1. How can I perform a search?
2. How do I perform a search using indexes?
3. What are the available search types?
4. What language do I use to perform a search?
5. Can I perform a search using an entire phrase?
6. How do I limit my search results?
7. What is Information Item?
8. What is My account and how can I activate it?
9. What is My List?
10. Where can I get a barcode in order to manage my list and follow my borrower account online?
11. I found the material that I’m interested in. How do I get it?

1. How can I perform a search?

A.: Select the type of search you prefer and your desired index, enter your search term and press the Go button or the enter key on the keyboard.

For more efficient use:

­Use the * character (the asterisk) at the beginning or at the end of a word (e.g. Sonat* = will also include sonata, sonatas, sonate, sonatina, etc.)

• Use words without articles, pronouns (e.g. , , , , , the, that, l’, la, le, il, les de, des, das, etc.) and punctuation marks (comma, hyphen, etc.)

• For double names, such as Rimsky – Korsakov, you enter the names without hyphen (e.g. Rimsky Korsakov).

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2. How do I perform a search using indexes?

A.: You may search by using the: Keyword and Alphabetical.

a. In keyword indexes, you need to enter a search terms in order to retrieve results of bibliographic records that will include the term you entered (this term will be included at a corresponding place to the index, e.g. at the title, name, subjects, etc.)

b. Inalphabetical indexes you need to enter a search term in order to retrieve results of bibliographic records in an alphabetical list that corresponds to the term you entered.

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3. What are the available search types?

A.: There are four (4) types of search available.

   a. Keyword: Search for one or more terms in the selected index:

General keyword, Name keyword, Title keyword, Subject keyword, Notes / Contents, Journal keyword, Publisher keyword, Series keyword, ISBN, ISSN, ISMN.
e.g. Subject: Baroque music

   b. Alphabetical: Alphabetical search in the selected index:

Title begins with…, Name begins with…, Journal title begins with…
e.g. Name begins with… : Bel (for Bellini, Vincenzo)

    c. Advanced: Search simultaneously for one or more terms in multiple indexes, which can be sorted by name, title, or publication date and can be limited by the type of material.
e.g. General index: Handel
      Limits: Scores
      Sort: Title
The search results are titles of scores by Handel, which are sorted alphabetically.

    d. Boolean: Search simultaneously for one or more terms in multiple indexes, which can be combined using AND, OR, NOT, XOR operators, that can be sorted by name, title, or publication date and can be limited by the type of material.\

e.g. Subject: concertos KAI/AND Subject: piano
      Limits: Scores
      Sort: Publication date
The search results are scores of piano concertos, which are sorted according publication date.

e.g. Subject: classical OXI/NOT music ­= classical philology, classical ballet, classical Athens, not music.
The search results are titles where the subjects are NOT classical music, but, for example, classical philology, classical ballet, classical Athens.

e.g. Name: /OR Skalkottas
The search results are titles which include both names, that are contextualrelated or / and synonymous.

e.g. Subject: classical music XOR baroque music = classical music, baroque music
The search results are work titles, which are independent but related to the terms of search.

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4. What language do I use to perform a search?

To search for Greek items use Greek language while for foreign item search in the corresponding language.
Attention: to search by subject, use only English language.
As an exception, you should use Greek language to perform a search by subject for names of Greek composers or authors, (e.g. , ), Greek titles (e.g. ) and Greek institutions (e.g. ).

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5. Can I perform a search using an entire phrase?

A.: Yes, you can perform a search for an entire phrase by using Keyword indexes.

More specifically, you need to enter your search phrase inside quotation marks (“”), e.g. to search for greek songs, you will enter “greek songs” (including the quotation marks “”). If you do not include the quotation marks (“”­), then the system will search for the individual terms and not for the entire phrase.

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6. How do I limit my search results?

A.: In Advanced or Boolean search, you can initially select one of the available limits: (Books, Scores, Recordings, Visual material, Journals, Microforms and Other).
In Keyword search it is possible to limit your results by selecting Sort by: and Limit by from the box in the top right corner of the page.

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7. What is Information Item?

A.: These are additional choices that you can find on the left handside of the analytical record and give the possibility for parallel and additional search of the Library’s catalog and the Web. 

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8. What is My account and how can I activate it?

A.: Library’smembers can activate their account by inserting their membership card barcode and full name (e.g. Papadopoulou, Maria).
This could be done even from a remote location through the Library’s website.
The use of your My account gives you the opportunity to gather and manage the titles you are interested in. You could even send these titles to any email account.
This gives you the option to manage up to 20 different lists of titles. Every list could include up to 20 titles and remains in your account for 90 days.
When you go to Check out you can track all the books you are currently using, any books that they are due and those that are lost.
If you go to Profile you can apply for a change of your personal information details by clicking on Request change.
If you switch off your browser or leave the system idle for more than 10 minutes you will have to login again.
When you finish using your account click on Logout.

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9. What is My List?

A.: This is a virtual storage room where you can temporarily save titles from your search results and/or save them in your account.
To save titles temporarily in your list, click on Add to my list, which you can find in the analytical and/or in the concise record.
The titles are being stored directly to My List – at upper right hand corner of your screen.
To delete a list you need to login to your account. Click on My List and then on Manage Lists.
A catalog with your stored list appears. Click on Delete, which is next to the list that you wish to delete.
For renaming a list you follow the above procedure clicking on Rename, which is next to the list you wish to rename. You enter a new name for the list and click on OK.
If you close your browser or leave the system unattended for more than 10 minutes, your lists will be automatically deleted unless you login on My account.
Please note that when you login, your account will be available only for as long as you use OPAC, so that your lists can be saved.

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10. Where can I get a barcode in order to manage My List and follow my borrower account online?

A.: You need to register as a member of the Library in order to receive a membership card and your barcode. You can register free of charge at the Circulation Desk.

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11. I found the material that I’m interested in. How do I get it?

A.: When you find the material that you are interested in, print the page of the analytical record (see page below).
Write your last name in an obvious place and hand it in to the Circulation Desk.