The default search mode is Basic Search in the local index. In it you can search for Jyväskylä University Library’s books, journals, theses, etc. The alternative, International e-material search, searches in the central indexes of different service providers. Use it, for example, if you need a limited number of articles on your topic. For the most part this guide also applies to International e-material search.

A particular book, thesis or journal

  • In basic search the default is all JYU’s materials. If you first choose Books or Journals in the drop-down menu, the search result will be more accurate. Either Finnish or English can be used as search language.
  • When you start writing the book or journal title in the search box, the system begins to offer you alternatives among which you may almost at once find those you are looking for. Then choose the title from the list:
A search for particular item
  • If the title you are looking for is not offered automatically, write the full name of the book or journal: discourse analysis or use * (asterisk) to truncate the search word cognitive*. Enclosing the title in quotation marks, e.g. "discourse analysis", usually returns a more accurate search result.
  • Clicking on the title you will be taken from the search results to the actual book or journal record. The location, availability, and the option for checking whether the book can be reserved are shown at the bottom of the screen.
  • Clicking on Export record you can export the book reference to RefWorks bibliography manager. Check the reference carefully..


Basic search

  • Write the author’s name in the search form. Enclosing the name in quotation marks, "borges jorge luis" or "jorge luis borges", usually gives a more accurate search result, as does choosing the material type, e.g. Books.
  • You can also search by corporate author "jyväskylän yliopisto".
  • If you only know the author’s surname, we recommend you to combine it with any word in the book title. You will perform a more accurate search by enclosing both the author and the word in quotation marks: "atwood" "lady".
Search by author
  • You can refine your search results using filters in Narrow search on the right-hand navigation pane and rearranging them in Sort drop-down menu.

Advanced search

In advanced search you can narrow down your search choosing author field: "borges jorge luis"

Advanced search by author

In advanced search you can also combine the author search with words describing your topic.

Refine search results with Narrow search filters.

Sort search results in Sort drop-down menu.

Subject search

Basic search

  • In basic search the default is in all JUL’s materials. In materials drop-down menu you can choose to narrow down your search e.g. to theses only
  • Enter words that describe your topic in the search form. To choose Finnish words you can use the online version of YSA (Finnish General Thesaurus).
  • When you want to search for an exact word, enclose it in quotes: "neuropsychology".
  • If you use multiple search words in a row, eg. feminis* histor*, the system combines them automatically with Boolean operator AND. This returns a list of references beginning with those that include all the words you searched for. To truncate search words use truncation mark * (asterisk).
Truncating words in search
  • Refine search results with Narrow search filters on the right-hand navigation pane.
  • Rearrange search results in Sort drop-down menu.

Advanced search

  • Advanced search searches in all JUL’s materials.
  • Enter words that describe your topic in the search box. All fields search will search for occurrences in all the words anywhere in the documents. With the Fields drop-down menu you can narrow down your search so that the words are only searched e.g. in the title or topic of a book or thesis.
  • To search for an exact word, put it in quotes: "neuropsychology".
  • You can combine search words with Boolean operators to form phrases:
Combining search fields
  • When there is an OR operator between search terms, either or both of them may appear in the search result, whereas words or phrases in separate search rows will be combined with AND operator. In this search example, then, references would be returned where either climate warming or climate change is always combined with Finland.
  • Refine search results with Narrow search filters on the right-hand navigation.
  • Rearrange search results in Sort drop-down menu.

Subject-specific databases

You can do subject-specific searches In JYKDOK using International e-material search, when you need a limited number of articles. Systematic and specific searches on particular disciplines should preferably be made in discipline-wise databases. They offer subject-specific help such as vocabularies and thesauri, age groups (e.g. infancy, aged), methodology (e.g. field study, interview), defining material type (e.g. review), etc.

When you know the database name, e.g. ERIC, MLA, search with it and choose it from the menu.

If you do not know the database name, you can search for a list of subject-related databases by entering the subject such as economics or health sciences, and choosing Database from the menu.

Searching for subject-spesific databases

The results list may include different types of discipline-specific databases such as reference databases, article databases and reference materials. You will be taken from the list to the database’s own user interface. Full texts of articles, books, and other documents are available at the workstations within the university network area, providing JUL has a license to use these resources.

Basic Search

The default is to search in JYKDOK materials, i.e. against all materials in the local index. You can also limit your search to a particular material type only by choosing it from the suggestions menu:

Searching by material type
  • Journals in JUL collections.
  • Databases - Discipline-specific and multi-discipline reference, journal, and other databases whose own user interfaces enable the most diverse and thorough searches.
  • Advanced Search

    Boolean operators by search groups.

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    • Title: book, journal, or other title: "nature"
    • Author: person or corporate author; "virtanen matti"; "university of michigan"
    • Subject: descriptive or keyword, subject area; "hermeneutics"; "network analysis"
    • Classmark: document shelf location at the library; P Ls Psyk
    • ISBN/ISSN: ISBN 951-26-3705-7 with or without hyphen; ISSN with hyphen 0028-9604
    • Publisher: publisher name; springer
    • Series: series title or words it contains; biological environmental
    • Year of publication: 2000; you can also limit the year on the timeline or filtering the results
    • Table of contents: words contained in the table of contents: random forest*

    If you like, you can select year, language, and document type in other drop-down menus on the search screen. Narrow your search results with Narrow search filters and rearrange them with Sort drop-down menu.

    International e-materials Search

    International e-materials Search (PCI, Primo Central Index) searches against a central index of electronic materials. The index contains a mass of databases from several different information providers, e.g

    • academic journals
    • reference databases
    • e-books

    International e-materials search is suitable e.g. for article search when you need not make an exact search on your subject, but just need a few articles, or want to find out how much has been written on the subject in general.

    International e-materials search does not cover all databases available in JUL. The most important databases that are excluded:

    • multi-disciplinary Web of Science database
    • chemical databases SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts) and Reaxys

    Article references contained in databases missing from PCI are usually available in other databases, included in PCI search. To go to user interfaces of databases missing from PCI, use Basic search.

    It is recommended that systematic, precise information searching on a discipline be performed in the databases’ own interfaces. Note that PCI search does not search materials from the local index.

    Search is similar to Basic search except

    • limiting the search by material types is not available.
    • use English as search language.
    • result sets can very large. We recommend that, to start with, you refine your search with Narrow search filters on the side navigation pane. You can also rearrange the search result in different ways with Sort menu.
    Filtering your search resulst with Facets

    The results may contain article references and references to other materials too. Full texts of articles, books, and other documents are available at workstations within university network, provided JUL has a license to the source materials.

    Selecting and exporting references to RefWorks reference manager from the result list is not possible. Go from a reference to the source database (e.g. Elsevier, ProQuest, Wiley) and export the reference there.

    Advanced search for International e-materials

    • is similar to Advanced search
    • use English as search language
    • result sets can very large. Manage them as you do result lists in PCI search.

    From International e-materials search you can return to local search clicking on the cottage icon or JYKDOK logo.