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The LibrarySearch Help contains information on the following topics:
  1. Introduction to LibrarySearch
1.1  Quick Guide
  1. What am I searching
2.1  Catalogue
2.2  Articles-Express
2.3  Course readings
2.4  Exams
  1. Doing searches

3.1  Basic and Boolean searches
       3.1.1 Basic search
       3.1.2 Searching for a Phrase
       3.1.3 Searching for Any Specified Words or Phrases
       3.1.4 Excluding Words or Phrases
       3.1.5 Searching Using Wildcard Characters
       3.1.6 Grouping Terms Within a Search
3.2  Advanced searches
3.3  Browse searches

  1. Understanding your search results
4.1  View Online tab
4.2  Find in Library tab
4.3  Details tab
4.4  Virtual Browse tab
4.5  Actions button
       4.5.1 Add to My Favourites
       4.5.2 Email
       4.5.3 Print
       4.5.4 Permalink
       4.5.5 Citation
       4.5.6 Endnote web
       4.5.6 RefWorks
       4.5.7 Delicious
       4.5.8 Endnote Local
4.6  Narrowing my results
  1. My Library in LibrarySearch - My Account, My Favourites and My Searches
5.1  Logging in and Logging out
5.2  My Account
       5.2.1. Checking my account
       5.2.2. Renewing an item on loan
       5.2.3. Placing a holding request
       5.2.4. Placing a booking request - Short-Loan Items
5.3  My Favourites
       5.3.1 Managing folders
       5.3.2 Managing items
5.4  My Searches, Alerts and RSS feeds
       5.4.1. My Searches
       5.4.2. My Alerts
       5.4.3. My RSS feeds
  1. Subject Guides
  1. eJournals
  1. CiteLinker

1. Introduction to LibrarySearch  Click for a video about LibrarySearch

LibrarySearch provides one place to search across all Unitec's library resources.

We suggest you start with a simple search: just type the title or subject you are looking for into the search box, hit Enter or click the Search button.  LibrarySearch will search the Library Catalogue for Library items (including books, e-books, journals and more) that are relevant to your search and display them in a results list. The results list is sorted by relevance but you can change it to sort by date, title etc. You can also limit your results list in a number of ways using the links on the left panel, eg, limit by format, library, subject, date, author or type.

If you require more precise search options use the Advanced Search option, or select one of the other Tabs (See What am I searching)

You can also select Browse Search option to show other physical items around your search options.

Quick Guide

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2. What am I searching

LibrarySearch will search across several different types of items, or you can limit which type of items to search by selecting one of the 4 tabs above the Search box. These tabs are

  • Catalogue - search for books and eBooks, journals, language kits, ESL readers, picture books, DVD and audio files, theses and student reports, maps as well as Course Readings and Exam papers.
  • Articles-Express - a VERY FAST search of thousands of online journals, many of which are full-text. There is no need to login when on campus. Note that for commercial reasons Articles-Express does not include all the journals that Unitec subscribes to especially some of the ones published in New Zealand. More information.
  • Course reading - search for course reading lists as given to the library by course lecturers. Some of these items may be in high demand and therefore located at the Main Desk and may have shortenend loan periods. These can be searched for by lecturer, course name or code. Some copies can be requested.
  • Exams - Find Unitec exam papers and view the full-text. Search for these by course name or code. Only exam papers that have been provided to the Library by lecturers are available on the Catalogue. Answers are not included.
NOTE: Some information is not available through LibrarySearch. These include NewzText Plus, Brookers legal library, NZ Legislation, NZ Standards, NZX Company Data.
2.1 Catalogue
The catalogue allows searching of books and eBooks, journals, language kits, ESL readers, picture books, DVD and audio files, theses and student reports, maps as well as Course reading and Exam papers. These are items that students have access to. See how to place a request.
2.2 Articles-Express
Unitec Library subscribes to thousands of high quality eJournals which contain useful articles for your assignments and research. Our new Articles-Express search tool makes it easy to access those articles. Articles-Express delivers search results VERY FAST and there is no need to login to do the search. The results of the search are articles for which you can access online.

To search and access articles
  1. Select the Articles-Express tab.
  2. Enter your search terms eg "black and white ruffed lemurs"
  3. Click search - and a list of relevant articles will display instantly.
  4. To access the full-text of an article just click on the title of the article (if you are off campus or using a mobile device you may be prompted to login with your Unitec login at this point).
  5. If you wish to access peer-reviewed articles, click on the link at the top of the Left-hand column Show only Peer-reviewed Journals.
Articles-Express coverage includes these publishers and collections. You can use Articles-Express to search over 150 million articles, many available as full text. However, for commercial reasons Articles-Express does not include all the journals that we subscribe to especially some of the ones published in New Zealand. If you can't find what you're looking for try these other search options:
Unitec has named this search tool "Articles-Express" but the supplier (Ex Libris) calls it the "Primo Central Index". This is used by many academic libraries around the world under various names.
2.3 Course reading
Some lecturers request that course-related texts are held at the Library desk. These items are usually in high demand and have shortenend loan periods. When in the Course Reserves tab, you can also search using the course name (e.g. "Clinical Skills"), course code (e.g. HEAL or 5011) or lecturer/tutor.
2.4 Exams
Unitec exam papers can be viewed online in full-text pdf format. You can search using the course name (e.g. "Clinical Skills") or course code (e.g. HEAL or 5011). Only exam papers that have been provided to the Library by lecturers are available on the Catalogue. Answers are not included. Only exmas from the previous 5 years may be able.
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3. Doing searches

You can search very easily in LibrarySearch. Just type one or more words you are looking for and click the Search button.

  • LibrarySearch assumes that you are searching for all the words you typed unless OR or NOT are specified between the words and phrases.
  • Use quotes to search whole phrases, eg. “treaty of waitangi”
  • Use * to truncate, eg. garden* will search for gardens, gardening, gardener, etc
  • Use ? for single character wildcard search e.g. wom?n will search for woman, women
  • To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, LibrarySearch will consider them as part of the search.
  • Use NOT to exclude items that contain specific words or phrases e.g. drugs NOT alcohol

Course reading - When in the Course reading tab, you can also search using the course name (e.g. "Clinical Skills"), course code (e.g. HEAL or 5011) or lecturer/tutor.

Exam Papers - When in the Exams tab, you can search using the course name (e.g. "Clinical Skills") or course code (e.g. HEAL or 5011)

3.1 Basic and Boolean searches
3.1.1 Basic search
Just type one or more words you are looking for and click the Search button. If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, the system will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.
3.1.2 Searching for a Phrase
To search for a phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase. You can combine both words and phrases in your search.
For example, to search for global warming as one term, type the following in the search box:

global warming
3.1.3 Searching for Any Specified Words or Phrases
You can search for items that contain at least one of the words or phrases you type in the Search box. To do so, type OR between the words or phrases. If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, LibrarySearch assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.
NOTE: To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, LibrarySearch will consider them as part of the search.
For example, to search for items with the word Irish or the word Celtic, type the following in the search box:

irish OR celtic
3.1.4 Excluding Words or Phrases
You can exclude items that contain specific words or phrases. To do so, type NOT and then type the word or phrase to exclude. For example, to search for items with the word Irish and exclude any of these items with the word Celtic, type the following in the search box:

irish NOT celtic
3.1.5 Searching Using Wildcard Characters
You can include the following wildcard characters in your searches:

  ?   enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings woman, women, and so forth.
  *   enter and asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally
3.1.6 Grouping Terms Within a Search
You can use parentheses to group terms within a search. This is especially important when there are three or more search terms. For example, to search for Shakespeare and either tragedy or sonnet, type the following in the search box:


Searches for women, human, anatomy can result in different results depending on the placement of the brackets and boolean operators.
  • (woman OR women) AND anatomy AND human = 17295 results
  • (woman OR women) AND human anatomy = 17295 results
  • (woman OR women) AND (human AND anatomy) = 20 results
  • (woman OR women) AND (human anatomy) = 20 results
3.2 Advanced searches

Limit your search to a more specific set of items by selecting Advanced search.



You can now select a particular part of the library record in which to perform the search, such as Title, Author, Subject. By clicking on the dropdown arrow, you are presented with the options available for your selected tab.

Limit by Description
contains Enter any words that are to appear within the field you have selected. The words may appear in any order.
with phrase Enter words that are to appear together within the field you have selected in the order entered.
starts with

(Applies to Title search only)  

Enter all or first part of title, starting with the first word. Note:  if the title begins with a, an, the, te* nga*, le, de ... leave it out. e.g.
- wind in the willows (leave out the as the first word)
- journal of accountancy (leave out the as the first word)
- morehu (leave out nga as the first word)
For other languages, try searching both with and without the first word, e.g.
- jour se leve (leave out le) as in le jour se leve
*Except for names and place names, e.g. Te Awamutu
Publication Date You can ask for books that were published in a particular time frame from the most recent by selecting the interval you would like. (You can also do this by selecting a date under Narrow My Results on the left hand side of the results page.)
Resource Type From the dropdown menu, you can select the type of resource you would like the search to be limited to such as books, journals, articles, audiovisual material. (You can also do this by selecting the a resource type under Narrow My Results on the left hand side of the results page.)
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3.3 Browse searches

Browse Search button is listed under Advanced Search button.

Select the type of search you wish to perform from the dropdown, and enter your search.



LibrarySearch will give you a link to your search result and a list of other resources that would appear next in order.


Click on any of the Entry links to go to the record in LibrarySearch.

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4. Understanding your search results

The main results page displays all the items that match your search. It is sorted by relevance, but you can change it to sort by date, title, author or popularity.

For each item, the following information displays:

If several editions exist of the same title, these will be grouped together, with a tab at the far right of the title, showing the number of editions.  Click on the title, or this tab to see the various editions available and where they are located.

To see more information on an item, you can select the following tabs:

4.1 View Online tab
this tab only appears for resources that you access online from your computer, such as ebooks, and journal articles. You will be asked to LOG IN first, if you are not yet.
4.2 Find in Library tab
Lists all of the locations that hold this item. It also allows you to request physical items (such as books and audio CDs) from the library. These items will be held for you to collect from the library you select.  For full instructions see Placing a request
4.3 Details tab
Displays the item’s full record and additional links. This includes all the subject headings, the Table of Contents, publisher and notes if available. Links to other external sources of information appear in this tab on the right hand side of the box.
4.4 Virtual Browse tab
Displays the item's cover, and covers of items that would appear on the shelf next to it. You are able to scroll both forwards and backwards along the virtual shelf. Only physcial items are shown, not online resources.
4.5 Actions button

After opening one of the tabs listed above, the Action button appears on the right hand side of the tab. The following options are available to you.

Save to My Favourites This record is included in your personal list of My Favourites
Email record Send this record by email
Print record Print this record
Permalink Get a permanent URL for this title to include in webpages
Citation Automatically generate APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian references for this title
Endnote Web Download record into an online referencing library
RefWorks Download details of this record to your personal RefWorks library
Delicious Download details of this record to your personal Delicious account
Endnote local For Unitec staff and students, with Endnote loaded onto their computers, use this button to export to your personal library. For full instructions, see Download from LibrarySearch to Endnote.
4.6 Narrow my results
This allows you to refine your search results further. Options for narrowing results include

More Options under each of the options allows you to include and exclude specific results.

Suggested New Searches (below the Narrow my results column) provides some other possible searches you may like to consider.

Save query (below the Narrow my results column) allows you to use this search again, as an alert or RSS Feed.  For more information see My Searches, Alerts, and RSS Feeds.
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5. My Library in LibrarySearch - My Account, My Favourites and My Searches
To make effective use of your own space called My Library in LibrarySearch, you must Log in.
5.1 Logging in and logging out
Go to LibrarySearch and click on LOG IN at the top right-hand corner of the screen. Your username and password are the same as those you use when logging into the Unitec Portal. Once you log in, you can Remember to LOG OUT at the end of your session, so no one else can change your information.
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5.2 My Account
This provides an area where you are able to link directly to your library record.
5.2.1 Checking my account details
  1. Log in to LibrarySearch.
  2. Enter your Unitec username and password.
  3. Click on My Account.
  4. To display your loans, click on Loans.  (You can now renew your items if appropriate)
  5. To display your historical loans, click on List of Historical Loans. Note that these are loans since December 2014.
  6. To display items that you have requested, click on Requests.  (You can cancel a request at this point.)
  7. Details of your library fees and fines are displayed by clicking on Fine & Fees.
  8. Personal settings allows you to change the number of results viewed per page, and the email address that your LibrarySearch alerts are sent to. Change your personal details (including cell-phone number) via the MyUnitec portal.
5.2.2 Renewing an Item on Loan
The library will automatically renew your items for you, up to the maximum loan period. (You do not have to do anything.) However, if some one has requested the item, it will not be renewed.

If you still want to renew an item yourself,
  1. Log in to LibrarySearch.
  2. Enter your Unitec username and password.
  3. Click on My Account.
  4. Click on Loans.  All items you currently have out will be displayed, including their due date.  If your item is able to be renewed, you will see the word Renewable under status. Click Renew All or select the check box next to the item and click on Renew Selected. The system will then renew the item showing you the new due date and time.
5.2.3 Placing a Holding Request  Click for a video about how to make a request
  1. Log in to LibrarySearch.
  2. Enter your Unitec username and password.
  3. Do the search for the items you want.
  4. To request a general book, click on the Find in Library tab to see where the item is and click the Request link. Select the location you would like to pick up the item from, and the date after which the item is not required.  Click on the Request button.  You will be notified when the copy is available.
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5.2.4 Placing a Booking Request - Short-Loan Items

If the item you want is a high-demand item and on short loan, you will be able to book it. The book will then be able for you when you want it.

  1. Log in to LibrarySearch.
  2. Enter your Unitec username and password.
  3. Do the search for the items you want.
  4. Click on the Find in Library tab to see where the item is and click the Request link. Select the Booking radio button.
  5. Click on the Check availability link to see if there are current bookings on this item: Yellow means "library is closed"; Pink means "unavailable"; White means "available";
  6. Fill in the dates and times you wish to have this item and click Request.



*Notes:

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5.3 My Favourites

My Favourites allows you to save and organize items that you find during your LibrarySearch session.

5.3.1 Managing Folders
From the My Favourites tab, you can perform the following operations on folders:

Create a new folder under the selected folder.
Rename the selected folder.
Copy the selected folder into memory. The original folder will not be changed or deleted.
Paste the last folder placed into memory into the selected folder.
Delete the selected folder from Basket.
5.3.2 Managing Items
From the My Favourites tab, you can perform the following operations on items:

Cut the selected items and to place them into memory.
Copy the selected items into memory.
Paste the last items placed into memory into the current folder.
Delete the selected items.
E-mail E-Mail the selected items.
Print Print the selected items.
Save Items — Select an option (such as Push to Connotea) from the Save pull-down list and then click this button to save the selected items.
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5.4 My Searches, Alerts, and RSS feeds
5.4.1 My Searches
A search is a word or phrase you specify in the search panel to request information. LibrarySearch records all the searches you perform in a particular session so that you can easily repeat them. The following operations are available to you.

5.4.2 My Alerts
An alert is a process that runs your search automatically at weekly intervals and sends you new results via e-mail.
To view the list of alerts, click the Saved Searches & Alerts menu. To configure an alert for a saved search, click the Update link for that search and then specify the alert settings.
5.4.3 My RSS feeds
RSS feeds in LibrarySearch are used to notify you of new items found by the search. RSS feeds can be activated from either the search results or the Saved Searches & Alerts folder on the My Searches tab. All that you need is to have an RSS reader installed on your computer.

If your browser supports RSS, click the RSS button. A window from which you can subscribe to the RSS feeds opens. Follow the instructions in the window. If your browser does not support RSS, right-click the RSS button, copy the URL, and paste it into the RSS reader.
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6. Subject Guides
Subject guides provide a specialised set of resources put together by Unitec Knowledge Specialistsn conjunction with course lecturers.  This may include titles of books, databases most appropriate to courses, relevant websites, and other helpful guides.
Click here for a full list of Subject Guides
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7. eJournals

This is a fulll A-Z list of all journals that Unitec has online access to.

Enter the title of a journal, and click on the database link through which Unitec has access. You will now have the ability to search for particular articles.

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8. CiteLinker

This allows you to enter the information you know about a journal, article or book, and lets LibrarySearch finds the item for you.

Click on the tab appropriate to the information you have - Journal - Article - Book and enter as much information as possible. Click on the GO button. LibrarySearch will connect through a list of online services to a matching recourse.

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