FINDit Help

FINDit enables searchers to discover resources across our library’s extensive print and online collections from a single search service. Collections include print books, DVDs and theses as well as online journals articles and documents. This page offers support in using the range of features available in FINDit. It is also available as a written guide

Our range of Guides offer searching tips and advice on using specific resources.

If you would like help using FINDit to find information in your subject area, book an appointment with your Information Librarian.

For technical support, e-mail FINDit.

Performing Basic Searches

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

Note: FINDit assumes that you are searching for all the words you type unless OR or NOT are specified between the words and phrases.

Once you are familiar with the basic FINDit search, you might want to try doing more with the Search panel or use the Advanced Search option. Both of these options offer numerous features for making your searches more precise and enable you to get results that are more useful.

How Can I Do More with the Search Panel?

You can do more than just a simple search with the Search panel. Try the following search options to get the best results for your search:

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.

Note: 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.

For example, to search for global warming as one term, type the following in the search box:

Searching for a Phrase

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.

Note: If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, FINDit assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.

For example, to search for items with the word Irish or the word Celtic, type the following in the search box:

Search for any Specified Words or Phrases

Note: To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, FINDit removes them and performs a simple search that includes all search phrases.

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.

Note: If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, FINDit assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.

For example, to search for items with the word Celtic and exclude any of these items with the word Irish, type the following in the search box:

Excluding Words or 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. 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.

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

You can use parentheses to group terms within a query. For example, to search for Shakespeare and either tragedy or sonnet, type the following in the search box:

Grouping Terms Within a Query

Selecting Your Search Scope (Tab)

The search scope (tab) defines where the system should perform the search. A default search scope is predefined based on your login, usually corresponding to your major field of study or some other criteria set up by the institution. However, you can change the scope of your search by selecting a search scope from the drop-down list as shown in the following example.

Selecting Your Search Scope

Using the FINDit Article Search Scope

FINDit Article Search is a centralized search index that encompasses tens of millions of records of global or regional significance that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators. To search from these resources, select the FINDit Article Search scope or a search scope that includes it.

If you want to receive results for FINDit Article Search items that do not contain full text, select the Expand beyond library collections check box.

Your Space in FINDit

This section includes:

Why Should I Sign In?

When you sign into FINDit, you are able to do the following:

  • Set preferences for your current and future sessions. You can set your preferences so that they reflect the way you usually search, and save them for future sessions.
  • Add items you found and queries you submitted permanently to your basket. You can save items from your results list to your basket and you can save queries that you have performed for future use.
  • Set alerts for your queries. You can set a query to become an alert, that is, to run automatically and send you email notification once it locates new items answering your search criteria.
  • Access external licensed resources. The institution offers licensed information resources to its users. Once you sign in, you can search and retrieve items from these additional resources.

Why Should I Sign Out?

You should sign out of FINDit so that your searches remain private and your personal settings and basket are not tampered with by anyone else.

My Account

My Account lets you define your personal FINDit settings. To access My Account, click the My Account link, which appears at the top of each page in FINDit.

Personal Settings

You can tailor the FINDit user interface so that it reflects the way you usually search. For example, you can specify the default language, the maximum numbers of search results per page, your default e-mail address, and your mobile phone number. To set your preferences, click the Personal Settings option on the left side of My Account.

Note: To keep your settings for future sessions, you must sign in and save your preferences.

Using e-Shelf

e-Shelf allows you to save and organize items that you find during your FINDit 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.

Saving Items to e-Shelf

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.

Removing Items from e-Shelf

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
Button Description
Create Folder Create Folder – adds a new folder under the selected folder.
Rename Folder Rename Folder – renames the selected folder.
Copy Folder Copy Folder – copies the selected folder into memory. The original folder will not be changed or deleted.
Paste Folder Paste Folder – pastes the last folder placed into memory into the selected folder.
Delete Delete Folder – deletes the selected folder from Basket.
Add Note Add Note – adds a note to a folder.
Modify Note Modify Note – modifies a folder’s note.

Managing Items

From the e-Shelf tab, you can perform the following operations on items:

Item Operations
Button Description
Cut Items Cut Items – cuts the selected items and places them into memory.
Copy Items Copy Items – copies the selected items into memory.
Paste Items Paste Item – pastes the last items placed into memory into the current folder.
Delete Items Delete Items – deletes the selected items.
E-mail Items E-Mail Items – e-mails the selected items.
Print Items Print Items – prints the selected items.
Save Items Save Items – Select an option (such as Push to Connotea) from the Save pull-down list to save the selected items.
Add Note Add Note – adds a note to a folder.
Modify Note Modify Note – modifies a folder’s note.

Using Find Database

The Find Database option enables you to search for specific remote databases, e.g. Business Source Premier, ScienceDirect, CINAHL and many more.

Link out to these databases to use the specific search options they offer.

Note: In many cases you will need to go to the Find Journal link on the FINDit homepage to determine whether full-text access is available to University staff and students.

Using the Brief Results

The Brief Results display all the items that match your search query. For each item, the following information displays:

  • Resource Type — the format of the item, such as book, article, journal, and so forth.
  • Title — Depending on your institution’s configuration, clicking the title displays either the item’s information or the online resource.
  • Author, creator, and date — the item’s author, creator, and publication date
  • Star icon — click the Star icon next to the title to add or remove the item from your basket. A highlighted star indicates that you have already added it to your basket.

Using the Brief Results

bX Hot Articles

In each subject area, the bX Hot Articles service displays a list of the 10 articles that researchers selected the most times in recent weeks. If you select All Subjects, you see the top 10 articles overall.

The service is based on selections made by millions of researchers from thousands of academic institutions around the world and is updated once a month.

Expand My Results

When searching Article Search or Combined Search, items that are readily available as full-text are displayed. By selecting the Expand My Results option, a set of additional results are returned, that though may not be available in the Library, could potentially be requested using our Inter-library Loans service.

Expand My Results

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.

View Online Tab

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.

Details Tab

The Details tab displays the item’s full record and additional links.

Details Tab

Virtual Browse Tab

Once you have found a book, use the Virtual Browse Tab to discover similar books that are available in our libraries.

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:

  • View the current session’s queries and results.
  • Save a query from the current session in order to use it later.
  • Activate alerts on your saved queries to have them run automatically at scheduled times to provide you with updated results from 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.

My Queries Tab – This Session’s Queries

This tab contains the following folders:

  • This Session’s Queries — this folder lists all of the queries that you have performed in the current session.
  • Saved Queries & Alerts — this folder lists all of the queries and alerts that you have saved.

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 FINDit 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 RSS reader.

Using Find Journal

Many thousands of journals are available in our online collections. These be searched and browsed using a number of options.

Searching by Title

If you know the name of a journal you are seeking, then its possible to simply enter either the exact title or words from the title to discover if access is available through our collection.

It’s also possible to browse through the collection using the alphabetical A-Z links.

Find e-Journal Title Search

Using the Citation Linker

If you are looking for a specific article and already have some citation information such as article title, volume issue and page numbers, then Citation Linker can be a quick means of discovering whether its available in our online collections.

Find e-Journal Citation Linker

Checking Availability

Any of the previous searches will lead you to an availabilty screen, which offers links to full-text where available or checks whether print versions are held one of our libraries.

If neither of these are available, then you may still obtain a copy using the Inter-library Loan link offered. There may be a charge for inter-library loans.

Find e-Journal Availability Links