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RUQuest (English): Search tips

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

Search codes for quick search

Search for ... Search code Example
Author au: au:shakespeare
ISBN bn: bn:97814438984447
ISSN n2: n2:21695377
Series se: se:Loeb classical library
Subject su: su:islam
Title ti: ti:brief history of time
All words kw: kw:corporate social responsibility
Format x0: journal x0:jrnl
book x0:book
e-book x0:book + x4:digital
Person as subject  na: na:dickens
Year of publication yr: 1960 and earlier yr:-1960
1999 and after yr:1999-
1980 - 1983 yr:1980..3
Genre ge: ge:novel
Journals tk: tk:chemistry

Often-used combinations

Search for ... Example Extra info
Author's books au:eggers AND x0:book Also chapters of authors
Journals with title words ti:business ethics AND x0:jrnl  
E-journals with title words ti:business ethics AND x0:jrnl + x4:digital  
Books with title words ti:business ethics AND x0:book  
E-books with title words ti:business ethics AND x0:book + x4:digital  
Journals on a subject su:"business ethics" AND x0:jrnl Use quotes if your query consists of more than 1 word
Books on a subject su:"business ethics" AND x0:book


Combining search terms

  • It is possible to use AND, OR and NOT in your searches. Note: these must be written in capitals!
    You can choose AND, OR and NOT in an Advanced search
  • Use quotation marks ".." to do phrase searching
    Example:"european cities" returns European cities an not African cities and European conquest

Truncation and wildcards

  • * (asterisk): add to the end of a word to retrieve variant endings; search returns records with 0 or more characters in place of the truncation symbol
    connect* retrieves connect, connection, connectivity, etc.
  • # (pound sign): Replaces one character in a search
    wom#n retrieves woman and women
  • ? (question mark): replaces 0 to 9 unknown characters in a search term
    encyclop?dia retrieves encyclopedia and encyclopaedia

Other tips

  • Brackets (..) in your search terms caus an error. Other brackets {..} and [..] do not, they are ignored. A slash / in your search terms is taken in account though.
  • It is possible to search for a molecular formula such as CH3CH2OH