FindUT Tips & Tricks

FindUT is an application that can be used as first search tool for all content in the University Library Collection. It contains (e)-journals, articles, databases, books and more, with the option to expand your search worldwide.  FindUT automatically provides access to all UT-subscribed content.  
For a more systematic subject search we advise to use Google Scholar or Scopus, while the Databases A-Z list provides direct access to frequently used databases. 

When using Google Scholar, please turn on the “library links” in order to get access to the subscribed content via FindUT. Furthermore, install the Lean Library Plugin, which will also let you know when access to subscribed content can be given. This browser plugin guarantees off-campus access to all (full-text) digital sources of the library.

  • FindUT Tips & Tricks
    • Use the filters in the left menu: e.g. Year, Topic, Language, Format to narrow your search.  
    • Extend your search to 'Libraries in the Netherlands' or 'Libraries Worldwide' to look beyond the UT collection. You can request items from another library via the ILL form
    • Click on a title to find details like availability and how to reserve a book or access a journal or e-book. 
    • Use the share button for sharing interesting search results.
    • In 'My Account' users can see reservations, current loans and (if enabled) previously borrowed books 
    • Use the ‘report a broken link’ button to notify the library backoffice about access errors. report a broken link 

    Check out this video on how to search and request items via FindUT:

  • Advanced search tips

    While searching in FindUT, you can improve your search results: 

    • Use Boolean operators: AND, OR and NOT. 
      Always spell Boolean terms in capitals to distinguish from search terms. To determine the order in which the Boolean operators are used, use parentheses.
      Example: (program OR application) AND (measure OR calculate)
    • Use Quotation marks to find an exact phrase. Example: “air quality”
    • Use Truncation (*) or Wildcards (? or #).
      Example: process* to find process, processes, processed, etc. Example: wom#n or wom?n finds both women and woman
    • Select a specific index by using a prefix.
      Example: ti: air quality searches for titles with the words air and quality. Example: au:smith ti:blend* searches for authors Smith and titles with Blend.
      With prefix ti= you find titles beginning with the search word. Example: ti=nature 

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