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Basic search

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

  • Choose a Search criterion.
  • Enter one or more search terms into the search field.
  • Start your search request by clicking onto the button SEARCH or by pressing Enter..
  • As a result you will get a short title list.

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.

  • Choose a search criterion. Notice the different settings.
  • Enter one or more search terms into a search field.
  • Repeat this for the other search fields if you like.
  • Change the operators (AND) for combining the search criteria if necessary.
  • You may activate the search option "Phrase search". With this a search for a given sequence of words or letters is possible.
  • You may narrow your search to a given publication year (four-figure) or a special kind of material.
  • Start the search request by clicking onto the button SEARCH or by pressing Enter.
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Browse index

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

  • Choose an index.
  • Please notice, that all indices exept Keyword anywhere are phrase indices, that means, that entering the index is possible only at the beginning of for example the title or the name of a person. The index "Keyword anywhere" alphabetically lists the individual keywors of the indexes title, person and organisation.
  • Enter a search term or some letters into the search field.
  • Start your search request by clicking onto the button SEARCH or by pressing Enter.
  • The system, will enter the choosen index at the place of the entry, that starts with the given letters. The number of records to every entry is shown in the column "Hits".

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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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.

  • Item details:
    Click onto one of the shown call numbers within the column CALL NUMBER, for getting to the details.
    If the field is empty (for example at subordinated titles of multipart items, ordered or electronic media), go to the title details first. From there you can change to the volumes (Title of item) or the status for the order (All items).
  • Title details:

    • By clicking onto the title.
    • By clicking onto the number of the record in the first column.
    • Click onto the symbol Symbol check mark, to view all records of the result list in the details view.
    • Mark one or more hits by checking the box. Then click onto the number of the first marked record to view the choosen records in detailed view.

  • URL:
    If the resulting record is available on the internet, there is a symbol in the column Call number/Access or WWW:
    Symbol for the link to an eResource for an link to an eResource
    Symbol für den Link zur EZB for a link to the Electronic Journals Library EZB (Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek).
    Symbol for a link for all other links.
    There is always just one link in the result list, please check in the title details if there are more links.
  • New request:
    You can start a new search request directly with the input line, choose a search criterion and enter one or more search terms.
  • Navigation inside the result list:

    • You get 20 results on one page per default. Choose OPTIONS, to change the number of results per page.
    • The button >> takes you to the next page of the result list, the button << to the previous.
    • You get exactly to the choosen record in the result list if you enter a number into the entry field.

  • Sorting the result list:

    • To sort the list click onto the header of the appropriate column.

  • Mark records for further use:

    • Click onto the symbol Symbol check mark, to mark all records of a result list, onto Symbol crossed check mark, to delete the marking.
    • Mark one ore more records by checking the small box.

  • Further use of the result list:

    • BUILD SUBSET: A new result list of the previously marked record.
    • SAVE/E-MAIL: Saves the marked records to the local drive or sends them to an email address.
    • INTO THE BASKET: Copies the marked records into the basket for further use. The contents of the basket will be deleted when the session is closed!

  • Change the display format of the result list::

    • Click onto OPTIONS.
    • Titles per page: Number of records, that are shown on one page.
    • Format of the result list: Display format of the result list.
    • Your changes will become active after reloading the result list. For this, click onto SEARCH RESULTS in the navigation bar.

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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. The full title view contains all call numbers of a journal in the row Call number. Also holdings gaps are recorded.

  • Navigation inside full title view:

    • Click onto the button >>, for viewing the next record.
    • Click onto the button <<, for viewing the previous record.

  • Further navigation:

    • RESULT LIST: Go back to the short title list
    • Click onto highlighted field contents (i.e. Organisation names), to call up further services (find related records, browse index list, authority entry):

      • With FIND RELATED RECORDS you can find further books (of an author).
      • With BROWSE INDEX LIST, the index will be opened, starting with the entry, which was given by the field contents of the detailed view. This function allows you, to scan the surroundings of a entry, i.e. organisations with similar names.
      • The SEARCH FOR THE AUTHORITY ENTRY shows detailed information for Organisations, Subject Headings and Notations, i.e. other names or synonymous terms.

    • TITLE OF ITEM (series): Detailed view of the title of a part of a monographic series .
    • SUBORDINATED TITLE (Parts and Volumes): Detailed view of the subordinated title
    • REFERRING WORK: Detailed view of further referred titles.
    • VOLUMES (OVERVIEW): Overview of the volumes of this title in a new windows.
    • VOLUMES (CREATE): Result list of the volumes.
    • ALL ITEMS: Item details for this title.

  • Change the display format:

    • There are two formats for the full title view, Standard (default) and Catalogue card: Catalogue card in ISBD-Format.
    • Click onto the appropriate link to change the format.
    • Navigation is only accessible in the standard format.

  • Further use of the detailed view:
    You can copy a title form the detailed view into the basket for further use during your catalogue session, or save or sent it via email with the option Save/E-Mail.
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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 from the detailed title view, but only if there are items for that specific title.

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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:

  • AND, OR: Combine as many requests as you like
  • 1., NOT 2. Set, 2., NOT 1. Set: Exactly two search requests can be combined.

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 in the basket:

  • SAVE/E-Mail: Save the marked records or send them to an email address
  • VIEW: View ithe details of that record
  • DELETE: Remove a record 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:

  • Catalogue card: the records will be presented in the for library catalogues usual form
  • Standard: structered presentation with field names and field contents
  • CSV: "Comma-Separated Values", Format for the import into common word processing, spreadsheet or database programs. Instead of the comma a semicolon is used as separation.
  • RIS-Format: Format for the import into Reference Management Systems like Citavi or Endnote. When importing choose the filter RefMan / RIS.
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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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Tips and Tricks

Search strategies

Which kind of search is useful?

  • Basic search:

    • Fastest search, if you know striking search words, (i.e. ISSN or words from the title).
    • Not useful for complex request because you can choose only one search criterion.

  • Advanced search:

    • Word search with the possibility to combine several search criteria.

  • Browse index:

    • Checking of search requests that resulted in no hits.
    • Search for similar entries by browsing the surroundings of an entry within the browse list.
    • Quick access to the list.
    • Search requests, that resulted in too many hits in the word search.
    • Index browse is a phrase search, that means for using the beginning of the phrase (i.e. beginning of title) must be known.

Use of the index "Keyword anywhere":

  • The index keyword anywhere contains the most important fields of a record (Title, Organisation, Call number).
  • The search word(s) will be searched in all these fields.
  • Please bear in mind, that the terms may be found in different field, when searching with several search words.

Please notice our training course "Search strategies".

Known restrictions and errors

  • If there are too many hits, a search request will be aborted. Therefore make your search requests as precisely as possible.
  • In the result list you will see five call numbers at most in the column "Call number" (with the addition " . . . ", if there are more items). Change to the item details to view all items.
  • Search requests will be automatically truncated after the 35th letter.
  • Avoid searching with special characters.
  • Tuesdays til Saturdays the periodicals catalogue is not available between 02:45 a.m. and 05:00 a.m. because of the backup procedure.
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