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To do a basic keyword search, type in the blank text box :

  • one or several keywords separated by a blank space, e.g.: bouchardy cancer risk males
  • a locution, expression or phrase, which must be in quotation marks, e.g. : "first aid physician" concept metamed 2007

The use of capital or small letters does not influence the result of the research.

You can use wildcards in your search:

  • a question mark (?) replaces one character (several ?? may be used), e.g.: organi?ation → retrieves organization and organisation
  • an asterisk (*) replaces zero, one or several characters, e.g.: entrepr* → retrieves entrepreneur, entrepreneurial, etc.

A question mark (?) can be used at the beginning, inside or at the end of a search term whereas the asterisk (*) is used either inside or at the end of a search term.

Advanced Search

Advanced search allows combining several keywords, using Boolean operators and refining the query. You can search by title, author, abstract, date, full text, etc., using Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT.

  • AND = default operator for basic search, retrieves records containing all terms
  • OR = operator used to broaden the query, retrieves records containing either one or more terms
  • NOT = excludes records containing the second term.
Example : economy AND (management OR marketing)

When filtering search by "Language", the ISO language code must be used, e.g. "fre" for French. Here is the list of used languages:

  • French → fre
  • German → ger
  • English → eng
  • Arabic → ara
  • Armenian → arm
  • Chinese → chi
  • Greek → gre
  • Hebrew → heb
  • Italian → ita
  • Japonese → jpn
  • Portugese → por
  • Romanche → roh
  • Russian → rus
  • Spanish → spa
  • Other → mis

You can also specify a query by using filters by date, by institution (only the publications of the University of Geneva) or by full text (excludes bibliographic records with non-indexed full text).

Browse by...

A keyword search by index displays all the documents concerning one of the academic structures (faculty, section, and department). Navigation by author displays either an alphabetic list of the authors and/or all the publications of one author.