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Search help

Search terms and search phrases

Search terms consist of one or more words. If no Boolean operators (see below) are specified, search terms for the search are linked by AND by default.

Example: building information modeling
This query finds all records containing the words "building", "information" AND "modeling" (including synonyms). Search phrases are enclosed in double quotes.

Example: "building information modeling"
This search query only finds records that contain the specified words in exactly this spelling and order.</pan>

The search suggests terms from controlled vocabularies that fit the user-entered characters. The list of suggestions can be navigated via the arrow key of the keyboard. The highlighted suggestion can be selected via the return key. Hitting the return key for the second time triggers the search.

Search term expansion

Search terms are automatically enriched with synononyms from controlled vocabularies. For example, when search for "CAD", the search will simulatenously search for the terms "computer-aided design" and the German term "rechnerunterstützter Entwurf". This query finds records that contain the term CAD as well as the synonyms.

The search can be triggered without search term expansion with one click directly on the search result page. The search will then only use the entered terms and the result list will be limited to records matching these terms.

Boolean operators and bracketing

The operators AND, OR and NOT can be used for the search. The operators are to be written in capital letters. If several operators are to be used in a search query, they must be logically separated from each other with brackets and used as a delimiter between all search terms.

Example: (city OR urban) AND point cloud AND NOT building
This query finds records with either "city" or "urban" and always "point cloud" but never "building".

Wildcards and truncation

Search terms can be modified by the wildcards asterisk (*) and question mark (?). ? stands for exactly one single character and * for any number of characters (including zero). These characters can be combined and used multiple times in a term. However, wildcards cannot be used in search phrases.

Example: ?im
This search query finds records that contain the words "bim" or "cim", for example.

Example: scan*
This search query finds records that contain words that have or begin with the string "scan".

Accessibility at your local library

The catalogue of FID BAUdigital does not support borrowing of titles. Many titles are directly accessible online, others can be retrieved from your local libaries or via interlibrary loans. To give you the best recommendation on how to access a title, we offer an accesibilty check. Depending on the search result, titles will be offered to you as downloads or you will be refered to the online catalogues of the FID BAUdigital partner institutions. If you are registerd to these services, you can borrow the title with your usual user account. If you are registered at a different library, you can check accessibilty at your local librabries via the link „Check availability in my library“. The link redirects you to an external service (hbz OpenURL Gateway), that identifies your local library via IP adress. Alternatively, you can provide any local library manually. The accessbility check will be done via a so called link resolver of the library you provided. In the best case scenario, the title will be found and information about local access and loaning capabilities is provided. In addition, the link resolver results usually contain information about interlibary loans or other supported document delivery services like subito. Document delivery services may charge fees.