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SOLO - Search Oxford Libraries Online: Searching and ordering

Searching and ordering

 

How do I narrow search results to a particular library collection?

How do I sort/refine my results?

How do I search by journal title?

How do I search for an article?

Why can't I access all of the results?

How do I save a search and set up updates for new articles?

How do I order items from closed stacks?

How do I reserve an item that is on loan to someone else?

How do I use advanced search?

What do the coloured circles/traffic lights, signify?

 

 How do I narrow search results to a particular library collection?

In the list of resources to the right of the search bar, either start typing the first letters of the library or collection you wish to search or use the scroll bar to navigate through the list. 

 Image showing how to narrow search to particular library collections in SOLO

You can also refine your search returns by library by using the search filter 'Library' on the left as described in the section below. 

How do I sort/refine my results?

 On the left hand side of the results screen, use 'Sort by' to order your search results.

Image showing sort options in SOLO search results

Use the filters to refine your search. Expand the list by clicking on the red arrows. Navigate up and down the filters by using the side bar to the right of the list.

Image of SOLO results filter

You can also exclude results with a particular value by clicking on the check box to the right of the entry in a facet list.

Image showing how to tick to the right of a resource type/s to exclude from results

How do I search by journal title? 

  • Search by journal title in 'Search Everything or 'All libraries/collections.'

Image showing how to search by journal title in SOLO

  • You may see up to three versions of the same journal. The print version, the online access version, always shown with a green circle

            and the electronic Legal Deposit version, always shown with an amber coloured circle. 

Image showing the three possible versions of an item: print, electronic subscription and electronic Legal Deposit
 

How do I search for an article?

To search for a specific article or to browse articles select the 'Article' search option. Results will return both purchased online content and electronic Legal Deposit versions. If we only hold a copy in print format you will need to search at journal title level in 'Search Everything or 'All libraries/collections'.

Image showing how to search for an article in SOLO by using the articles option in the drop down menu

Why can't I access all of the results?

Access to some of the electronic resources that SOLO searches is restricted by the publishers to members of subscribing institutions. In order to prove that you are entitled to see these results, you will need to log in to SOLO.

Image showing prompt in SOLO to sign in to your account

How do I save a search and set up updates for new articles?

  • Sign into your account. Then enter your search term and search in 'Articles'.

Image showing example of a an articles search in SOLO

  • From 'Sort & Filter Results' on the left, chose 'Articles', your chosen search terms and if wanted include results without full-text access. Now click on the green 'Apply filters' button.

Image showing filter options in results screen

  • At the top of the page you can see the active filters you have chosen. Click on 'Save query'.

Image showing save query button in SOLO results screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • There are two ways to set up a notification. Once you have clicked 'save query' a yellow banner will appear at the top of the screen. This will allow you to set up email notifications to a chosen email. 

Image showing how to set up notifications for search queries in SOLO by clicking 'Turn on notifications' in yellow banner

  • You can also set up a notification via your search history. From here you can chose to be notified by RSS feed if preferred. 

Image showing how to set up notifications for search queries by clicking on 'Search history'

  • Select 'Saved searches'. From the icons on the right you can choose to set up an RSS feed or get monthly alerts via email. Please note, if you change your search terms you will need to set up a new saved search. You can delete notifications by clicking on the pin on the right. 

Image showing how to turn on notifications for search queries once in your 'Search history'


 

 

 

 

 How do I order items from closed stacks?

You will need to sign in to your account to consult an item held in the closed stacks. You will need to place a hold in SOLO. When placing a hold you will see a list of delivery/pickup locations that you can choose from. Note: some items can not be delivered to all libraries. The time it takes for an item to be delivered depends on what day and time you place the request. Find out more information about delivery times.

  • From the results list page: 

Image showing 'Find and request' button for item in SOLO

  • Hold

Image showing hold button, used to place a hold on an item in SOLO

  • Send request

Image showing how to select the library you would like the item you are placing a hold on to be sent to

 

How do I Reserve an item that is on loan to someone else

You can place a hold request on an item that is out on loan. To do so, follow the procedure for ordering an item from closed stacks.  

How do I use advanced search?

Advanced search has additional options to help make your search more specific. For instance you can narrow down by title, publisher, year, and resource type (such as journals) amongst others.

Image showing advanced search screen in SOLO

 

What do the coloured circles/traffic lights, Image of green, orange and yellow dots, which indicate accessibility of electronic material in SOLOsignify?

Image of green dot, which indicates an electronic item available through publisher subscriptions  The University's collections of e-books, e-journals, articles online and databases available from our publisher subscriptions.  

 Image of an orange dot, which indicates an electronic item that has restrictionsFull-text access to this item may be available but restrictions may apply. For example, Electronic Legal Deposit content.

 

Image showing a red dot, which indicates an electronic item is not available to view  Full-text access is not available.