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RUQuest (English): Article search

Searching for a known item using (a combination of) title and author keywords

From the University Library homepage:

Select the tab Articles.



You can search by author in the search box, by using the search key au:, for example:

ToelichtingMake sure you search for all name variants, e.g. au:Aiden Keath Woodbead OR au:Aiden K. Woodbead OR au:A.K. Woodbead


You can search by title in the search box, by using the search key ti:, for example:
ti:Time flies for Drosophila

For an overview of commonly used search keys, see the tab Search tips.

Can't find the article you need?
Try to find the journal in which your article
is published by using the eJournals A-Z. Then search for the article you need on the website of the journal. It is also possible that the article you need is present at the library in printed form. Look for the journal in RUQuest and request the correct volume of the journal.

(Digital Object Identifier, the unique number which helps you find full-text electronic publications quickly)

You can search for articles by DOI via eJournals A-Z (below the button). Select DOI in the drop-down menu.


Combining search terms

You can use operators to combine your search terms, to either narrow or broaden your set of results:

  • AND: all search terms must be present in the resulting records
  • OR: any of your search terms can be present in the resulting records
  • NOT: exclude terms from your search

Use quotation marks when you want to search for two or more words in exactly that order next to each other, i.e. a fixed phrase.

Getting (too) many results?
Use the left-hand menu filter option Material Type to further refine your search.

Clicking the Advanced Search link (top left, underneath the RUQuest logo) takes you to a form that allows a more controlled search.

  • On the left side choose Author or Title in the drop down box
  • On the right side enter your search terms

It is possible to combine search terms by using a second row. You'll be given a choice on how to combine your search terms.

  • AND: all search terms must be present in the resulting records
  • OR: any of your search terms can be present in the resulting records
  • NOT: exclude terms from your search

Need more rows? Click on the Add row button.

Using Phrase is not recommended: you will lose relevant results. It is better to use quotation marks when searching for a phrase.

Further down you can limit your search by selecting a Material Type, amongst other options.


Click on the title of an item to view the details. If an electronic version is available at Radboud University, click on Access Online or View full text.

Can't download the article? Please get in touch. Use Ask Your Librarian or visit your nearest library location.

If you are looking for a print article, search for the journal in RUQuest. If a printed version of a journal is available, click on it and scroll down to Availability at Radboud University. If if says Open Stacks under the Call Number column for the volume or issue you need. This means you can get the journal from the shelf yourself. Journals are available only for inspection, they cannot be borrowed.

This journal issue is accessible in the open stacks of the Central Library.

If you can not get the journal yourself, it says closed stacks (reference only). You can request the journal issue containing the desired article using the button Request item, on the right side under Access Options. Make sure to request the right volume or issue.

This journal issue is is in the depot (closed stacks, Dutch: 'magazijn'). You can request it for inspection.


No hits
You can choose to expand your search to libraries worldwide:

Found your desired item? You can request it:

Request outside RU

When you'd like to request an article or printed book that's not at the Radboud University, you can request it using the button Request item other libraries. More information on this webpage or in this guide.


Only available outside The Netherlands?

Requesting an item from outside The Netherlands is often possible as well, please see the page Request outside RU (ILL). However, this might take a long time and cost a lot more; you might consider submitting a recommended purchase.