In basic search, your query is carried out in all parts of the record (author, title, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, shelf number, classification code, etc.), even in abstracts if available and, in some cases, in full texts. The Basic Search search box is included on almost all Freie Universität library webpages and, for Freie Universität students, on Blackboard.
If no Boolean operators are included in a query, Primo will return results that contain all terms used.
Example: bergson materie 1908
Allowed operators are AND, OR, and NOT (in capitals). UND, ODER, and NICHT are also recognized. If no Boolean operators are included in a query, Primo will return results that contain all terms used. Be sure to type operators in capital letters because the words 'and,' 'or,' and 'not' are eliminated from all queries.
Example: honey bee OR honigbiene
Example: ernest hemingway NOT mann meer
When using more than one operator, parentheses are recommended:
Example: (tsunami AND asia*) NOT (japan OR fukushima)
Search terms can be truncated. That means that you can specify a word base and add an asterisk (*) to replace any number of letters. At least two letters must preceed the asterisk.
Use the question mark (?) in order to replace exactly one letter.
Wildcard characters at the beginning of a word will have no effect. (Example: ?entralblatt will be treated as 'entralblatt' – not 'Centralblatt' or 'Zentralblatt').
Queries with more than eight truncated terms will be blocked.
Example: Sklave* → Sklave, Sklaven, Sklaverei, Sklavenhandel, Sklavenwirtschaft, etc.
By enclosing search terms in quotation marks, you can limit your search to results that contain exactly those words in exactly that order.
Example: "Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft"
Advanced Search gives you more control than Basic Search. Up to seven search boxes can be used. Boolean operators can be selected from a menu. Boolean operators regulate the way in which search terms are combined. Again, scope selection is possible (FU Catalog, Articles+, etc.).
Specify whether the term you are using should be part of the author, title, or publisher information. You will obviously get more relevant results.
Example: Author/creator contains "Bergson" AND Title contains "Materie" + Material type (filter): Books
Use this setting to find exact phrases (see above).
Alternative: use quotation marks.
Example for a titIe search: "To be or not to be"
Example for an author search: "William Shakespeare"
For title searches, search type "starts with" allows you, for instance, to find very short journal titles more easily.
Example: Spiegel (with Journals filter)
In order to preclude redundant results, apply the filters for Material Type, Language, and Publication Date in the right part of the search form.