Hirsla - Landspítali University Hospital >
|If you have never used Hirsla before these quick guides will introduce you to it's core functions and assist you in finding content as well as personalising and navigating around the site.
What is Hirsla?
|This is Landspitali's (LSH) repository or digital archive. It is intended to capture, store and preserve LSH employees' scholarly works and to make it available to the research community through Open Access protocols. Hirsla contains articles from both Icelandic and international journals.
How is it organized?
|This repository is organized into a hierarchical structure based upon MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and LSH infrastructure. Subjects (communities), sub-subjects and collections are intended to correspond to specialties within LSH as well as organisational hierarchy.
Subjects represent the top-layer, Sub-subjects are a further division of the subject. Collections are groups of related documents. It is essentially a simple file system that allows for as many layers as required. In March 2007 there are 15 subjects (communities) representing different departments. These are Biological Sciences, Nursing etc
The Unit for Nutrition Research has no sub-subjects but has a number of collections within it each representing a different type of item. On the other hand Biological Sciences is divided into three sub-subjects: Biochemistry, Biology and Genetics. Each one of these sub-subjects will have their own collections in which scholarly work from specific research labs is stored.
So what will you find here?
|Institutional archives are often created exclusively for pre and post-print research articles. However, in Hirsla you will in the future also find technical reports, conference papers, theses, book chapters, editorial articles, educational material etc. Hirsla will therefore house various forms of scholarly output.
Do you need to register?
|For searching, browsing and viewing all the open access content there is no registration required. However, if you want to view access restricted documents or sign up for email alerts to newly added content you will need to register, as you would with any site.
|There are two principal ways of finding content within this repository searching and browsing.
The simple search box appears in the top left hand corner of each page of the site with the exception of the submission form. Enter your search term and you're away.
You will find that there is an additional search box on each community, sub-community and collection home page. This search box will allow you to carry out a simple search at that level of hierarchy or any level below it using a drop down menu.
Here are a few tips on searching:
The site search box
|Search terms entered in the site search box will be searched against all indexed metadata fields ; as well as the full text for PDFs, Microsoft Word documents and RTF files.|
What is not searched - stop words
|The search engine ignores certain words that occur frequently in English, but do not add value to the search. These are:|
"a", "and" , "are" , "as" , "at" , "be" , "but" , "by" , "for" , "if" , "in" , "into",
"is" ,"it" ,"no" , "not" , "of" , "on" , "or" , "such", "the" , "to" , "was"
|Use an asterisk (*) after a word stem to get all hits having words starting with that root, for example:
will retrieve selects, selector, selectman, selecting etc
|The search engine automatically expands words with common endings to include plurals, past tenses ...etc.|
|To search using multiple words as a phrase, put quotation marks (") around the phrase, for example:
Exact word match
|Put a minus (-) sign before a word if it should not appear in the search results. Alternatively, you can use NOT. This can limit your search to eliminate unwanted hits. For instance, in the search:
training-cat or training NOT cat
you will get items containing the word "training", except those that also contain the word "cat".
Eliminate items with unwanted words
|Put a plus (+) sign before a word if it MUST appear in the search result. For instance, if the word "training" is optional, but the word "dog" must be in the result you would use:
|The following Boolean operators can be used to combine terms. Note that they must be CAPITALIZED ! AND - to limit searches to find items containing all words or phrases combined with this operator, e.g.
cats AND dogs
will retrieve all items that contain BOTH the words "cats" and "dogs". OR - to enlarge searches to find items containing any of the words or phrases surrounding this operator
cats OR dogs
will retrieve all items that contain EITHER the words "cats" or "dogs". NOT - to exclude items containing the word following this operator, e.g.
training NOT cat
will retrieve all items that contain the word "training" EXCEPT those also containing the word "cat". Parentheses can be used in the search query to group search terms into sets, and operators can then be applied to the whole set, e.g.
(cats OR dogs) AND (training OR discipline)
|Underneath the simple search box is a link to the advanced search page. The advanced search page allows you to specify the fields you wish to search, and to combine these searches with the Boolean "and", "or" or "not". You can restrict your search to a community by clicking on the arrow to the right of the top box. If you want your search to include all Hirsla's content then leave that box in the default position. Select the field to search in the left hand column and enter the word or phrase you are searching in the right hand column. You can select the Boolean operator to combine searches by clicking on the arrow to the right of the "AND" box.|
Note: You must use the input boxes in order. If you leave the first one blank your search will not work.