Welcome to Find@HKUL Online Help

What is Find@HKUL?
Searching in Find@HKUL
My Space in Find@HKUL

What is Find@HKUL?
Find@HKUL is a search tool that helps you discover the HKUL collection through a single search box in one go.

Books + Articles
The default setting is Books + Articles which will facilitate you to search a wide spectrum of resources. The Books tab is similar to searching the HKUL library catalogue (Dragon). Under this tab, you will find materials kept in the library such as books, journal titles, newspaper titles, theses, etc. The Articles tab is similar to searching a huge cross-disciplinary article database. Through this tab, you can discover articles, conference papers, overseas theses, etc.

Extended Search
Even though Books + Articles offer a very large pool of resources for you, it is not able to cover everything. Extended Search connects you to specialized databases and therefore enable you to discover deeper into the resources available at HKUL.

Searching in Find@HKUL
Performing a search
Basic Search
Simply type one or more words you are looking for and click the Search button. Find@HKUL will search for all the words you type unless you insert Boolean operators (OR or NOT) between the words and phrases.

More advanced skills
These skills will help you perform more precise searches:

Searching for a Phrase
Enclose your phrase with quotation marks.  The search will find records with the words occurring next to each other in the order specified.
Example: To search for renewable energy as one term, you would enter:
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Searching for Any Specified Words or Phrases
Insert OR between the words or phrases. The search will find records containing at least one of the words or phrases.
Example: To search for items with the word solar or the word sun, you would enter:
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      note To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, Find@HKUL will remove them and perform a simple search that includes all search phrases.

Excluding Words or Phrases
Enter NOT followed by the word or phrase to exclude. Records retrieved will not contain the word specified.
Example: To search for items with the word energy and exclude any of these items with the word nuclear, you would enter:
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      note To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, Find@HKUL will remove them and perform a simple search that includes all search phrases.

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.
Example: wom?n to search for records containing words such as woman, women.
      * * — Enter an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search.
Example: cultur* to search for records containing words such as culture, cultural, and culturally.
      note The system ignores wildcard characters placed at the beginning of search terms. For example, the system treats the search terms ?aying and *aying as if you had searched for aying.

Grouping Terms Within a Query
Use parentheses to group terms within a search statement.
Example: To search for renewable energy in relation to solar or wind or waves, you would enter:
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Selecting Your Search Scope
The search scope defines where the system should perform the search. The default search scope under Extended Search is “Multi discipline”. You can change the scope to another discipline, such as Arts or Science from the drop-down menu. A search will then be performed in the remote databases under the chosen scope. Instead of choosing a pre-defined search scope, you can select your own set of databases under Extended Search. For information on selecting remote databases, see Selecting Databases.
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Expanding your Search Scope
The Articles tab enables you to search tens of millions of records of global or regional significance that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators.
If you want to expand your results to include records that do not contain full text, select the Expand My Results on the left hand panel.
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Using Browse
The Browse search, available under the Books tab, allows you to browse library materials in order to find information of relevance quickly.
To access Browse, click the Browse Search link next to the simple search box, as shown below.
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You can browse material by author, title, and subject. In the results, you can click an underlined entry to see its associated records.
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Using Find Databases
The Find Databases option enables you to search for specific remote databases and include these databases in your search.
To display the Find Databases lightbox, click the Find Databases link, which appears at the top of the Extended Search page.
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From this lightbox, you can perform the following actions:

Searching for Databases
The All Databases tab displays the HKUL subscribed databases made available under Extended Search. If you would like to search for specific databases, fill in the relevant fields on the upper section of the lightbox and then click the Find Databases button. To display the results, click the Databases Results tab.
To select databases for searches, see Selecting Databases.

Selecting Databases
You can select databases from either the All Databases tab or the Databases Results tab (if you have performed a search).
      note Off campus access to Extended Search is restricted to current HKU staff and students only.
To select databases, select the check box next to each database that you want to include in your search. As you select a database, it is added to the list of databases on the Selected Databases tab.
After you have completed your selections, click the Selection Completed button to exit the lightbox and to update the Selected Databases search scope. You will need to select this search scope to search the selected databases.

Viewing Database Search Results
The Databases Results tab contains a list of all the databases that match the criteria you specified in the database search (see Searching for Databases)

Viewing Selected Databases
The Selected Databases tab displays a list of all the databases that you have selected from either the All Databases tab or the Databases Results tab.

Using the Brief Results
The Brief results display all the items that match your search query.
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Basically, each item bears an icon to its left indicating the Resource Type. Resource Type indicates the format of the item, such as book, article, journal, and so forth. Next to each item, you will also see a Star icon. Clicking on this Star icon will add or remove the item from your basket. A highlighted star indicates that you have already added it to your basket.
If you would like to see more information on an item, you can select the following tabs:

View Online Tab
The View Online tab displays items that are available online inside the tab. If the item has multiple entries, click an entry to display the item on a new page.
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Request Tab
The Request tab allows you to request physical items (such as books and audio CDs) from the Libraries. Note that you have to sign in to Find@HKUL to make a request.
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Locations Tab
The Locations tab lists all of the locations that hold this item. To get more information on the location that holds the item, click either the location link or the Plus icon, where available.
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Details Tab
The Details tab displays the item’s full record and additional links, such as HKALL.
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Find It@HKUL Tab
For online resources, you can get full text by clicking on the View Online tab. If there is no full text match, click on Find It@HKUL which helps you discover the full text availability of each document at HKU Libraries.
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Using Queries, Alerts, and RSS Feeds
This section includes:

What Is a Query?
A query is a word or phrase you specify in the search panel to request information. You can do the following with queries:
Viewing and Saving Queries
If you are signed in, you can save a query by clicking the Save Search link, which appears below the facets on the Brief Results page. You can access your saved and session queries by clicking either the e-Shelf or My Account link and then clicking the My Queries tab.
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This tab contains the following folders:
      note If you are not signed in, your queries are available only during the current session.
You can run a saved query yourself, or you can set it as an alert that runs automatically at scheduled times and sends you new results by e-mail.

What Is an Alert?
An alert is a process that runs your query automatically at scheduled times and sends you new results via e-mail.
Viewing and Activating Alerts
To view the list of alerts, click the Saved Queries Alerts menu. To configure an alert for a saved query, click the Update link for that query and then specify the alert settings.

Activating RSS Feeds
Syndicated content, otherwise known as Really Simple Syndication (RSS), is a popular way to distribute information from Web sites. For example, using RSS, a news site or a blog can automatically feed its news articles or entries to a group of subscribers.
RSS feeds in Primo are used to notify you of new items found by the query. RSS feeds can be activated from either the search results or the Saved Queries & Alerts folder on the My Queries 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 RS

My Space in Find@HKUL
Why Should I Sign In?
When you sign into Find@HKUL, you are able to do the following:

Why Should I Sign Out?
You should sign out so that your searches remain private and your personal settings and basket are not tampered with by anyone else.

My Account
My Account enables you to view the items currently on loan to you and perform library services, such as renewing a book or canceling a request.

Using e-Shelf
e-Shelf allows you to save and organize items that you find during your search session. To access e-Shelf, click the e-Shelf link at the top of the page.
This section includes:

Saving Items to e-Shelf
When you select the Star icon for an item in the search results, the system highlights the icon and adds the item to the Basket folder in e-Shelf.
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      note You must sign in to save items in e-Shelf for future sessions.

Removing Items from e-Shelf
To remove an item and all of its copies in the various folders in e-Shelf, select the highlighted Star icon next to the item in the search results.
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If you do not want to delete all copies of an item in e-Shelf, you must remove each copy directly from e-Shelf. For more information on removing items from e-Shelf, see Managing Items.

Viewing Items Saved in e-Shelf
To view items that are saved in e-Shelf, click the Basket folder or any of its subfolders. From the list of items, click the item that you want to display.

Managing Folders
From the e-Shelf tab, you can perform the following operations on folders:
Folder Operations
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Create Folder —Click this button to add a new folder under the selected folder.
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Rename Folder—Click this button to rename the selected folder.
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Copy Folder—Click this button to copy the selected folder into memory. The original folder will not be changed or deleted.
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Paste Folder—Click this button to paste the last folder placed into memory into the selected folder.
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Delete Folder—Click this button to delete the selected folder from Basket.
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Add Note—Click this button to add a note to a folder.
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Modify Note—Click this button to modify a folder's note.

Managing Items
From the e-Shelf tab, you can perform the following operations on items:
Item Operations
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Cut Items—Click this button to cut the selected items and to place them into memory.
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Copy Items—Click this button to copy the selected items into memory.
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Paste Item—Click this button to paste the last items placed into memory into the current folder.
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Delete Items—Click this button to delete the selected items.
E-Mail Items—Click this button to email the selected items.
Print Items—Click this button to print the selected items.
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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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Add Note—Click this button to add a note to an item.
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Modify Note—Click this button to modify an item's note.