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Library Hub Guide

A guide to help you navigate the Library Hub.

Searching

The New Look Library Hub

     The search bar enables you to search across all University of Divinity library collections. This includes all of the Library Hub’s electronic resources as well as the print holdings of University of Divinity Libraries. All students, staff and other members of the University are entitled to access these resources and borrow from these libraries.

 

To start searching:

  • In the search bar, type in your search term (any combination of author, title, publisher, dates and subjects may be used as part of the search).
  • Use inverted commas if you want to search for a particular phrase, e.g. “Christian meditation”. Once you click search, a list of results will appear in the catalogue.
  • If you wish to make your search more specific, use the advanced search function.
  • TIP: be sure to use the filters on the left to refine your search! (See Search Filters tab).

Advanced Search

       The Advanced Search option allows you to perform more complex searches than a standard search. You can enter search terms across a number of fields and combine criteria with Boolean operators. To access Advanced Searching click the Advanced link under the search bar or at the top left of the catalogue. (More information on search terms can be found under the Learn Search Techniques tab).

  1. You can enter search terms into the different fields (e.g., Keyword, Author, Subject) to use in your Advanced Search and you can use Boolean operators (AND, OR, & NOT) to combine these search terms in order to get either very focused or very broad search results.

  1. Select the databases which you would like your search to include or avoid and click Save Changes.
  2. Use the search tools below the search to limit to a particular library, format, year range or peer-reviewed articles. 

  1. Click Search.

Use filters to limit your search results

      Search filters or limiters are a powerful tool to help narrow down your search results meaning you won't have to look through mountains of irrelevant records to find what you’re looking for. By using the filters in the left column of your search results, you can limit your search results to a single library, or expand it to include University of Divinity Libraries or Libraries Worldwide. This search functionality is based on WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive library database, enabling users to identify resources held in library collections around the world.

Because of the extensive nature of the databases being searched some filters need to be applied so that the most relevant material for you research is being displayed.

For example, to restrict a search to include only resources in English, click the “English” link from the Language category box.

 

Logging into the Library Hub

Your Library Hub login allows you to remotely access electronic resources available on the Library Hub. The credentials you use will be the same as you use to log into Paradigm/ARK.


 

Searching for Books & eBooks

     By using the filters on the left you can limit your search results to a single library, or expand it to include University of Divinity Libraries, Victorian Libraries, or Libraries Worldwide.

  • Print Books: To limit your search to finding a print book, select the library/libraries you wish borrow from and select print book from the format list.

  • e-Books: To limit your search to finding e-books, select libraries worldwide and choose e-Books from the format list. By doing this, your search will include all open access e-books as well as eBooks purchased by the library. If it is available as an eBook, a large red button will appear below the title.

By default the service will search worldwide libraries, and as such will show some items that are not held by University of Divinity Libraries. To identify when items are not held by the University of Divinity Library, the record will display the text at other libraries worldwide.


Beneath the title and summary, you will see the library, the shelving location, the call number and the availability.

Note: 

  • The latest edition of a title will be shown first. If that particular copy or edition is not available, be sure to check if there are more copies of an alternative edition available. If it is available as an eBook, a large red button will appear below the title.

  • If an item says it is available at University of Divinity libraries but your library is not mentioned in the availability list, click on the record, scroll down to other availability & holdings and click Other Libraries Worldwide. Find your library and click on view catalogue to view item.

  • If the particular item you are looking for is not held at your library, you can see if an alternative edition is held by clicking on the record and scrolling down to the bottom of the page to explore different editions and formats.


 

This search functionality is based on WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive library database, enabling users to identify resources held in library collections around the world.

Finding an article is similar to finding a book

  • In the search bar, type in your search term (any combination of author, title, publisher, dates and subjects may be used as part of the search).
  • Use inverted commas if you want to search for a particular phrase, e.g. “Christian meditation”.
  • Under Format, select Article, Chapter. 

 


Note: these steps will automatically search across all the databases available to the University of Divinity excluding ATLA (EBSCO Host). If you wish to search the ATLA Database, click the button at the bottom right of the screen. When beginning your research, it is worth searching through both the catalogue and the ATLA Database to find a broad range of resources for your study.

 

This button will open the Additional Databases banner shown bellow.

 

 

Where's my library?

 Q. I am trying to access a book that shows up as held by University of Divinity libraries but I cannot see which University of Divinity library holds it. How can I check which library holds it?

   Mannix, Stirling, St Paschal and St Athanasius Libraries have recently moved to a shared library system. Search results will display live availability data for items held at the four participating libraries, as well as holdings information for other libraries, including University of Divinity Libraries, Victorian Libraries, and Libraries Worldwide. 

If a book or article in your search says it is available at University of Divinity libraries but does not show which library it is at under the title, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the item and scroll down to Other Availability & Holdings. 
  2. Click Other Libraries Worldwide button. This will bring up the holdings of the non-shared libraries.
  3. Click on View Catalog. This will take you to that library's holding. 

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Discover Search Techniques

Search operators are a set of commands that can be used in almost every search engine, database, or online catalogue.  The most popular operators are AND, OR, and NOT. These must all be in capital letters to work. Other operators include parentheses, truncation, and phrases.

Below are a few examples from OCLC's Search Guidelines page.

keyword search provides a single search box to find words and phrases anywhere in the catalogue record or in title, author/creator, or subject fields. For example:

This search...   returns these titles...
Keyword: Christian mediation

  • Christian meditation by Hans Urs von Balthasar 

  • The secret of Francis of Assisi : a meditation by Christian Bobin

  • The Oxford book of Christian verse

  • The occult revolution; a Christian meditation. by Richard Woods


phrase search uses quotation marks to allow an exact match to the phrase searched.

This search... returns these titles...
Keyword: "Christian mediation"
  • Christian meditation by Hans Urs von Balthasar

  • Christian meditation : experiencing the presence of God by James Finlay

  • The other side of silence : a guide to Christian meditation by Morton Kelsey

More Examples:

AND Use this word between concepts to narrow your results.  e.g. sensory AND perception
OR Use this word between related concepts. e.g.  Bible OR Scripture 
NOT Use this word to exclude terms from your search. e.g. virus NOT corona
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Use the asterisk symbol to include alternate word endings.

e.g. Christ* will search for Christian, Christianity, and Christendom
? Use a question mark to include variations in spelling in your search. e.g. wom?n will search for woman, women
( ) Use brackets to create separate groups of actions in your search. e.g. "Christian spirituality" AND (medieval OR "middle ages") AND Europe

To discover how to use more search techniques (e.g., keywords, Boolean operators, wildcards, etc.) to refine your search results even further, click here: Search Guidelines Online.

For further information, watch this video: Search Techniques in WorldCat Discovery (7:35).

Provided by OCLC