The UHasselt Discovery Service offers both a simple and an advanced search function and displays search results based on relevance by default. The search platform immediately checks the availability of the found publications. If the electronic version is available in full text for UHasselt, you can directly access the publication by clicking on 'Full Text Online'. If the printed version is available in the University Library, you will also see the location (e.g., Campus Diepenbeek - Reading Room) and the call number (i.e., the location on the shelf).
The search results are automatically limited to publications available to UHasselt users. However, by checking the "Add results beyond your library's collection" filter, you can extend your search to records outside the library collection. If neither the electronic nor the printed version is available, the publication can be requested through interlibrary loan (ILL) from another library. Registered UHasselt staff can fill out a digital form via the 'Citation Online' link to make an ILL request. Students can only submit a request through the library desk.
Through the Discovery Service, UHasselt's central search interface, researchers and students can simultaneously explore numerous scientific information sources with a single search query. The key ones include:
The significant advantage is that you no longer have to search each database separately and can find a wealth of information in one search operation.
Please note that while the UHasselt Discovery Service allows you to query multiple scientific information sources with one search, not all databases are accessible through it.
For instance, the following (scientific) databases are (still) not accessible via the UHasselt Discovery Service: TaxWin Expert | Belga.press | MyNBN | the Buildwise (formerly WTCB)-publications | most legal databases: Jura | Strada lex | Jurisquare | monKEY...
In other words, the UHasselt Discovery Service is an essential tool for your search for scientific information, but it may not suffice if you need to compile an exhaustive bibliography.
The UHasselt Discovery Service is publicly available on the library website, but to gain full access to all search results and to link to all electronic content, it is necessary for the Discovery Service to recognize you as a person affiliated with UHasselt. This means that you need to be on campus to access all the features of the service. If you are working off campus, it is best to log in with your UHasselt credentials (option at the top right corner of the search screen or results screen).
Through a VPN connection (for staff), an EZproxy server (the links on the library website lead you through this route), or an institutional login (staff/students/emeriti), you can access many resources remotely, for example, at home or while traveling.
For quick and direct access to all scientific articles that Hasselt University has a license for, the browser extension 'LibKey Nomad' is also a user-friendly tool.
For more information, visit the webpage on Remote Access.
On the homepage of the library website, you will find a simple search bar that closely resembles Google.
In this search bar, you can enter one or multiple search terms (or the full title of a book, journal, or journal article).
If desired, you can also use a number of additional functions via 'Simple Search', such as boolean operators, truncation symbols, exact word combinations...
By clicking on the 'Advanced Search’, you will access a more sophisticated search interface, allowing you to refine your search results and make them more relevant.
On one hand, you have the option to limit your search to specific fields and/or combine search terms using AND, OR, or NOT operators. On the other hand, you can also narrow down the results list in advance by applying specific filters.
After launching the search query, you will be presented with the complete list of search results. By default, they are displayed based on relevance, but you can also choose a chronological order at the top.
The results will each show several bibliographic details, such as title, author(s), and abstract. Additionally, there are some other aspects to consider:
In the top right corner, you will find options to save the bibliographic reference to a folder, send it via email, or export it to your own document.
In the search results, the used search terms are displayed in bold.
The UHasselt Discovery Service may also provide a list of related articles. If recommendations are available for a specific record, you will find the link 'Related Articles' displayed at the bottom.
By clicking on the 'Related Articles' link, the link will have a darker background, and the recommendations will appear in the right column of the results page.
Please note that the related articles are based on usage and relevance, which means that some but not all items in the results list will have recommendations.
It is also important to mention that this service is not linked to UHasselt library holdings. In other words, the service provides valuable related article recommendations without checking whether these articles are actually accessible within UHasselt. It is our link resolver that will ultimately determine if, and where, an article is available.
If a recommended article is not available within UHasselt, the 'no holdings found' page will be displayed with alternative ways to obtain the article (such as interlibrary loan).
The UHasselt Discovery Service will automatically check the availability of electronic and/or printed versions of the found publications ('Check availability') when displaying the search results. Please note that you need to be logged in on campus to access all search results.
Here are the main possibilities:
You can effectively refine the list of search results by making wise use of the search filters in the left menu.
The main filters are located at the top left under 'Refine your search':
Below, you will find many other search filters. The options will adjust based on the search results:
You can combine filters. For example, you can search for eBooks (Content Type: Book / eBook) with fully available online content (Full Text Online).
Click here for more information about using the UHasselt Discovery Service ('Summon').
In the A-to-Z list, you can find an overview of all e-journals and e-books to which UHasselt has full-text access. There are separate tabs provided for e-journals and e-books, although both collections can also be searched together.
Each publication has at least one link to the electronic version. For the journals, it is also indicated which volumes you have access to and whether there is an embargo in effect.
In the A-to-Z list, you will find an overview of all electronic journals and books to which Hasselt University has full-text access.
You can limit your search to e-journals or e-books separately, although both collections can also be searched together.
You can search for journals and books by name or filter them by subject.
Each publication has at least one link to the electronic version.
For journals, the available access to specific volumes is indicated, as well as whether there is an embargo.
If the journal is peer-reviewed and/or open access, this is also indicated. Additionally, you have the option to conduct a search within that specific journal.
Please note that the A-to-Z list is freely available on the library website, but access to full-text content for many journal and e-book packages is restricted to individuals affiliated with UHasselt. So you must be on campus, log in via VPN (for staff) or via the EZproxy server (the links on the library website and in the A-to-Z list automatically lead you along this route). For more information about off-campus access, please visit the Remote Access webpage.
In the Anet-catalogue, you can choose between the options 'Quick search,' 'Simple search,' and 'Advanced search'. Only the results that are in bold are available in the University Library Hasselt. The screen with the full description of a title clearly indicates in which library(ies) the book or journal can be found and provides the precise shelf location.
If the electronic version is available in full text for UHasselt, the link will be displayed. If the printed version is available in the University Library, the shelf number indicating the exact location on our shelves will also be shown.
If there is no printed version available in UHasselt, registered staff members can fill out a digital form via the 'Document Request' button. Students can only submit a request through the library desk.
The Anet catalogue is a library catalogue that provides access to the holdings of the libraries within the Anet network. It includes books and journals, but not journal articles.
In this catalogue, you can find not only the books and journals available at Hasselt University Library but also those in the other Anet libraries. Anet consists of around twenty scientific libraries in Antwerp and Limburg that all use the same library system. Additionally, the catalogue includes all the journals available in Belgian scientific libraries.
Please note that only the search results displayed in bold are part of the UHasselt holdings.
The Anet catalogue is freely accessible on the library website, so you do not need to be connected to the UHasselt network.
You can choose between the options 'Quick Search,' 'Simple Search,' and 'Advanced Search.'
Depending on your search query, you may either see a screen with index terms or a concise overview of the found records. From there, you can click through to a screen with the full bibliographic description of a title.
The screen with the full bibliographic description of a title provides clear information about the availability of the specific book or journal: in which library(s) it can be found and what is the exact shelfmark?
There are three possibilities:
Example of a shelfmark in the Campus Library Diepenbeek: 591.1 SHER 2013
591.1 = UDC code (classification system)
SHER = First 4 letters of the author's name
2013 = Publication year
How to find a book:
If the obtained list of search results is still too extensive, you have two options to further refine it. You can either launch a new search query or use the Limit button to narrow down the list. Clicking on the 'Refine' button will take you to the search screen of 'Advanced search'. Here, you can search on multiple fields at once and set various filters (e.g., library, year of publication, language, etc.).
When you choose the 'Quick search' function, you will immediately be presented with these filters in the results screen.
It is possible to log in to the Anet catalog with a UHasselt account. By logging in, you gain access to a personal account where you can:
If you are less familiar with how the catalog is organized by subject, you can use a number of search trees. Search trees guide you through a set of keywords, starting from the general to the more specific.
The search history provides an overview of the search actions you have performed. By clicking on a search action, it will be executed again. Up to 25 search actions are recorded.
If you wish to save the titles from the obtained list of search results, you can click on the 'Save All' button or the 'Save Selection' button. All (or the selected) titles from the list will be saved in a (temporary) Saved List. This list can then be edited, printed, or sent by email.
The library's holdings extend beyond just the UHasselt Discovery Service, the A-to-Z list, and the Anet catalogue. You should also be able to conduct searches in the various databases to which UHasselt is subscribed (especially those databases not covered by the Discovery Service).
In most databases, link resolvers are used. They provide immediate access to the electronic version of found bibliographic references (if available for UHasselt) or offer alternative methods to obtain the publication (e.g., via interlibrary loan).
Below you will find some manuals that provide more information on how to use specific databases. If available, you will find a link to (online) help pages, tutorials, or videos for the sources in the E-sources list.
In most bibliographic databases, link resolvers are used, commonly known as "link resolvers." They provide immediate access to the electronic version of found bibliographic references (if available for UHasselt) or offer alternative methods to obtain the publication (e.g., via interlibrary loan).
The link is always indicated by the same icon:
Example from Web of Science:
Example from MathSciNet (via the 'Article'-link):
Example from Avery:
Citation data often play a crucial role in literature research. In databases such as Web of Science and Google Scholar, search results immediately indicate whether these documents are cited by other (more recent) publications ('cited by...'). By clicking on the citation, you can access the citing publications, which may also be relevant to your research.
Citation data are frequently used (sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly) as an indication of the quality of journals or scientific output (see the webpage: Evaluating the quality of information).
This database provides an overview of the scientific publications of the researchers, research groups, and institutes of Hasselt University.
In addition to the publications of the researchers, as many full-text documents as possible are included in this database. It also contains the theses and doctoral dissertations of the university.
You will find more information on how to use the Document Server in this manual.