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General information:

The database provides "free text" search, which means you may search for words within selected fields of the records. Characters may be entered in upper or lower case. Searching is not case sensitive.

Boolean operators

Search expressions may be combined using the boolean operators AND, OR or NOT (if necessary with parentheses to avoid ambiguities). If you wish to search for phrases containing the words AND, OR eller NOT, these words (or the whole phrase) must be quoted.


When uncertain of spelling, you may block one or more characters using the truncation symbols. "?" or "#". Only right truncation is possible.

Too many hits?

For the time being there is a limit of 10 000 hits. If such a search result should occur, please narrow the search further. Please avoid commonly used words e.g. a , an, the etc.


Specific search fields:

Word search

This field is for searching for words pertaining to title, series title, name of person, institution etc. Please avoid frequently used words

Examples: Hamsun, k?

Hamsun, k AND rosa AND Gyldendal

Words from title

In this field you may search for any kind of title statement. Please avoid frequently used words. Search for series titles in the field "Corporate name and/or series title"


Any person associated with a work may be searched for. Please bear in mind that it is necessary to invert the name of the person


Fløgstad, k?

Christensen, lars saabye

Corporate name and/or series title

Any corporate name and/or words from series titles and volume numbers may be retrieved in this field.

Please avoid frequently used words


Universitetet Oslo (not: Universitetet i Oslo)

Maxibok Aschehoug (not: En maxibok fra Aschehoug)

Dewey number

Unless the number is truncated, an exact match will be performed





In this field you may search for ISBN (International Standard Book Number)




Year of publication

The search may be restricted to year of publication.

The same year in both fields restricts the search to that particular year.

Blank first field means no lower limit.

Blank second field means no upper limit.

Leave both fields blank for no date restriction at all.