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I can't find an article, book, database etc in FindMore@NUSL. But I think we have it. What do I do?

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2012  |  182 Views

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FindMore@NUSL searches through millions of items and this can sometimes making looking for known items such as a specific book (e.g Animal Farm) , database (eg. JSTOR) or journal title (e.g. Journal of Sociology) difficult. 

While the relevance algothrim of FindMore@NUSL tends to handle such specific searches nicely pushing the specific item you want to the top few entries, occasionally you may get  book reviews, journal articles, Newspapers on top instead when all you want is the book or journal.

One general rule is to select "Items in the library catalog" to reduce the result set to what you usually find in the catalogue LINC, i.e books (e.g Animal Farm), journal titles (e.g Journal of Sociology) . This is particularly useful if you are not interested in specific journal articles (e.g "Collyer, F. (2012). Sociology, sociologists and core-periphery reflections. Journal of Sociology") or specific newspaper articles.

Lastly you can always use the classic catalogue LINC for most known item searches except article search.

More specifics.

Finding a specific book title - e.g Animal Farm

  • Limit your results to Book/eBooks content type facet
  • Use the advanced search together with "With these words in the title" and "Written/created by:" if the title is common

Finding a specific journal - e.g Journal of Sociology - record with links to ejournal homepage and listing of print volumes available

Finding a specific database - e.g JSTOR

  • Sometimes the result you want is found at the top under recommendation
  • There is no database facet but usually selecting  "Items in the library catalog" will remove other results and push the database entry to the top.


Finding a specific journal article - e.g Collyer, F. (2012). Sociology, sociologists and core-periphery reflections. Journal of Sociology

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