sEURch

What is sEURch?

sEURch is a discovery tool, developed by OCLC (brand name: WorldCat Discovery). A search in sEURch returns journal articles, books, book chapters, journals, etc. You search the collections of the libraries of Erasmus University Rotterdam: the University Library, the library of the ISS in The Hague, the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet and the Sanders Law Library. In sEURch, you also search the collections of libraries in the Netherlands and libraries worldwide.

sEURch recognizes the language settings of your browser and will display sEURch in that language. At the bottom of the screen you can select a different language. Not all terms and descriptions will be translated from the English.

Access from home

When you enter search terms and click enter and you are outside the IP-range of the EUR, a pop-up will appear, with a link to log in. You have to login with your ERNA-credentials (click here for more information about EZproxy). The URL of sEURch will change after logging in. If you choose 'Continue as guest' you can use sEURch to find books in our collections, but the options to find and access articles are limited.

What is covered by sEURch?

It is important to know that not all databases offered by the UL are covered by sEURch: some publishers don’t want their journals, books or databases being indexed. Especially the fields of Law and Medicine have insufficient coverage.

The basis of sEURch consists of WorldCat.org. WorldCat.org consists of WorldCat, with the physical collections of libraries worldwide, and a ‘central index’, with the metadata of collections from publishers like ProQuest, Elsevier, Springer among others. A number of databases, like Academia, can be searched separately - they are not part of the central index. The link resolver of OCLC provides the link to the full-text of articles and e-books the EUR subscribes to.

When you use the search bar to search, you search in a selection of default databases. In the Advanced Search you can mark the non-default databases to search them. They are not in the list of default databases now, because adding them slows down the searching significantly. At the bottom of this page you find the overview of databases in sEURch.

The collections of the University Library, the library of the ISS in The Hague, the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet and the Sanders Law Library, are central in sEURch. This means that books and articles in the collection of the EUR are given a higher relevancy ranking than books and articles not available in our collections: they appear on top of the results list when you use the default sorting order (library). 

In the results list the availability information is shown for just the first copy of a book in the collection of our libraries. It's possible that multiple copies are available: when you click a title, you can see which EUR library holds a copy of a book under the header Availability.

When do you use sEURch?

You can use sEURch to find an article or a book you already know, but also to find literature about a specific topic, or to get inspiration about a topic quickly.  If you want to do an extensive literature search, we advise you to use subject specific databases: they offer extra options, not offered by sEURch, for example the option to save searches, using a thesaurus or citation searching.  

How do you use sEURch?

  • Enter your keywords in the search bar. When you use multiple keywords, sEURch combines them automatically with AND.
  • By default, sEURch uses a ‘keyword index’. In this index author, title, ISBN, publisher, topics and publication year are included. 
  • If you want to use Boolean operators (AND, OR or NOT), you must write the operator in capital letters (for example teenagers OR adolescents).
  • When two or more terms have to appear in a specific order, you have to put the search terms between straight quotation marks, for example "Positive psychology". 
  • You can truncate with a *: with market* you find results with market, markets, marketing, marketplace, etc. There have to be at least three characters before the *.
  • You can also use wildcards:
    • # replaces 1 character, for example with wom#n you find woman and women. There have to be at least three characters before the #.
    • ? replaces 0 to 9 characters. For example: re?tion will return revolution, recreation, relation, representation, relaxation, etc.

Finding a known book

  • In the search results several editions and formats of a book are combined into 1 record. The version shown is the most recent edition which is part of the collection of the libraries of the EUR. When you are looking for another version or another format, you have to click View all editions and formats. You will get a list of all editions available in WorldCat. The formats and editions available in the collections of the EUR are on top of the list, with the newest editions on top.
  • If you unmark Group related editions in the left upper corner of the screen, sEURch will show all editions and formats availabe in sEURch. Use the filter Erasmus University Rotterdam under Library to see which editions are available in the collections of the libraries of the EUR.

TIP: when you enter the publication year in the search bar as well, you will find the required edition of the book faster, enter for example ‘Case study research Yin 2014’.

Borrowing or reserving a book

  • Click the title of the book
  • Under the header Availability, under Erasmus University Library, you can see where the copy or copies of the EUR are, and if the books are available for loan, checked out, or hold by another borrower, or available for reference only.
  • When the book is available for loan, click the button Place Hold. When you are not logged in, you have to login with your library account.
  • Next, you can choose to get Any Copy, which means that the library system will select the specific copy of the book that's retrieved for you. You can also change 'Any Copy' into Specific Copies or Volumes and choose a specific copy of the book yourself. 
  • Next, choose the pick-up location - that's the library you want to go to to get the book. 
  • Click Submit
  • You are notified by e-mail when the book is available at the pick-up location of your choice. 
  • You can check the status by clicking the button in the right upper corner of sEURch (with your initials): choose My Account. Under Holds you find the book(s) you requested and your place in the queue, under Checkouts the books you borrowed.  

If a book is not available in the collections of the EUR libraries, you can see a list, under Availability, of libraries that have the book in their collection. When the book is available in a Dutch library, a button Request item with ILL/IBL account appears, to request the book via PiCarta. More information about ILL (interlibrary loan) is available here.

Getting the full-text of articles

By using the button View full text in the list of results you can directly go the full-text of many articles. For eBooks this button is called View eBook. You can also encounter the button Access Online.

When you click the title of an article, you see more information about the links under Availability > Access Online. You can for example see which databases give access to the full-text. When the button in the list of results doesn’t give the desired result, you can use this to find an alternative link.

Please note: sEURch doesn’t make a distinction between journal articles and newspaper articles. In sEURch they are both ‘articles’. If you don’t want newspaper articles in your search results, you can mark the option ‘Peer Reviewed’ at the left side of the screen, to limit to peer reviewed articles only.

Too many results?

Use the refine options at the left side of the screen. You can limit the number of results by selecting a specific type of publications, like peer reviewed publications or ebooks. One filter is ‘Database’, this allows you to filter on database(s) in which the results are found. If you want to use your selection of filters for your following searches, you have to mark Keep selections for next search.

In the advanced search (the link is available under the search bar) you can perform a more specific search, for example for words in title or abstract and/or the name of the author.

You can also use indexes in the search bar:

  • Ti: - searches for words in the (under)title or in the table of contents – eg. Ti:case study research
  • Ti= - searches for exact matches in (under)title or in the table of contents – eg. Ti=case study research will only find books or articles with exactly that title (Encyclopedia of case study research is not found)
  • Au: - searches for the author - eg. Au:Yin
  • Combining is possible – eg. Ti:case study research au:Yin

The bibliographical information of an article can be available from multiple databases. They are not always deduplicated.

Not enough results?

Check your keywords: typing errors in your search terms are not always discovered by sEURch. 

Exporting to RefWorks

One title

  • Click the Cite button 
  • Choose Export to RefWorks

Multiple titles

  • Add the titles to My items, by clicking the Save button 
  • Open My items in the right upper corner of the screen
  • Mark 'Select All'
  • Click the Cite button 
  • Choose Export to RefWorks

Please note: always check the imported data! There might be information entered incorrectly or incomplete. 

Questions about sEURch?

You can send your questions about sEURch by using the general 'Ask your question' form on the website of the library or by using the option Send Feedback in the right down corner of sEURch. If you use this feedback form, the library will receive a copy of your question. We will enter your question in a 'Ask your question' form. 

Overview of databases in sEURch

Title in Advanced Search

In default set?

Separately searchable?

Name in list of databases UL

19th Century British Library Newspapers

No

Yes

19th Century British Newspapers 

1science oaFindr 

No

Yes

Not in list

ABI/INFORM Complete

Yes

Yes

 

Academia

Yes

Yes

 

Africa Research Online

Yes

Yes

 
American Economic Association Journals 

Yes

Yes

Not in list

American State Papers, 1789-1838

No

Yes

USA Historical Government Documents

Annual Reviews

Yes

Yes

 

ArticleFirst

Yes

Yes

 

BioOne

Yes

Yes

 

BMJ Journals

Yes

Yes

Not in list

Brill Books

Yes

Yes

Brill Online Books and Journals

Brill Journals

Yes

Yes

Brill Online Books and Journals 

Business Source Complete

Yes

Yes

Business Source Premier

CINAHL

No

Yes

 

Cochrane Library

Yes

Yes

 
Communication and Mass Media Complete NoYesNot in lijst 

Delpher Netherlands: Books

No

Yes

 

Delpher Netherlands: Magazines

No

Yes

 

Delpher Netherlands: Newspapers

No

Yes

 

EconLit

No

Yes

 

Eighteenth Century Collections Online: I and II Complete

No

Yes

 

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Yes

Yes

Emerald Insight

Encyclopaedia of Islam Online

Yes

Yes

 

ERIC

Yes

Yes

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Yes

Yes

 

Historical Abstracts

No

Yes

 

Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (1881-1986)

No

Yes

 

Historical Newspapers: The Irish Times (1859-2007) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958)

No

Yes

 

Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2006)

No

Yes

 

Historical Newspapers: The Wall Street Journal (1889-1991)

No

Yes

 

IEEE Publications Database

Yes

Yes

 

Ingenta Connect

Yes

Yes

IngentaConnect

JSTOR Arts & Sciences I Collection

Yes

Yes

JSTOR

JSTOR Arts & Sciences II Collection

Yes

Yes

JSTOR

JSTOR Arts & Sciences IV Collection

Yes

Yes

JSTOR

JSTOR Arts & Sciences IX Collection

Yes

Yes

JSTOR

JSTOR Arts & Sciences VI Collection

Yes

Yes

JSTOR

JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII Collection

Yes

Yes 

JSTOR

JSTOR Business I Collection

Yes

Yes

JSTOR

JSTOR Health & General Sciences Collection

Yes

Yes

JSTOR

Kluwer

No

Yes

 

LexisNexis Academic

No

Yes

 

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

No

Yes

 

MEDLINE

Yes

Yes

 

NARCIS

Yes

Yes

 

OAIster

Yes

Yes 

 

OECD iLibrary

Yes

Yes

 

OpenEdition Books

Yes

Yes

Not in list

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online

Yes

Yes

 
Oxford Handbooks OnlineYesYes 

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Yes

Yes

 

Oxford Journals

Yes

Yes

 

Oxford Music Online

Yes

Yes

 

Oxford Reference Online

Yes

Yes

 

Oxford Scholarship Online

Yes

Yes

 

Palgrave Connect

Yes

Yes

 

Philosophy Documentation Center E-collection

Yes

Yes

Poeisis

PiCarta Online Contents

Yes

Yes

 

Project Muse

Yes

Yes

 

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I

No

Yes

 

Regional Business News

No

Yes

 

SAGE Journals

Yes

Yes

 

SAGE Research Methods (SRM)

Yes

Yes

 

ScienceDirect

Yes

Yes 

 

Scopus

 

No – but in Central Index

 

Social Services Abstracts

No

Yes

 

Sociological Abstracts

No

Yes

 

SpringerLink

Yes

Yes

 

Staten-Generaal Digitaal: Dutch Parliamentary Papers

No

Yes

 

Taylor and Francis Journals

Yes

Yes

Taylor & Francis Journals

The Hague Academy Collected Courses Online / Recueil des cours de l'Académie de la Haye en ligne

Yes

Yes

 

Thieme Connect

Yes

Yes

 

U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994

No

Yes

USA Historical Government Documents

University of Chicago Press Journals

Yes

Yes

Not in list

Walter de Gruyter eJournals

Yes

Yes

 

Web of Science

 

No – but in central index

 

Wiley Online Library

Yes

Yes

 

Wolters Kluwer Health

Yes

Yes

Not in list

World Bank eLibrary

Yes

Yes

 

WorldCat

Yes

Yes

 

WorldCat.org

Yes

Yes

 

Updated: July, 27, 2018