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DelphiS: Basic Search

Getting started - the best way to use the basic features, and making the most of the rest



Advanced Search  eJournal Title Search

Note: you will be asked to login with your University username and password if off-campus.

Other useful links: Classic Catalogue (WebCat), Archives and Other Library Catalogues

Getting Started

Choose topic words, words from a title, author names etc. These are Keywords

Or you can choose to do a Title or Author search

Choose the more unusual names/terms

Leave out words like 'and' 'the' 'with'

Click Search

Sensible Search Terms

Start typing your search term - DelphiS will make suggestions. If one of these is useful, just select it and click Search. Otherwise just carry on typing your own term.

If there are lots of variations to your term, like amplitude, amplify, amplification, and you can't decide which to use, cut the word short (truncate it) and use *

Search for ampli* and DelphiS will find all of these.


Just Want an E-book?

Go to Refine your results on the left.

Choose Full Text Online and Update.

Go to Source Types

Choose eBooks and Update.

Location/Call No./Status - What does this mean?

Click Show More to display information about all copies of a title:

See the physical location and the call number there.

Status shows whether the item is on the shelf or on loan and its loan period.

Due date for loan items is also displayed: if all 1 Week and Long Loan items are on loan, you will need to place a hold.

Need to place a hold?

If all copies of a book (except Reference, Course Collection) are on loan, you can place a hold.

Follow the Go to Catalogue Record tab:

This goes to the WebCat record, where you can place a hold.

Refine Your Results

DelphiS usually finds lots of results.

Use the Refine your results box on the left to narrow these down:

Full Text Online finds e-books and many journal articles

Catalogue Only finds items in WebCat e.g print and online books etc (but not journal articles)

Available @ Southampton finds print and e-resources, including journal articles

Also choose publication dates here, by typing the range in the boxes or using the slider, then Update