Library Search or Search Plus – What’s the difference?
Library Search is the library catalogue. It includes all physical items such as books, DVDs, journals, artists' books and archival materials, as well as links to a number of our online eBooks and eJournals.
Library Search is also where you can access your Library account. Read more about this in the Your Library Account tab above.
Search Plus is another website that can search for anything in the Library catalogue in addition to the online databases the Library is subscribed to. This way you can search for everything in one place with Search Plus. However, we suggest that if you are just looking for physical items in the Library, Library Search is a better place to start. Search Plus searches a large number of resources so can take longer and return more results, which you will need to filter down to find what you need. If you are looking for electronic resources in particular, or know which database you want to search, Search Plus is a better option.
The next two tabs explain how to search using Library Search and Search Plus. If you need further help you can:
Watch this short video: Using Library Search, or read the guidance below for more information about using Library Search.
Use Library Search if you are mainly looking for physical books, journals and DVDs in the Library.
When you click in the Search box, you get a drop-down menu where you can switch between Library Search or Search Plus. If you want to see more options to refine your search, go to Advanced search.
As you start typing in your search terms, suggestions will appear and you can select any of these as your search term, or continue typing in your own terms.
Press Return or click Search to start the search.
Use advanced search if you want to narrow your search in advance. You can select from the following:
You can create a more complex search by choosing more options and specifying other fields alongside or instead of keyword, e.g Author, Title, Publisher.
Your search term is highlighted in the listing of search results. You can click Unhighlight to switch this off.
Refining your results
If you have too many results, you can refine your search by selecting one of the refine options.
Click on the arrow to view the selection available. Or use the slider to select a date range and then click on Refine Date.
Adding items to your Folder
You can add items to your Folder or, if you are logged in, to one of your Lists.
To select several records, click the checkbox or Select all.
Choose to add the records to your Folder or List.
Then click Save
Click on a title to view the full details of the item.
The item record shows:
Use the Browse shelf link to see other items that are shelved nearby (and so will be on a similar subject).
You can scroll through the results using the Previous and Next buttons, or use Back to results to return to the Search results page.
Click on Browse results to see a summary of the items in your search results.
The left-hand menu has options to:
You can also Share the record via social media.
Library Search and Search Plus allow phrase searching. To search for a phrase in Library Search go to Advanced Search, select 'Keyword phrase' from the dropdown and insert your phrase. To search for a phrase in Search Plus insert your search terms in double quotation marks (" ") and it will prioritise finding your terms together, in the order you have given.
This is the best way to narrow your search (the example above shows the number of results reduced by over 85% using this technique). This may also mean that you are missing out on results that are relevant to your research, but don't use the exact phrase you have used.
Library Search and Search Plus allow you to use the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT. These must be written in capitals to be recognised.
By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator. To expand your search results use the OR operator e.g. “textile OR cloth” will find results that contain either term.
This can be combined with phrase searching e.g. “special effects” OR “body painting”.
To exclude results from your search use the NOT operator before a search term e.g. searching for '"Body modification" NOT Piercing' should find results on a variety of body modifications e.g. tattooing, but will exclude results that mention piercing.
Library Search and Search Plus allow you to use wildcards when you are searching. Wildcards represent one or more letters in a word to take into account variations in spelling and words with a common root.
The question mark (?) can be used to represent a single character within a word e.g. searching for the author 'Ols?n' will find results results by the authors as 'Olsen' and 'Olson'.
The asterisk (*) can be used to represent zero or more characters, within a word or at the end of it e.g. searching for 'Colo*r' would find results containing 'Color' and 'Colour'; and searching for 'Design*' will find results containing 'Design', 'Designs', 'Designer', 'Designing' etc.
But wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search term.
Watch this short video: Logging in to your Library Account, or read the guidance below for help logging in to your Library Account.
To access your library account click Log in to your Library Account on the top right hand corner of the screen.
When the next window pops up select the AUB student and staff login and enter your AUB login details.
If you don’t have an AUB student or staff login enter your Library card number as Login and your Library PIN.
Your summary shows what you have on loan, when the items are due back and how many renewals are remaining. There are also tabs showing your outstanding fines and any holds you have made.
Your charges shows your outstanding fines. Accruing fines are still increasing each day as they relate to items you still have not yet returned to the Library.
Change your PIN
If you know your PIN you can change it here. If you have forgotten your PIN the Library staff can issue you with a generic PIN at the library counter.
Your Search History
Your search history lists your previous searches. Click the search terms to rerun a search. Click the RSS icon to set up an RSS feed to alert you when relevant new items are added to the catalogue.
Your Borrowing history
Your Borrowing history lists items you have borrowed over the past 3 years.
Your lists shows your saved lists. Select Share to email the list to yourself or a friend.
Your Inter-Library Loan Requests
Your inter-library loans requests lists items you have requested from the British Library or other external libraries. You can also request new items.