Search tips

When you want to search using the library’s Search system, you type the words into the search box you think will return the best result and click the ‘Search’ button. It makes no difference if you enter the keywords in uppercase or lowercase letters.

Use: Example:
*

Add an asterisk to the end of a word, in order to search multiple inflections or word-ending variations.

aesthetic* (will find aesthetic, aesthetics, aesthetical, aestheticism, etc.)
*

An asterisk can replace multiple letters.

behavi*r (will find both behavior and behaviour)
?

If you are unsure about a single letter in a word, use a question mark as a substitute for the letter.

su?anne br?gger
" "

Write the words inside quotation marks if you want to search for multiple words as a fixed phrase.

"lord of the rings"

Other tips:

If you enter multiple words into the search box an AND will automatically be placed between the words.
But you can also use the following:

Use: Example:
NOT

Write NOT in front of any word you do not want to include in your search and the results will filter out all items containing that word.

pendulum NOT eco
OR

Write OR between words that are equivalent if you have multiple words that are equally applicable, i.e. where items that include either/any of the words are relevant.

bulimia OR "eating disorder"


See also more advanced search tips

Sorted by relevance

When you make searches on library.au.dk, the search results are sorted by relevance.


Sorting by relevance means that we are trying to rank the search result with respect to where the keywords you enter appear in the description of the material, in combination with other parameters such as the year, for example.

We give greater relevance to words which appear in titles, author names, and keywords, and even greater if the search word is an exact match for a title or name. Newer titles get higher relevance than older.


For articles, we don’t always determine the relevance ourselves (this is a service we buy), but here the presence of information ABOUT the article (i.e. title, authors, keywords) will outweigh information IN the article (such as words in the body text, including references). We also try to strike a balance which gives books a relatively higher weight than articles.