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Material Search

How can I find a book in the Library's collection?

You can look it up in the public electronic catalog (OPAC) from the VIKEP website. The OPAC is the primary tool for locating books, journals, and other library material.

The book I want to find appears in the Library's catalog as being in the Library, but I can't find it on the shelves. What can I do;

When you can't find a book:

  • it may be on loan (when on loan, status is: DUE and return date, eg DUE 08-05-17)
  • it may be in use in the reading room
  • it is being processed by the Library staff
  • it has not been returned in its place yet
  • it is still in a special collection or location that you didn't notice
  • it has been lost, etc. 

If none of the above apply or it is not obvious to you what is going on, ask for help from the Library staff.


I want to find a specific book, but I can't remember how the title begins. Is there a way to find it?

Of course. If you remember even one word of the title, the title will be found.

  • If you are not sure of the exact type of a word (eg case, number, gender), you can use the ellipsis symbol, i.e. add an asterisk after the word, to recall records containing the word in various types. E.g. if you write mathematic*, titles containing the terms mathematics, mathematicians, mathematic, etc. will be recalled. The same applies to searches in any capacity.
  • The more you narrow down the certain part of the word, the wider the list of results will be.
  • NOTE: The asterisk can be used interchangeably (not at the same time) and to the left of the word, e.g. *graphic for graphic, palaeographic, ethnographic, biographic, bibliographic, etc.


How do I limit the number of bibliographic records retrieved in my searches?

There are several ways to limit recall in advanced search. Check out some of them:

  1. Give as much specific information as you can. E.g. say Subject=Greek grammar and not Subject=Grammar or Subject=Greek language or Anywhere=Greek grammar.
  2. Apply the Boolean AND and/or AND NOT operators to the Advanced Search. E.g. the search Title=computer AND Author=Tanenbaum will retrieve records of books with the word computer in their title and whose author is Tanenbaum. The search Title=computer AND NOT Title=music will return all books that contain the word computer in their title, except those that also contain the word music. Boolean operators can be applied with almost any of the provided indexes, such as publisher, series title, collection, and year of publication.
  3. Use the restrictions provided on the search page, i.e. in the Advanced search:

(a) Material Type: select one of the types listed in the menu.

(b) Language: select the language you wish the text to be written.

(c) Publisher: enter the name of a publishing house.

(d) Year from/to: specify the years within which you want the documents you are looking for to have been published.

Thus, e.g. in the search Subject=history with restriction Language=English, all of the documents that contain the term history in the subject and are written in English will be retrieved.

The search results are very few. Is there more material for this subjest?

Some topics may be very specialized or outside of the Ionian University's main interests, and that's why the literature available at the Library may be limited. However, it is possible to improve your search results by following these tips:

  1. Choose a more general, hierarchically broader topic than your initial choice. E.g. If your initial search for Subject Structured programming did not retrieve satisfactory results, try Subject = Electronics -- Programming.
  2. Apply the Boolean operator OR. Its use broadens the search.
  3. Try using different terms. E.g. If your search with Subject=Bibliography did not return results, you can modify it using terms related to Bibliography, as follows: Subject=Catalog OR Subject=Classification -- Books.
  4. Remember that, whether you are satisfied with the search results, specialized or cutting-edge topics can be found in journal articles, conference proceedings, and research papers rather than print books. Therefore, visiting the HEAL-Link e-journals and the Library’s Thematic Portals will be useful.
The names of the authors are sometimes written in the books in Greek and sometimes in Latin characters. To find an author's works do I also have to write his name in both scripts?

No. The Library applies the appropriate international standards for authority control of names. Therefore, each name, regardless of how it is written in a book or other document, appears in the catalogue in the official form in which the creator writes or used to write his name in his language. In this way, you will find all the works of a creator gathered under one name and one form instead of looking for them in all the possible forms that various translators have chosen to transcribe the name.

For names derived from languages that use a different script, e.g. Cyrillic, names are transliterated into Latin according to the relevant standards, such as Tchekhov, Pushkin, Aitmatov, etc.

The same policy applies in cases where a name is considered as a subject, e.g. biography, criticism or commentary of his/her work, etc.

I found in the catalogue a book I'm interested in. How can I locate it on the shelves?

The Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.

On the spine of each book, there is a label with the DDC number of the book, along with other information such as the collection to which it belongs and the first three letters of the author's last name (or the first three letters of the title).

To locate a book that is in the library: 1) find the record in the catalogue, 2) find the area in which the collection is located (e.g., the Reading room, the Main Stacks etc.), 3) locate the numerical sequence of the taxonomic number. There may be several books in the same taxonomic number and they are placed in alphabetical order (first according to the Latin alphabet and then according to the Greek alphabet).

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