NUsearch essentials

NUsearch help and support

Help and support with finding resources, guides to subject resources and who to contact for help.

About NUsearch

NUsearch is your one-stop shop for searching our collections, accessing online resources, placing requests and managing your library account.

Close up of magnifying glass on coloured paper

Help with searching

Student using the short stay PC in George Green

Your NUsearch account

Bookshelf in the library

Requests and bookings

Student working on a PC

Saving search results


Help and support

Our Library staff are here to help you search our collections.

For guidance on developing your search skills, visit Information skills support.


Searching NUsearch

What is NUsearch?

NUsearch is your online library discovery tool.

NUsearch home page showing the basic search

Use it to search and access our extensive physical and electronic library collections. You'll find books, journals, articles, videos, theses, manuscripts, databases and much more. It's a gateway to quality and trusted sources.

You can sign in to view your library account and request the items you need. You can also use My Favourites to save and organise search queries and items you find.

It's mobile friendly, so you can use it on the go. It's single sign-in, so you don't have to sign in again to access electronic resources.

NUsearch is your one-stop-shop to searching and accessing everything in one place.


What does NUsearch search?

Everything the library has access to - a wide range of online resources of different material types and all physical items held in our libraries, some of which are unique to the university.

This includes:

  • print and electronic library collections (including Special Collections) held across our eight library sites.
  • lots of article level records including journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and more
  • University's digital research archive, which includes articles, dissertations and theses by our staff and students.
  • over 700 manuscripts and archive collections, with links through to the Manuscripts Online Catalogue for more information.
  • around 1,500 digitised resources from our Manuscripts and Special Collections, including photographs, illustrations, maps and other documents. To find out more see our Digital Gallery webpage.

You can also use the Expand beyond library collections option to see resources which we don’t have online access to, but which may be relevant and useful. You always have the option to place an Interlibrary loan request or suggest a book purchase for materials we don't have access to.


Are there any other search options?

From the top menu bar you can select the following options:

NUsearch main menu options located at the top of the screen

  • Databases allows you to search for a database and browse by subject and A-Z titles. From here, you can link out direct to each database’s native interface and continue your search from there.
  • Journals allows you to search all electronic and print journals titles. You can search for a particular title, or browse by A-Z list. Click through to the full journal record to see details of our holdings and links out to ejournal providers, where you can search for articles.
  • Digital Gallery showcases a selection of digitised photographs, illustrations, maps and other documents held by the University's Manuscripts and Special Collections. There are around 1,500 digital resources grouped by subject or theme into collections. Click on an item to view the full digital resource. To find out more see our Digital Gallery webpage.
  • Reading lists allow you to search for and access the online reading list for your course. Online reading lists provides quick and easy access to a wide range of digital and print resources.
  • Browzine allows you to find, read and monitor ejournal titles. You can set up a bookshelf for your favourite journals and easily scan through each new issue for useful articles. If you want to use BrowZine on a mobile device, you will have to download the app available on Google Play and the App Store.
  • Tags allows you to search for tags that library users have added to NUsearch records to link common search results together. If you are signed in you can also see any tags you have created.

Other menu options include:

  • Home. Reset NUsearch if you want to start from scratch
  • Interlibrary loans. Allows you to submit a request for material that we don't have access to.
  • Information on how to book Library rooms and the online book suggestions form
  • Send a request by email if you want the library to buy extra copies of a book

What simple searches can I run?

To perform a quick search

  1. Type your keywords into the search box and hit enter or click on the magnifying glass icon. When you start typing, NUsearch will suggest popular searches that you can select.
  2. NUsearch will return results that contain all the specific terms. Your search results will appear with a list of filters on the right-hand side.
  3. From here you can browse through the list of results or narrow your search using filters

If you know the book, journal or article title you are looking for you can put all or most of the title in the search box and NUsearch will find it:

Search for "Recurrent epistaxis in children" using NUsearch basic search

To provide greater control over your search and return more relevant results you can use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.

Search for the phrase "nose bleed" using NUsearch basic search

Alternatively you can select the pre-filter with the exact phrase under the search box

Search for the exact phrase "Nose bleed" using the prefilter under the search box


How can I sort my search results?

Search results are automatically ordered by relevance, but you can resort the list so that:

  • Newest first. The most recently published records appear at the top
  • Oldest first. The oldest records appear at the top
  • Author. Records are arranged in alphabetical order by author
  • Title. Records are arranged in alphabetical order by title

Select the relevant Sort option in the Filter my results section to the right of your results.

Showing the "Sort by" dropdown option in Filter my results


How can I filter my search results?

There are two main ways you can filter to narrow your search results:

  • Use pre-filters, which allow you to quickly set criteria before you search.
  • Use the Filter my results options after running your search


You will find the pre-filters as three drop-down options under the search box.

Showing the three pre-filters under the NUsearch search box

You can use them to specify:

  1. the type of resource you want to search, such as Articles, Books, Music.
  2. whether you want results that contain all the words in your search or with the exact phrase
  3. which sections of the record to search e.g. title, subject or author/contributor

These can be used in different combinations, and in combination with existing filters. If you find you need more pre-filters you can always switch to Advanced search, and any pre-filters already set will be retained.

Filter my results

You can filter your search results using the Filter my results options available to the right of your search results. Filters include:

  1. Key filters
    • Available online. All resources that are available electronically
    • Physical resources. All physical resources held in our libraries
    • Currently available in the library. Shows only physical resources that currently have available copies in one of our libraries. If you are coming to the library or are in the library this helps you find titles that may be on our shelves.
    • Manuscripts & Special Collections resources. An easy way to see all the resources held in our special collections, both physical and electronic
    • Open Access and Peer-reviewed journals. Two filters that show you which electronic resources are free to read, and which are academically of a high standard because they have been reviewed by a panel of experts before publication.
  2. Resource type. Such as books, journals, articles, conference proceedings and many more.
  3. Date range. Limit your results to those published in a particular range of years.
  4. Library. See items held in specific University library.
  5. UoN collections. Use to explore our unique collections at the University of Nottingham.
  6. Subject. Narrowing down to particular subject areas. The more subject filters you pick, the more focused your results will become.
  7. Author and Journal title. Filter by Author name and see articles from specific Journal titles.
  8. New titles. See items that have recently been added to NUsearch.
  9. Language. Look for resources in a particular language
  10. Source. Filter by the source of your results, ranging from publisher websites and bibliographic databases to Open Access collections and institutional repositories.

Clicking on a filter will add it as an Active filter at the top of the list. Click on the cross on the right hand side of a filter to remove it.

Locking your filters

Hover over the left hand side of a filter and click on the padlock icon to lock it in place. Locking a filter keeps it in place for the rest of your search session.

If you’ve applied more than one filter and want to lock them all at the same time, click on Remember all filters. If you want to remove all filters that you’ve applied click Reset filters. If you want to restart your search completely you should click on the Home button in the main menu.

Showing how to lock two filter for "Articles" and "Available online" using "Remember all filters" option

Using filters to exclude items 

If you hover off to the right side of a filter in the main list, you’ll see the red option to exclude it from the search results. For example, you might be searching for material about global warming but not be interested in seeing any articles about it. In that case, you would exclude the articles resource type filter and you can also lock it in the same way if you want to keep the exclusion when you’re running other searches.

Showing the exclude filter symbol for the "Articles" resource type filter   Showing "Articles" excluded in active filters after applying an exclude filter

Applying multiple filters

If you hover off to the left hand side of a filter in the main list, you’ll see a checkbox appear. Clicking the checkbox will select the filter and you can then tick as many other filters as you like. When you’ve made all your choices, click on the Apply filters button at the bottom of the screen and all the ones you’ve chosen will be applied at the same time.

Selecting multiple filters of "Articles" and "Open access"

If you want to exclude multiple filters at the same time you just need to tick the checkbox next to a filter, then move off to the right hand side and click on the exclude option. You'll see the checkbox change from green to red.


How do I search for print resources?

To search for only print resources you can narrow your results using either of the key filters:

  • Physical resources. All physical resources held in our libraries
  • Currently available in the library. Shows only physical resources that currently have available copies in one of our libraries. If you are coming to the library or are in the library this helps you find titles that may be on our shelves.

For each physical title NUsearch provides the following information to help you find them:

  • Library name
  • Location within the library. This could be a general location or a specific collection.
  • Classmark. This is the code that tells you exactly which bay and shelf to look on for the item

Print book result showing library details under title

Clicking on the link always opens the full record so you can see more information about the items we have in stock. If an item is held in more than one library, details of all locations are given.

If you sign in to NUsearch you will see the following extra information for the stock in each library:

  • Barcode number. This is useful if you want to find or request a specific copy of an item, for example a single volume of a multi-volume work.
  • Policy. Tells you if an item can be borrowed on a standard rolling one-week loan, or if other arrangements are in place
  • Part/classmark. Tells you if an item is available in multiple parts or volumes and if a specific copy of the item has a different shelving code to the others.
  • Availability. Tells you if the item is currently on loan, or on the shelf.

For George Green Library you will also see a Find it button. This will show you a map of the library so you can see where it will be on the shelves.

"Find in Library "section of the full record of a print book showing locations and request options


How do I search for online resources?

To narrow down your search to see only resources available online, select the Available online filter.

There are two main ways of accessing these resources:

  • Click the green Available online link. This will often take you direct to the full text. For some resources such as journals the Available online link will open the full record and give you a choice of full text providers.
  • Click the blue Download PDF link. If you are already signed in to NUsearch this link will give you instant access to the full text PDF.

Article result showing "Available Online" and "Download PDF" links

Please note, for print and online journals you may see a blue View journal contents link. Clicking this link takes you to the table of contents for the latest issue of the journal in BrowZine. From here you can browse the contents of older issues too.

Browzine allows you to find, read and monitor ejournal titles. You can set up a bookshelf for your favourite journals and easily scan through each new issue for useful articles.

If you want to use BrowZine on a mobile device, you will have to download the app available on  Google Play and the  App Store


How do I access online resources from off campus?

For online resources that are not open access, you will need to sign in to authenticate yourself as a University of Nottingham user before you can view full text content.

The good news is that if you have signed into NUsearch you won't have to sign in again to access most online reources.

If you do need to sign in avoid the Open Athens login option and look for a link to Institutional Login or something similar.

Selecting University of Nottingham from the list of institutions presented to you should take you to a university login screen asking for your IT account username and password.

Accessing eresources


What is Expand beyond library collections?

All the results you see in NUsearch are for resources that we have online access to, plus everything we hold in our libraries.

Clicking on Expand beyond library collections increases the number of hits from your search and introduces to your results list resources that may be highly relevant and useful, but which we don’t have online access to.

Expand beyond library collections tick box under Filter my results

Don’t think of this as a dead end, though. You can click on the Check availability link to see ways for you to get hold of the article, book chapter or other resource that you need.

Results of an expanded search with the "Check Availability" link highlighted for the first result

If we don’t have the print version at the University of Nottingham, you can check for an Open Access version, apply for an Interlibrary loan, or suggest a book for purchase.

Check availability section of full article record giving options for interlibrary loan, suggestion for purchase and check for open access versionggestion


What does "see all versions" mean in my search results?

NUsearch creates groups of what might sometimes be a mixture of physical and electronic resources. It does this for:

  • Different editions of the same item, for example the first, second and third edition of a book
  • The same item, when it is available in both print and electronic form
  • Items that are similar in some way, for example different published versions of Hamlet

NUsearch will tell you how many versions of an item there are, and the blue See all versions link will show you a list of them all.

Result for a book with multiple versions showing the number of versions and the link to "See all versions"

The list is sorted by Relevance to your search by default, but you can change this. Click Back to results list to return to your results.

Showing the two versions for a book that we have in print and electronically


What will I see in the full resource record?

If you click on the title of any record in your results list, you will open a more detailed view of that record divided into different sections:

Available online/Find in library

For an electronic resource, the Available online section gives you a link to the resource as well as more detailed information about which platform you are accessing and our range of access.

There are also additional links to check if an Open Access version of an item is available, and to request help if you are having any problems with access.

For physical items the Find in Library section gives you full information about an item’s location and availability, as well as requesting options.

Virtual bookshelf

For physical items, you can use the virtual bookshelf to browse nearby items on the shelves.

Send to

This provides a number of options to allow you to email a record to yourself, print a record, and generate a shortened permalink to make sharing records easier. You can also generate a citation in a particular citation style to add to your references.

There are export options to reference management software such as EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley and EasyBib. You can also download in RIS or BibTeX format.


This section gives you much more information about an item than brief details you see in the main results list.

Subject headings, author/contributor names and other parts of the details section act as hyperlinks. Clicking on any of these runs an exact search and gives you a new list of results directly related to the link you’ve clicked on. For example, if you clicked on Butterworth, Peter you would see a list of all other items written by that author.

Help & Scanning requests

Useful extra links to further information or other library services e.g. report a missing book, request a scanned copy.


If an item has been tagged either by you or someone else, you will see the tag words here. For more information see FAQ: What are tags and how to you use them?


This displays the upward and downward arrows of citations for articles, as well as links to citation lists in Scopus and Web of Science. For more information see FAQ: Does NUsearch show citations for resources I find?


This section provides in-depth information if you’re looking at a book record, including whether the library holds other books in the series, reader reviews and down the right hand side of the screen recommended similar reading.


How can I make my results more relevant?

You can use Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT to build a search that will return more precise results (note that these terms should be in capital letters to tell NUsearch that you want to do a controlled search).

OR expands your search

Use OR if you want to return results that contain either of the terms you have entered, or both of them.

“global warming” OR “climate change”

You will see all results containing the phrase “global warming” plus all results containing the phrase “climate change”

NOT narrows your search

Use NOT if you want to search for the first term and then subtract anything after the operator from your results.

"south american reptiles" NOT brazil

You will see results for south american reptiles but not if they also contain the word Brazil

AND narrows your search

Use AND if you want to return results that contain all of the terms you are searching for.

"heart attack" AND elderly

You will see results that contain both heart attack and elderly. This will narrow your search because if one term is found in an item and the other one isn’t, it will not appear in your results list.

Normally AND is not needed because NUsearch automatically returns results that contain all the terms you have typed in.


AND, OR and NOT can be combined and used with parentheses to make search queries even more precise:

India AND (“global warming” OR “climate change”)

You will see results containing the word India and the phrase “global warming” and also results containing the word India and the phrase “climate change”.

Advanced search

If you want to build more complex search queries like this, consider using Advanced search which you can switch to at any time from the simple search screen.

For more about Advanced search see FAQs: When should I use Advanced Search? & What else can I do with Advanced Search?


What is a database?

Bibliographic databases are subject-based collections of abstracts of published research. They usually include references to:

  • Journal articles
  • Conference papers 
  • Theses

A bibliographic reference tells you who the author(s) is/are, the title of the research and where and when it was published. They usually also provide a summary or abstract of the full article. Some databases cover a very specific subject area whilst others are more general. 

Full-text databases contain a significant proportion of full text information rather than just giving bibliographic details of an item. A full text database might include any or all of the following types of information:

  • Journal articles
  • Newspaper articles
  • Ebooks
  • Reference books
  • Reports/Official or government publications
  • Data/Statistics
  • Images

You can use the Databases search to quickly find a database by name. You can also browse an A-Z list and see databases grouped by subject categories. From here, you can link out direct to each database’s native interface and continue your search from there.

Find Databases search screen


When should I use Advanced Search?

You can switch from basic to advanced search at any time, and this gives you the option to build a more sophisticated and focused search quickly and easily.

NUsearch advanced search

Up to 7 lines are available and searches in each line can be combined using the AND, OR or NOT operators (see the above FAQ How can I make my results more relevant? for advice on using these operators).

For each search line you can enter different terms and each time choose if you want to search for them in any part of a record (Anywhere), just in the Title or search for results by a specific Author/contributor or on a specific Subject. There are also options to let you search by ISBN or ISSN, classmark, library name or collection name if you want to.

You can also decide if you want to search for an exact phrase by changing the with the words option to exact word/phrase.

To refine your search even further, there are three more drop down options:

  • Resource type. Choose to search just for a specific type of item, such as a journal or book title, an article, a book chapter, a conference proceeding plus many more
  • Language. Limit your results to those written in a specific language
  • Date range. You can choose to see results published in the past year, 2 years, 5 years or longer or set a specific start and end date range if you want to

As an example, this advanced search has been built to return results that contain the exact phrase “aircraft design” anywhere in the record together with the term alloy, but excluding the term composite. Results can come from any year, but they must be articles and they must be in English:

Example of an advanced search on NUsearch


What else can I do with Advanced Search?

Advanced Search offers some extra choices to help you find the right resources.

If you know the ISBN of a book or the ISSN of a journal you can search for this and find the item you want quickly:

Advanced search for an ISBN of a book

If you have written down the Classmark of an item in the library but can’t remember which title you found then you can search for the full reference and scan the results list until you spot what you need:

Advanced search for a classmark resulting in 6 results

You can also search by Library name and Collection name in Advanced Search, and any of these options can be combined with the others to effectively pre-filter your search before you start.

As an example, this advanced search looks for any resource held at Greenfield Medical Library on the subject of asthma:

Advanced search for items in Greenfield Library on asthma

This advanced search looks for any resources about Derbyshire contained in our East Midlands Special Collection, held by Manuscripts and Special Collections at our King’s Meadow Campus:

Advanced search for items in the East Midlands Collection on Derbyshire


Can I search using syntax from a specific database - AU=Shakespeare?

It is not possible to do this kind of specialised searching with NUsearch. If you want to use search syntax that only specific databases support then you can choose the option Databases from the top menu to search for a database and then link directly through to the native interface.

Can I personalise my results to subjects I am interested in?

Click on the Personalise slidebar directly above your results list and pick up to five subject areas. NUsearch will adjust its ranking and present you with an adapted set of results weighted in favour of the subjects you have chosen.

Showing the Personalise button under the search box

Personalise your results options with fives subjects choosen

All the subject areas you’ve chosen appear above the list of filter options on the right hand side, and you can edit your subject choices at any time. If you want to, you can also personalise your results even further by checking the box to prefer newer material.

Showing personalised results for a search

If you want to clear the personalisation options from your search, just click on the Personalise slidebar again to set it to the off position.

If you are signed in NUsearch will remember all of your personalisation choices and re-apply them when you turn on the Personalise slidebar.

If however you are just searching as a guest, personalisation only lasts for the duration of your search session and is cleared when you close down NUsearch in your browser. 


Can I see my search history?

Throughout your search session NUsearch remembers your search history and you can access a full list of previous searches by clicking on the reverse clock icon in the top right corner of the screen.

NUsearch main menu showing clock icon to access your search history

Click on any of the searches to re-run them.

If you are signed in you can click on the pin icon to add the search to your saved searches list in My favourites and from here you can add an email alert if you want to.

Search History in My Favourites


Does NUsearch show citations for resources I find?

On some items, particularly articles, you may see arrow icons in the top right hand corner of the result, or in the Citations section of the full item record.

These arrows tell you that as well as having access to the item you are looking at, NUsearch can also show you some of the sources that the article has cited as well as other articles that have included it in their own list of citations.

  • The upwards arrow means you want to see the sources that are citing this article.
  • The downwards arrow means you want to see all the sources that are cited in this article.

Article showing the upward and downward citation icons

Citations section in full article record showing citation icons and links to databases to see full text citations

Clicking on either of the arrows upwards or downwards shows you a new list of all the citations linked to the article you’re looking at.

Many of the items in the new list have their own citing this or cited in this icons and every time you click on an arrow you’ll see a brand new list of results, all related to the article you’ve selected most recently.

Results list of items cited by the original article

As you navigate your way through each set of results you’ll see your citation path building at the top of the screen. Because you are using the citing this or cited in this icons to chain from one item to another, NUsearch remembers the path you have taken and allows you to move backwards or forwards at any time to see the different sets of results related to each article in the chain.

If you click on the magnifying glass and back arrow icon in the top left you will be returned to your original search.



Your NUsearch account 

Why should I sign in to NUsearch?

Sign in to NUsearch for a better search experience:

  • access the full range of resources
  • seamless access to e-resources, especially from off-campus
  • request items held in our libraries and interlibrary loans
  • check your library account - vew current and historic loans, requests, and pay fines
  • save records or searches to My Favourites

How do I sign in to NUsearch?

Click the pink sign in button on the top menu bar and select one of the following two options:

University IT account

For University of Nottingham students, staff or associates

If you are unable to sign in, you may not have a library account and you'll be prompted to register with the library. Registering is easy to do. You can either visit any library lending desk with your University card, or download and complete a registration form and email it back to us.

Community borrowers

For library members who don’t have a University IT account e.g. staff of Nottingham University Hospitals or external members

Sign in with your library card number and password. Your password is no longer your library card number PIN. If you've forgotten your password or, if you are signing in for the first time:

  • Select Can't sign in and choose the relevant option
  • Enter your library card number or your registered email address and you will receive instructions by email on how to set, or reset, your password.

“Can’t sign in?” options for community borrowers and the password reset screen


How can I check my library account? 

Once you are signed in, click your name in the top right hand corner, then select My Library Card.

My library card allows you to check:

  • items you have out on loan and renew them (Loans)
  • your loan history (Loans)
  • active requests and cancel any you no longer need (Requests)
  • outstanding library charges and pay fines (Library Charges)
  • any blocks or important messages on your account (Blocks and Messages)

My Library Card showing the overview screen

Remember to sign out before leaving a computer in the library so your details remain confidential.


Can I pay my fines/charges in NUsearch?

You can view and pay your fines or charges in My Library Card in the Library Charges tab

Click on the Pay Fine link. This will take you through to a secure payment system where you can pay by debit/credit card. There is a minimum payment of £1.

Pay Fines option in the Library Charges tab of My Library Card

You can also pay fines/charges:

  • over the phone by debit/credit card
  • in cash or credit/debit card at the lending desk


Making requests and bookings

How do I request a book?

Sign in to NUsearch to request print items using our Click and Collect service.

From the full book record click the Request option, which is normally displayed above all the copies in the Find in Library section:

Find in Library” section showing Request option above copies of a book

In the case of multivolume books you'll find the Request option to the right of each copy so you can request a specific volume:

Multivolume book showing “Request” option next to each volume.

Select the Pickup Location for the library you want to collect the book from.

Book request form asking for pickup location


You don't need to worry about the Additional info field. This is only needed for Special Collections and Central Store journal requests.

Click Request to confirm your request.

What happens next:

  • NUsearch will choose the quickest copy to get to you.
  • You can track progress in the Requests tab of My Library card.
  • When the book is ready we'll email you.
  • You'll need to collect it from your chosen library within three days (seven days for part time and Enhanced Library Support students).
  • Collect your item from the reservation shelves using the code provided in your confirmation email.
  • Issue the item to your account using the self service machines.

How can I request a journal from Central Store?

You can request journals held in our Central Store to be sent to any library. To do this:

1. Click to open the full journal record to see the Find in Library section.

2. If the journal is held at more than one library click on the Central Store holdings. Depending on the type of holdings displayed click on one of the following request options:

a.  Only journal years displayed e.g. Vol. 10-19, 1970-79

Click on the link Central Store/Special Collections Journal request.

Find in Library section showing “Central Store/Special Collections journal request” option

b.  Some or all of the journal issues are displayed individually

There are two request options available:

    • Click Request next to the relevant issue. You can search for an issue using the filters for year, vol. and description.
    • Click Request a different issue if the issue you want is not individually listed but it is within the library holdings.

Journal with individual issues catalogued. Shows two request options: “Request” next to each issue and “Request a different issue” above.

3. Select the Pickup Location for the library you want to collect the journal from. Make sure it is clear which volume, issue and year you require so we can supply exactly what you need.

Central store request asking for pickup location and additional information

4. Click Request. Your request will be fulfilled the next day. 


Can I make a booking to see an item from Special Collections?

You can use NUsearch to make online bookings to view Special Collection items in the Manuscripts and Special Collections Reading Room.

Our Special Collections contain over 80,000 rare and distinct books and printed items that can be used for learning and research. They are organised in named collections. Items cannot be loaned or requested for pickup at another library, but they can be consulted by anyone in the Reading Room at King's Meadow Campus.

To make a booking for a particular day either:

For more information about our Special Collections see the Manuscripts & Special Collections website.


How can I request items that are not in our collections?

There are over a million print and ebooks available for you to use in our libraries but we know from your feedback that we don't always have what you need.

You can request more books

  • if we do not already have what you need in our libraries
  • if we do not have enough copies for you to use

See our More Books page to find out more.


What are interlibrary loans and how can I request one?

Interlibrary loans allow you to request items we don't have in NUsearch. We can obtain items for you to borrow from other libraries. Find out more about our Interlibrary loans service.

To make a request select Interlibrary Loans from the top menu bar.

Use the options at the top to select the material type: Article, Book or Journal. For best results complete the form with as much detail as you can and then click Submit.

Interlibrary Loan form with options at the top to choose Article, Book, or Journal

NUsearch will check the catalogue to see if what you want is in the library:

  • If the item is available electronically you will be taken directly to it.
  • If it is available in print full details will be provided in the Find in library section

If neither is the case No full text will be indicated and you will be offered the chance to make an interlibrary loan request. If you haven’t signed in you will be prompted to do so before you see this option.

NUsearch showing there is “No full text” with the option to make an Interlibrary loan request

Click on Interlibrary loan request. All the details you have already added will be pulled through into the request. Check these are correct and then complete the Delivery details.

Delivery details section of an interlibrary loan request

All articles are delivered by email so the format is set to electronic. For books and journals it will be set to physical.

You will need to choose a library to pick up books and journals. Although articles are sent by email you will still need to complete this field as it is mandatory.

Use the comments field to provide any additional information. Then check the box to say you have read the copyright statement and click Request to submit your interlibrary loan.


Can I book study space using NUsearch?

Bookings are no longer made via NUsearch. We've change the way you book space to make it easier.

Use Click and Study to book individual or group study space in our libraries. 

Drop-in study spaces are available in all libraries, including group study space. But if you have a favourite spot or just want to be sure of a space, then you can book in advance online using Click and Study.

Visit our study spaces page to find out more.



Saving and exporting search results

What is My favourites?

My favourites is your own space in NUsearch where you can save and organise your search results and queries. You need to sign in to use My Favourites

Sign in and click on the Pin icon in the top right of the screen to access My Favourites.

Showing the Pin icon in the top right of the main menu to access My Favourites

My Favourites contains three tabs:

  • Saved records. Item records that you have saved from your search results. These can be organised with labels and exported in a variety of ways.
  • Saved searches. Search queries that you have saved. You can re-run these queries and set up email alerts to notify you when new items are added to NUsearch that match your query.
  • Search history. A record of your search queries in the current search session. You don't need to be signed in to see this and they are not retained when you leave NUsearch.

My Favourites showing the Saved Records list


How do I save search searches in NUsearch?

If you are signed in to NUsearch you can save your searches at any time – just click on the Save search icon directly above your results list.

A confirmation appears at the top of the screen which also allows you to turn on email notifications for the query:

 Saving a search query by clicking o the "Save query" option above the results list

To view your saved queries go to My Favourites and click on the Saved searches.

Saved searches tab in My Favourites

From this list you can:

  • run a search again by clicking on the search title
  • click on the crossed out pin icon to remove a saved search altogether, and this can be done individually or in bulk.
  • set up email notificatons by clicking on the bell icon. Every time new items are added to NUsearch that match your query, you will receive an email with full details to keep you right up-to-date. The alert uses the email address you registered with the library, but you have the option to change this to another if you want to.To remove the alert click on the bell icon again.

How do I save search results I have found in NUsearch?

Every item in your results list has a pin icon in the top right hand corner and if you click this you will automatically add it to your list of saved records in My favourites. A highlighted record means that item has already been added:

Results showing the pin icon and a yellow highlighted result already added to My Favourites

Saving multiple records

You can select one or more items by clicking the check boxes to the left of each result.

Above your results list on the left you have the option to select all 10 records on the first page, and from there you can choose the top 50 results if you want to. All of these results can be pinned and added to your saved records list at the same time by clicking the pin icon.

List of results with two selected and above results list option to select 10 or 50 items and the pin icon to add them to My Favourites

Viewing your saved records

Go to My Favourites by clicking the pin icon top right of the screen. Select Saved Records. .

You can choose to add one or more labels to each record. Click on Add labels under each item title. All records are unlabelled by default, so tagging records with a label means you can create sub-groups of records within your overall list that can be viewed quickly by clicking on the labels list on the right hand side of the screen.

Saved records can be selected individually or in bulk using the checkboxes next to each item. There are options to unpin items from your list or export them out of NUsearch by email, printer or to a referencing tool such as Endnote.

My Favourites showing the Saved Records list


How do I export my search findings into my University referencing tool from NUsearch?

You can export your search results into EasyBib, Mendeley, EndNote Web, RefWorks, RIS (which uses EndNote Desktop if you have it installed on the computer you are using) and BibTex.

For individual records, click on the three dots to the right of the title:

NUsearch result showing menu item for more export options

This will then show more options, including export options to various reference management tools:

"Send to" menu options with different export options highlighted

For multiple records, select all the results to be exported. Click the three dots menu at the top right of the results list. Export options will appear:

Exporting multiple search results


How do I share links to resources?

If you would like to share links to resources, you can create a NUsearch permalink by locating the record in NUsearch and clicking the Permalink option:

Screenshot of a record in NUsearch with the Permalink icon highlighted using a red box

Screenshot of the permalink option in NUsearch showing the permalink URL and the option to copy to clipboard


Can I email or print my search results?

For individual records, click on the three dots to the right of the title:

NUsearch result showing menu item for more export options

This will then show more options, including the Print and E-mail options:

"Send to" menu options with email and print options highlighted

For multiple records, select all the results to be exported. Click the three dots menu at the top right of the results list.The Print and E-mail options will appear:

Printing or Emailing multiple search results


What are tags and how do you use them?

Choose Tags from the NUsearch menu to look for labels that others have used to link common search results together, and also view tags that you have created.

NUsearch main menu showing ellpisis icon to see more menu options

NUsearch main menu showing Tags menu option

You can search for tags and view the most popular and recently added tags:

NUsearch Tags search

Clicking on a tag name opens the Advanced Search page and shows you a list of all the records that have been tagged with that term. You can then readjust your search query using the other drop down options if you want to

To create a tag:

  1. Sign into NUsearch
  2. Run a search and click on a result to view the full details
  3. In the Tags section click Add your own tags:

    Add your own tags menu option in Tags section of full record

  4. Type in the name of your tag and it will be added to the record. NUsearch remembers all of the tags you have created and will give you the option to pick one of them before you start typing a new one.

     Adding a tag  

To delete the tags you have created:

  1. Sign into NUsearch
  2. Choose Tags from the NUsearch top menu
  3. Click on one of the tags you have created to see all of the records that have been tagged.

    Showing "My recent tags" in the Tag search
  4. Click on a result to view the full details. From here you can delete the tag:

     Showing option to remove a personal tag



How do I change the text size in NUsearch? 

You can increase or reduce the text size by using your browser's zoom function.  On most browsers:

  • pressing the Control and + keys together will increase the size of the page
  • pressing the Control and - keys together will decrease the size of the page
  • pressing the Control and 0 keys together will return the page size to the original

On a Macintosh computer, you should use the 'Command' key instead of 'Control' in these combinations

For more information, visit the University’s Accessibility webpages.



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