My Library

Search Tips

The Library Catalogue

You'll find the library's books and dvd:s in Libsearch and in the Library Catalogue. This help text is for the Library Catalogue, where you place holds and check your loans.


Use the catalogue to search for books, journals and films at Malmö University's three libraries. Available items are checked out using self-issue machines and you may return them at any of the libraries.

STATUS tells you if the book is available or checked out:

DUE + date the item is checked out until this date
AVAILABLE the book can be checked out
LIB USE ONLY the book may only be used in the library
ON HOLDSHELF the item is on hold for another patron

Books, journals and films that are available online do not have any holdings information. Click on the link and log in using your computer ID in order to access them.

Teaching Films - Undervisningsfilm - may only be used by University staff for teaching.

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Requesting Items

You can reserve (place a hold on) books and films in the catalogue. Click on Request and then enter your name, library card number and chosen pickup location (you will not have to enter all your details if you are already logged into your library account). You will get an email when the item is ready for pickup. Please note the pickup by date.

You can no longer place a hold on an available item, and therefor you can no longer freeze your holds.

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You may renew your checked out items online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves. You may not rewnew if you have more than 99 kr in fines.

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
  2. Click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

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My Reading History

My Reading History is a list of books and other items that you have borrowed. When you have opted in to this service, details of items you borrow from then on are saved in your library account. You can at any time delete all or part of this list, or opt out of the service altogether. No one else can access your reading history.

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Advanced Keyword Search Tips

Multiple Words

When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.

Phrase Searches

Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.


A phrase Search:
"university science department"


*   Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.

?   You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.


* Wildcard:
environment* polic*

? Wildcard:

Boolean Operators

Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.


Using Boolean operators:
stocks and bonds
stocks or bonds
stocks and not bonds

Field Limits

Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).

Field Limits and their meanings:

  • Author: Search only author fields
  • Title: Search only title fields
  • Subject: Search only subject fields
  • Note: Search only note fields
  • Subject: Search only subject fields


Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

Most relevant Most relevant titles 

Highly relevant Highly relevant titles 

Very relevant Very relevant titles 

Relevant Relevant titles 

Other relevant Other relevant titles 

Subject Terms

All printed books have Swedish subject terms, and there are often English subject terms for English language books, including many e-books. E-journals do not usually have subject terms.

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Saving your searches

If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
  2. Click on the "New Search" button.
  3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
  4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
  5. The next time that you log in to your My Millennium Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
  7. You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.


Items that you save will be removed at the end of the session unless you save to a list using My Lists. Du can create new lists as you save and these lists are found in My Library Account, where you can rename, export and delete them.

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Exporting To RefWorks or End-Note

Export your search results to RefWorks in two steps. First, save them in the library catalogue them import them to RefWorks or End-Note.

In the library catalogue:

  1. Save the item and go to View Bag >> Export Saved
  2. Choose the format End-Note/RefWorks, click Local Disk and then Submit. A text file is saved on your computer.

Import to RefWorks

  1. Log into RefWorks
  2. Choose References > Import
  3. Set Import filter/Data Source >> University Malmö
  4. Set Database >> Vega/Endnote View [Endnote View]
  5. Find the text file and choose Import

You can also export from My Lists in My Library Account. Open the right list and click on Export List, then choose the format End-Note/RefWorks, click Local Disk and then Submit. A text file is saved on your computer.

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