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PPUC Search User Guide

Home page and simple search

The home page presents a search box for a quick search. The search terms you enter will be searched for in all fields (e.g. title, author, year, etc.). Use quotation marks for phrases (e.g. "public relations"). Use the wildcard ? to match a single unknown character (e.g. wom?n), or * to match any number of unknown characters respectively (e.g. wom*). Note that wildcards are not permitted within phrases. The system will search for records matching all entered search terms (other Boolean operators than AND are available in the advanced search).

The "Publications" tab allows you to browse all publications directly.

Advanced search options

Press "Show advanced options" to access the dropdown lists used for building advanced search queries. First select the field you wish to use and then use the second dropdown to combine different search terms using Boolean operators. The following operators are available: AND, OR, NOT, “exact phrase” and *.

By default, the system is set to "match all" the search terms you enter (Boolean operator AND). A search query using the OR operator will search for any of the terms in the box, whereas the NOT operator will exclude any results matching the term. The two other options – “Exact search” and * – work as described in the previous section.

List of publications

Clicking the "Publications" tab or executing a search will take you to a list of publications, presenting you the whole database or your search results in a list.

In the right column, there are several filters that allow you to further fine-tune your search. Click the filter, for instance "Publication type", to get a list of available publication types. When you select one, the list of publications will shrink to fit this new criterion.

Above the filters, you can see your current search query, including applied filters. Since it is divided into blocks, you can remove parts of the query to broaden the list of results in case.

In the list of publications, you will find a short reference for each publication. To view a full, detailed record of the publication, follow the “View Details”-link.

For your convenience, there are also several sorting options available. Each of the sorting options can be set to either descending or ascending by clicking on the arrow symbols.

Options for exporting and embedding can be found at the bottom of the menu on the right side. Clicking one of the export options – RTF, BibTeX, RIS, JSON, YAML – will create a file of the references currently in the results list in the selected format.

The embedding function allows you to generate a snippet of code that you can use on any web page to embed a defined list of publications. The code generated will be use the filters and search terms that have been selected. Three types of code snippets are available : JS (javascript), iframe and link.

Full record view

In the full record view, the publication is presented with abstract and full bibliographical details. Some of the information is clickable and can be used to perform a search using the term as a filter.

If the publication has a fulltext document attached, a link and a thumbnail of the first page of the document will be displayed. Open access documents are marked with a green open padlock and can be downloaded.

On the right hand side there is a tick-box which can be used to collect a list of records you find interesting. The Marked list can be accessed and exported by following the Marked publications-link visible in the detailed record view.

At the bottom you will find the bibliographic record in BibTeX and RIS format.