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Want to search for an exact keyword phrase?

Enter it in the search box in quotes ("").

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Are you only interested in printed resources?

Search Within CU Collections.

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Do you know the exact title, author or other information?

Use advanced search.

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Is UKAŽ returning too many results?

Use the filters in the Refine my results menu. You can filter by Availability, Subject, Library etc.

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You can also use filters to exclude some results.

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Did not find the document you were looking for?

Ask your faculty library.


Not sure about the spelling? Or a part of a phrase?

Use the question mark (?) as wildcard for one obscure character.

  • organi?ation, if you are not sure whether to use Z or S

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  • wom?n, if you want to search women and woman

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Use the asterisk (*) as wildcard for a character chain.

  • Use the asterisk (*) wildcard with care
  • midsummer * dream, if you don't know if the name is midsummer day’s dream nebo midsummer night’s dream

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  • astro*, if you search for keywords starting with astro-; query returns results with words astronomy, astrophysics, astrologist, astrophytum, atd.

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Boolean operators

Boolean operators must be written in UPPERCASE LETTERS, otherwise UKAŽ will take them as part of the search phrase!

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Do you only know part of the document's title and/or the author's name?

Write AND operator between each keyword.

  • If you are looking for e.g. Mathematical analysis by Rudin, insert AND between the title and the author's name


Are you looking for documents that contain at least one of several different words?

Write the OR operator between the words.

  • teaching OR education, if you want to find both records containing teaching and records containing education, or records containing both words


Do you want to exclude some words?

Use the NOT operator.

  • mediation NOT arbitration, if you are looking for mediation but want to exclude arbitration from the results


These operators can be combined with each other and with other options mentioned above, the search engine reads them from left to right

  • "common law" NOT "Czech Republic", if you are looking for the phrase common law, but you do not want results that have the phrase Czech Republic in the title or description (however, you do not exclude results where the words Czech and Republic are found in different parts of the description)

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  • “climate change” OR “global warming OR “ice melting acceleration” within the CU collections, if you want to find documents about climate change, global warming or ice melting acceleration

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  • America OR usa NOT “Latin America” within CU eReources if you want electronic documents that contain the words America or USA but not the phrase Latin America

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  • aspirin AND children AND "reye's syndrome", if you want results that contain the words aspirin, children and the phrase reye's syndrome at the same time; the results will not include documents that contain only one or two of these keywords, and will also ignore sources that contain the words syndrome or reye's alone

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  • smog AND asthma NOT china if you are looking for documents on the effects of smog on asthma but not interested in China

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  • therapy AND bulimia OR anorexia will find you bulimia therapy results and then all anorexia results because the search engine reads the query from left to right

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If you want the search engine to first look for papers on anorexia or bulimia and then select only those dealing with therapy, use brackets ():

  • therapy AND (bulimia OR anorexia) will search for documents on therapy for bulimia or therapy for anorexia, or for both disorders

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