Tips for searching and browsing the Online Catalogue

Search tips

Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT

In a Simple Search several keywords are automatically linked with "and". It is recommended to use Boolean operators to link a number of keywords with each other for the purpose of an Advanced Search.

AND: All keywords you enter must be in the document.

OR: Only one of the keywords needs to be in the document. This function expands your search and is recommended if different descriptors exist for one particular topic.

Client OR Customer


Client NOT Customer

Boolean operators also work for the Advanced Search. They can be used to combine different search words within the search field. For example, the following search will yield all documents by an author called Smith for the years 2002 or 2003.

Author: Smith
Year: 2002 OR 2003

Placeholders / Wildcards

If you are not sure how to spell a keyword, for example a name, or if you want to expand your search, you may use * and ? as wildcards. However, you cannot use them at the beginning of your keyword.

Example #1: "Libra*" yields Library, "bibliograph" yields bibliographic, as well.
Example #2: "Ma?er" er" yields "Mayer", "Maier" but also "Mager" and "Maler"

You can also use quotation marks to search for phrases.


All publications are put into different categories. For example, you can search for the latest documents, the publications of a Chair, the documents of a series or publications that were published by the University of Bamberg Press.

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