Limo Help

Performing Searches in Limo

Basic searches

You can search very easily in Limo. Just type one or more words you are looking for and click the Search button. The tabs above the search box indicate which collection you will be searching. When you move the mouse over on of these tabs, Limo shows you more information about the content of the collection.

Note: for articles and e-books from Primo Central, the results list is by default limited to those items that are full text available when you are on campus. To view all items - also the ones that are not full text available online - tick the checkbox "More items without full text online" in the left-hand pane.

To start searching, enter your keywords(s) in the search box and click the Search button. Limo assumes that you are searching for all the words you type in. To use other Boolean operators (OR, NOT), you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, Limo will consider them as part of the query.

Searching for a Phrase

To search for a phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase. You can combine both words and phrases in your search.
For example : "Global warming"
If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, the system will find items that contain both words (global AND warming), regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.

Searching for any specified words or phrases You can search for items that contain at least one of the words or phrases you type in the Search box. To do so, type OR between the words or phrases.
For example: Irish OR Celtic
Excluding words or phrases You can exclude items that contain specific words or phrases. To do so, type NOT and then type the word or phrase to exclude.
For example: Netherlands NOT Holland
Searching using wildcard characters You can include the following wildcard characters in your searches:
? enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search.
For example, type dollari?ation to search for records that contain the strings dollarization and dollarisation.

* enter an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search.
For example, type bank* to search for records that contain bank, banks, banker, banking.
Grouping terms within a query You can use parentheses () to group terms within a query.
For example: Shakespeare AND (tragedy OR sonnet)

Advanced Searches

Here a number of filters are available that allow to reduce the number of search results before the query is actually run. They cover:
  • the bibliographic fields searched: you can specify whether the search terms used should appear in title, author/creator or subject field only, or in any field;
  • the publication date
  • the language of publications you wish to find
  • the search scope (for some institutions only): you can select a subset of the collections to search.
  • Finally, you can also
    • search for titles that start with a certain term: you select starts with from the dropdown next to the fieldname. (nb. you can only select Title here.)
    • search for exact phrases (e.g. global warming): you select contains exactly form the dropdown next to the fieldname.

  • Refine your results list using faceted navigation

    One of the key attributes of Limo is that it performs a unified search across a multitude of library resources: in particular print and electronic books and journals, but also audiovisual materials and digital objects. With Advanced Search you can limit the number of hits for a query before actually launching the search, by setting a time frame (limit by Publication Date), selecting a resource type (limit by Material Type) or choosing the language (limit by Language). You also have three separate search panels at your disposal for the formulation of more complex searches.

    This traditional, OPAC-style way of searching is abandoned in Simple Search, where you can start searching simply by entering one or more search terms in a single search box. By default the system runs any Simple Search action across the full breadth of the local collection and a considerable, ever-growing part of the digital collection of databases and e-journal collections. Consequently searches can yield many hundreds or even thousands of relevant hits. Even considering that the results list is relevance ranked by default, which means that the more relevant hits appear at the top, such very large numbers can be pretty intimidating and overpowering to the user. However, each set of results also comes with a number of facets displayed in a separate panel to the left. Drawn from the metadata of the search results, they offer a variety of filters that help to refine the outcome of any search operation: by zooming in on the hits that correspond to the chosen criterium or criteria, the total number of results is reduced.
    Besides, for items from Primo Central, the results list is initially filtered to display only those items that are full text available if you are on campus, but you can expand your results list to view all items. 

    Different types of facets can be shown next to any results list.

    Expand your results

    For articles and e-books from Primo Central, the results list is by default limited to those items that are full text available when you are on campus. To view all items - also the ones that are not full text available online - tick the checkbox MORE RESULTS WITH NO FULL TEXT.


  • Always at the top are limiters that allow you to focus on specific sets of results. Depending on the items you have actually found, these limiters can be displayed:
    • Physical items: limits the results list to physical items (printed, audiovisual,..) that you can find on the shelves or closed stacks in the library. 
    • Peer-reviewed: limits your results to journal articles that have been thoroughly checked by fellow scholars and researchers before publication.
    • Full Text Online: shows online publications, access to which is assured by the library of your institution (whereas the full set of results may also contain online publications which are not accessible because your institution does not have a subscription or license).
      It goes without saying that you need to be on campus in order to access those items.
  • Search filters

  • In addition to those limiters the following search filters help you to refine your set of results:
    • RESOURCE TYPE: filter by type of material (e.g. Articles, Audiovisual material, Books, Dissertations, etc.).
    • CREATOR: filter by author or editor

      Please note: if you have a lot of search results, probably not all authors/editors will be listed here but only the 50 most frequently shown authors in this result list.

    • Topic: filter by topic

      Be warned: the topics shown derive from separate databases and consequently never cover the full set of results; this also explains the occurrence of similar topics which correspond to different items

    • LANGUAGE: filter by language of the original publication.
    • COLLECTION: filter by database from which Limo has retrieved the results: e.g. LIBISnet Catalogue, Lirias, OneFile (GALE), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ),
    • Journal Title: filter by title of the journals in which articles retrieved have been published.
    • LIBRARY: filter by library where the printed copy of a hit is available.
    • Note: Unlike other filters, the library filter shows the libraries sorted alphabetically

      For each limiter and filter (except for the library filter) Limo by default shows the three items with most results. Additional items can be viewed by clicking the More options link.
    • You can select more than one item per facet. To do so, click the link More Options. This brings up a box listing all of the facet values for the chosen facet. You can refine the search by choosing to include one or more facet values. You can see what refinements have been applied by looking at the Refined by area at the top of your results. Excluded facets show the facet value with a line trough the facet. You can delete a facet by clicking the X

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