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RUQuest (English): A-Z list

This guide is currently being updated to correspond to the new interface of RUQuest. Some terms and screenshots might reflect the older version.

A-Z list

Account: See My account

Administration costs: After a 2nd request to return a book, €18 in administration costs will be charged. See website Loan period

Advanced search:

Use this option to search more specifically by narrowing down your search.

It is possible to combine search terms by filling in the search boxes beneath it as well. If you need more search boxes, click + Add row. You can combine search boxes with operators:

AND: all search terms have to be included.
OR: At least one of the search terms has to be included.
NOT: The search term after NOT cannot be included.

For example, au:hemingway AND ti:”the old man and the sea”

You can further refine your search by clicking Search Tools.

Article search:

Via the University Library homepage:
Select the tab Articles

- Directly in RUQuest after performing a search

Check the box article left below the Format menu.

- Directly in RUQuest via Advanced search
Select Article in Format

- Via eJournals A-Z 
(below the Links button in RUQuest).

Author: See "Search by author".

Author Phrase: Try to use double quotation marks. For example: au:”Benders Jos” instead of au=Benders, Jos.

Author search:

- Quick: 
Type au: in the search bar first, then add the author’s last name. It isn’t case sensitive. For example: au:Hawking.

- Or select Advanced search

Availability: A book with the status ‘available’ is present but not always available for loan. See Reference only or Not for loan.

Blocking of your borrower account: Your account will be blocked if you do not return a book 7 days after you receive an email with the request to return it. You will not be able to request, reserve or borrow any more books. You can still search, and you keep access to the digital library (eBooks and eJournals). See webpage Loan period

Book search:

- Via the University Library homepage:


- Directly in RUQuest
After a search check the box book below the Format menu on the left.

- Directly in RUQuest via Advanced search 
Select Book in Format

Boolean operators: See Operators.

Borrowing: See website Borrowing.

Change interface language: You can change the language at the bottom of each page:

Change email address: You can only change your email address for ILL and My Saved Searches.
1) Log in with your U-, S- or Z-number and password first.

2) Click My Communication Preferences.


3) Add an alternate e-mail address and click 'Save Information'


Change password in My account: This button is only meant for external users without an S-, U- or Z-number. Students and employees of RU/Radboudumc can change their password via the ICT-shop.

Checked-out (currently on loan): The book has been borrowed. However, you can still reserve it via this button: 

Citation style: If you want to export or cite an article, you can choose the citation style from the drop-down menu. You will see this menu when clicking on export. Also see Exporting.

Closed stacks: Publications are not in the open stacks and have to be requested via the button:  

Combining search terms: Use Operators to combine search terms (use upper case!)

AND: all search terms have to be included.
OR: At least one of the search terms has to be included.
NOT: The search term after NOT cannot be included.

For example, au:Hemingway AND ti:”the old man and the sea”

DOI: Digital Object Identifier, the unique number which helps you find full-text electronic articles quickly. You can search for articles by DOI via eJournals A-Z (below the  button). Select DOI in the drop-down menu.

Download articles: Click this button: It may occur that you don’t land on an article directly. You may have to search a second time within a journal or the publisher’s website.

Editions and formats: Via the button  you will find every available edition. Editions can be filtered by library, format, year and language.

eBook search:

- After a search action in RUQuest, check the box eBook below format.
- When filling in RUQuest’s advanced-search screen, select eBook in format.

- Via eJournals A-Z (under the button in RUQuest). Then select search for eBooks.

eBooks are only listed under the Radboud University filter. Note! You will not find eBooks if you check one of the options listed below Radboud University.

eJournals A-Z: Click the button in the top right and select eJournals A-Z.

You can search for, or browse through, a journal-title in the A-Z journals list (see Searching journals).

E-mail address: See 'Change e-mail address'

Email a search result: You can mail the description of a publication to yourself or someone else.

Exact search: Use double quotation marks if you want to search for exact terms, in a fixed order, for example with a term such as “climate change” that consists of 2 words.

Export to reference managers:
1 result
In the list of results, and in the details of a result, you will find the following buttons:

Select Export, select a citation style and click Export to your reference manager of choice. If your reference manager doesn’t occur in the list, you can export your result as a .ris file that can be uploaded to your reference manager.

Multiple results
1) Add the desired search results under My items by clicking the star with every search result.

2) The search result will be under  Click on My items to select items. You can then export them (or mail them) in the same way as with 1 result.

External users with a library card: Outside visitors can borrow, request and reserve all printed publications after logging in. (See Logging in for outside visitors). For access to the digital library see Guest login.

Filter options: Your search results can be narrowed down by Library, Content, Format, Database, Author, Year, Language and Subject. The top 6 will be shown. Click on Show more for an extensive overview. Using the filter options Database and Topic may result in a loss of relevant results.
If you checked Selected filters, the filters will be saved for a follow-up search within the same session. If you do not want to use filters anymore use the reset button.


Fines: Fines for returning books too late have been abolished per January 1st, 2019. You can still receive a charge for €18 in administration costs if you do not respond to a return request. See webpage Loan period

Foreign requests: See webpage Borrow from other libraries (ILL)

Full text: The entire publication is available online. Select Full text under content in the filter menu to the left to narrow your search down to publications that are entirely available online.

Grouping related editions: If the box for group editions (top left) is not checked, all editions of a book will appear in the list of results. If the box is checked, only the most recent edition that the University Library has will appear in the list of results. The box is checked by default:

Guest login: Use this to gain access to the digital library on campus if you are not affiliated with Radboud University. The guest login is available at the service desks of library locations upon production of a valid library card or ID. Note! This only works on campus PCs. See website Access digital library

Gymnasion: A closed stacks location. See Closed Stacks.

ILL: See website Borrow from other libraries

ILL Requests: The marked fields have to be checked or selected:


ISBN-ISSN search: Select ISBN or ISSN in the drop-down menu via Advanced search.

Journal search:

- Via the University Library homepage:

- Directly in RUQuest:
After performing a seach, check Journal, Magazine under Format.


- Directly in RUQuest via Advanced search. 
Select magazine under format.


- Via the eJournals A-Z search window
Can be found under Links in RUQuest. Note: You will not find printed journals this way!

Keyword: Searching by keywords is not the same as searching by subject. If you search by keyword you will get results that have the word somewhere in the description (title, author, subject, summary). The search code is kw. Example: kw:ecosystem

Language: you can change the language at the bottom of each page:

Law eBooks Dutch eBooks can also be found via the database Rechtsorde

Law Library: See website Library locations.

Learning Zone Social Sciences: See website Learning Zone.

Lendable: The publication is available for borrowing.

Library card: See website Library card.

Library (filter): In the menu on the left under Library, Radboud University is checked by default. You can narrow down a search by checking a library location under Radboud University. Note! You will only see printed books and magazines after this. eBooks and other formats such as articles will not be incorporated in your search. You can expand your search by checking Libraries in the Netherlands or Libraries worldwide.

Library of Medical Sciences: See website Library locations

Library of Science: See website Library locations

Library locations: See website Library locations

Loan history: RUQuest does not save any information about your previous loans and requests because of privacy regulations.

Loan period: See website Loan period

Logging in for RU employees and students: You have to be logged in to borrow, request, reserve and to make personal lists.

1) Click Log in in the top right 

2) Select Log in with your S- or U-number (Radboud University students and employees) or Log in with your Z-number (Radboud university medical center)

3) Log in with your S-, U- of Z-number and password.

If logging in fails, contact us via Ask Your Librarian or visit one of our Library locations

Logging in for external users with a library card: Click Log in in the top right and select the option Log in with your personal email address (external users). Fill in your email address and click Reset password with the first use. With the password you receive by mail you can log in at RUQuest.

Logging in as a guest: If you are not a RU employee or student or if you do not have a library card, you do not need to log in. Select Continue as guest. This option is limited to searching. You cannot borrow and you do not have access to the digital library.

Make a list: See My personal lists. 

My (library) account: After logging in you can see your name in the top right. Click it and select My account. You will see an overview of your borrowings ('checked out'), reservations ('requested'), fees, saved searches and profile. You will also find an option to renew borrowed publications. This happens automatically and you do not have to do it yourself. Also see the website Loan period.


​​My ILL request: After logging in you will see your name in the top right. Select My ILL requests and you will see an overview of your ILL requests. Note! E-books cannot be requested from other libraries.


My items: By clicking the star you save hits; the star will turn blue. The number of saved hits will appear in the red bar below the button with your name behind my items.  If you click it, a list of saved results will appear, which can be mailed, exported and deleted without logging in. After logging in you can also add them to a new personal list that you can create or move them to a list made previously. If you do nothing and the session stops, you will lose your saved items. You can save a maximum of 100 items on your list.

My personal lists:
Checking your personal lists:
Log in and click your name. Select my personal lists from the list.







Creating a personal list:

1. Log in (also possible in step 3).
2. Save the hits you want to keep. (you can also make a selection later)

3. Click my items in the red bar 

4. Click Create list 

5. Fill in a list name
6. Move the privacy slider to 'Shared' if you wish to share your list.

7. Click Save.
8. If you chose shared, you will receive a link that you can send to people you want to share the list with.

Note! Exporting an entire personal list is usually not possible. However, emailing is possible!

My saved searches: See Saved searches.

Nijmegen School of Management MSc: See website Nijmegen School of Management.

Not for loan: The publication is not available for borrowing, only for reference.

No results: Check the spelling of your search terms and your filters. You can also expand your search to Libraries worldwide and request your item from another library. See website Borrow from other libraries.



OCLC-Number OCN = request number: each publication has a unique number in RUQuest. You can also search by this number. For example: no:(783229660).

Open access: Publication available online for free to everyone. If you check open access under Content in the menu to the left, you will only see open access items.

Open stacks: You can retrieve the publication yourself from the indicated location.

Open stacks (reference only): You can retrieve the publication yourself, but it cannot be borrowed. It is only for reference.

Operators: You can combine search terms with these. Note! Only use upper case.

AND: all search terms have to be included.
OR: At least one of the search terms has to be included.
NOT: The search term after NOT cannot be included.


Phrase: Use Phrase to search for an exact combination of words. To ensure that you get the desired results use double quotation marks. For example: “Moby Dick”.

Peer Reviewed: Select Peer Reviewed under Content in the menu to the left. This way, you select articles that have gone through the peer-review process. This means that they are assessed by experienced scientists from the concerning field.

Personal lists: See My personal lists.

Permalink: If you click the button   a URL to the link of the item will be shown. You can share this link by copying it and emailing it or pasting it in a document.

Pick-up location: Library location where you can collect or return books. Note! Not all materials can be collected anywhere. They may only be available for reference at their ‘home location’. This goes for journal binders and items from special collections. When materials have to be transported to another location it may take a few days before they are available for pick-up. You will receive a notification when they are available.

PMID: Pubmed Identifier. Via eJournals A-Z (under the button Links in RUQuest) you can search for articles on PMID as well by selecting an ID from the drop-down menu (ISSN by default) and filling in a PMID in the search box next to it.

Publication not available in the Netherlands: See website Borrow from other libraries.

Radboud Repository: This is a database with scientific publications from the Radboud University. These publications can also be found in RUQuest. The availability of a full text is indicated by Open Access.

It’s possible to filter by results from Radboud Repository by selecting show more and checking Radboud Repository in the left menu below Library.

Rechtsorde: Search engine for full text Dutch legal literature. See Rechtsorde database.

Reference only: The publication is not available for borrowing, only for reference.

Refine search:

- Sort by: dropdown menu
- Group editions that belong together. See Group editions.
Refining search results: see Filter options

Renewal: See website Loan period.

Request number: See OCLC number

Request and reserve: See Reservations & requests

Request item from other libraries (ILL):  If a publication is not available at RU, it may be possible to request it elsewhere in the Netherlands by clicking this button:See ILL request. For requesting publications that are not available in the Netherlands, see webpage  Borrow from other libraries (ILL) 

Request a volume of print journal that is not indicated on the screen: Choose Special request and fill in which year and volume you need under Item description/comments. Also see Reservations and requests.

Request item: Red button that you can use to reserve or request publications. See the reservations and requests tab.

Request item other libraries: Red button that you can use to request publications for other libraries in the Netherlands. See website Borrow from other libraries (ILL) . 

Reservations and requests: When a book is currently borrowed you can reserve it.
When you find a book in RUQuest you can request it. Both actions are via the button

1) Click the red button ​Request item.
2) Log in.
3) I need... *: select the desired item. If the volume you want to reserve is not present in the case of a magazine, select Special request and indicate which year, volume and instalment you want to reserve under Item description/comments.
4) I want to collect from*: select the location where you want to pick up the publication here.
NOTE: books can be brought to any library location. Articles and magazines are only available for reference at the location itself! This is despite the ability to select a location. You will get a notification when requested publications are ready for pickup.

5) When do I need it (optional): here you can indicate whether you want to reserve a book at a later time (start date), and when the reservation ends (end date). Note: when someone reserves the same item earlier, that reservation has priority! Furthermore, you have the ability to indicate when, in the indicated period, you are unable to pick up the requested publication.
6) Click send.

Return request: A request via email to return a reserved book within a week. See website Loan period.

Save search: Log in and click Save search top left. You can find saved searches by clicking on Saved searches top right

Saved searches: After logging in, you can click Saved searches in the red bar. You can also click on your name in the top right and select My saved searches from the drop-down menu.

Saving a hit: click on  (bottom right of each hit) The star will turn blue. Hits saved in this way will appear on a temporary list when clicking on the My items button. If you want to save them, see Creating a personal list. My items disappear when closing the browser or after a period of inactivity.

Article: see Article search
Author: see Author search
Books: see Book search
eBook: see eBook search
Journals: see Journal search
Subject: see Subject search

Search history: You cannot save your search history; you can save your search when logged in. See Save search.

Search keys: See the search tips tab.

Search tips: See the search tips tab.

Series: Parts of a series can be found with search key SE: For example: se:Loeb classical library.

Sorted by: See Sorting search results.

Sorting search results: Results are sorted by relevance (best match) by default. Other suitable sorting options are by date (newest first) or date (oldest first).

Special request: See Request volume of a print journal that is not indicated on the screen

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Subject search: Searching by subject is not the same as searching by keyword. When searching by subject you search within subjects assigned to publications. Not all publications have assigned subjects.

- Quick: place the index label su: before search terms. For example, su:”business ethics”. Use double quotation marks when searching for a subject/term that consists of multiple words.

- Advanced: Click on Advanced search and select subject.