What type of documents can be retrieved via UGAL Index Portal?
UGAL Index includes documents in different formats available on homepage as well as in Results list on the right side. This way, users can save references or analyze bibliographical descriptions about books, articles, thesis, presentations, videos etc.
How do I create an account in UGAL Index?
Click on "Login" hyperlink and then on "Create new account". Fill the form by typing your personal details (first name, last name and e-mail address), choose a nickname and a password, retype the password and press "Submit". That’s it!
How do I conduct a basic search in UGAL Index?
Basic keyword search is the default search type. You can type in the text box one or more keywords and hit "Find" button. The catalog will perform a keyword search on all indexed fields (which is a default setting). Selecting a field type (author, title, subject etc.) from the drop-down menu placed on the right you will search only within that field and the catalog will perform the corresponding keyword search, e.g., author keyword, title keyword, etc.
How do I conduct an advanced search in UGAL Index?
Advanced search is the perfect choice when you have a complex topic in mind. It allows you to combine several types of keyword searches by selecting or not specific fields. The combination is possible if you select one of the boolean operators: ALL Terms=AND (which will return only records that match every search field; is the default setting), ANY Terms=OR (which will return any records that match at least one search field) and NO Terms=NOT (which will return all records except those mentioned in the search fields).
You can add additional search fields by pressing the "Add Search Field" button. You may use as many search fields as you wish. You can also set limits by language, format, location, collection, and date of publication.
What do the different fields search? (Title, Author, Subject, etc.)
If you select a specific field, the results will refer to the term(s) typed in the search box. For example, if you search for management AND finance and select "Subject" from the drop down menu, the catalog will return results for only those records which contain both "management" and "finance" in the subject field. If you do not specify a field, UGAL Index will return records which contain your search term(s) anywhere in the record.
What does it mean "faceted search"?
Facets are attributes of the retrieved data that you can use to narrow your search results. Facet options display on the UGAL Index results page, on the right under the heading "Narrow Search". The facet options are: sources, format, call number, author, language, genre, chronological term, region or year of publication.
What is the "Browse the catalog" feature?
Users are able to browse the catalog by exploring what the library has about topics, authors, genres etc. rather than being able to see a list of results. Users needn’t to type a subject or author.
For example, if you select "Author" from the drop down menu, at the next step you will have the option to browse authors by alphabetical, call number, topic etc. Once you’ve selected the second criteria, for example topic, a list of topics will be displayed. If you select a specific topic, a list of authors will be retrieved. In the end, if you select a specific author, the catalog will return a list of items linked to that author. So, you’re just moving up and down through a list of criteria in order to access a list of final results.
What is the "Browse Alphabetically" feature?
"Browse Alphabetically" feature allows users to see all of the subjects, authors, titles, and call numbers in your collection. Authors and subjects include cross-references extracted from authority data (lists of references by a specific author or subject).
How do I save my results?
Users are able to save the titles from both the search results page and from the record view page. They can use "Save to list" option for the records to be saved to lists created from a personal account. Another option is "Export record" when a specific record need to be saved to a reference manager software (RefWorks or EndNote web). If users choose the first option, the lists can be retrieved at any time in their personal account. As for reference manager software, Zotero can help users to save and store references in a specific collection.
How is the list of records arranged?
By default, the records are ordered by relevance. You cand select other option from drop down menu which meets best your needs: date descending, date ascending, call number, author or title.