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FiNDit Search Help

Advanced Searching

The Advanced Search interface in databases helps you to narrow down your search as it allows you to search for results that match information in specific fields. Search fields (Title/Author/Subject etc.) and filters (Material/Language/Date etc.) help you to lay down parameters for your search and bring you more precise results.

 

Note: Most databases include a simple search function and advanced search function. Simple search consists of a single box for entering keywords which will then be searched in most fields of the database records. An advanced search function has multiple boxes, allowing you to enter keywords to search specific fields of the database records:


 

Use the following options in FiNDit Advanced Search to refine your results:

: Image shows what fields provide Boolean options within the FiNDit advanced search feature.

The Find Item feature allows you find a specific journal article, journal or book by citation information.
For best results, include a title, ISSN (journals), ISBN (books), DOI (journal article) or PMID (PubMed unique identifier).

Screen shot displaying the fetch item (citation linker) page in FiNDit. Find a specific journal article, journal or book by citation information. For best results include the title, ISBN, ISSN, DOI or PMID.

Citing, Exporting and Linking

FiNDit can generate a citation in the referencing styles used at Notre Dame (APA, Chicago, & AGLC). 

Use the Cite option in the shortcut menu as higlighted in red below, then select your referencing style.

All citations should be checked for accuracy before including them in your work. Refer to the referencing guides for more information.

search result screen, cite shortcut highlighted

To export individual records to Refworks click the ellipsis (...) next to the item record and then select the Refworks icon.

item record, refworks highlighted

To export multiple records, save them to your favourites, select the relevant saved items and then use the ellipsis at the top of the saved records page to export as a batch.

To export individual records to EndNote click the ellipsis (...) next to the item record and then select the EndNote icon. Then select download.

item record, endnote shortcute highlighted

To export multiple records, save them to your favourites, select the relevant saved items and then use the ellipsis at the top of the saved records page to export as a batch.

To share a link to a resource in FiNDit click the ellipsis (...) next to the item record and then select the permalink.

You can copy the permalink to the record and share this with others.

item record, linking function highlighted.

Saving, Alerts, Requests & Recommendations

FiNDit allows signed-in users to save found records for subsequent sessions.

To access My Favourites, click on your name in the top right hand corner of FiNDit. After a record has been saved, this page allows users to view, delete, and label records.

my favourites

Saving item records

1. Perform a search

2. Click the Pin button next to the item that you want to save in the search results. The system highlights the item, changes the icon to the Pinned icon and adds the item to the My Favorites page.

item record, pin icon highlighted

Saving multiple records or a page of results

1. Select the check box that appears above the entire list to select all items on the page.

2. After you have selected your items, select the Pin icon that appears above the list of results on the left hand side of to save all selected items to My Favorites.

search results, pin multiple highlighted

If you can't find the item you are looking for in FiNDit, you can request it as an interlibrary loan or recommend it for purchase.

Note that undergraduate students are not eligible for the interlibrary loan service.

All students and staff can recommend resources for purchase.

FiNDit allows signed-in users to receive email alerts when there is an update to the saved search query, for example when new resources are published.

To set an alert: 

1. Enter your search terms

2. Select 'Save Query' 

saving a query

3. Select turn on notifications for this query

query notifications

4. Check your email details are correct

To cancel or modify an alert:

1. Once signed in, click on your name in the top right hand corner of the screen

2. Select My Favourites

3. Select the Saved Searches tab to display all of your search results

4. Click the Alert Query button that appears next to the search to cancel your alert

cancelling an alert