Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


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What are Ha:Lit's browser requirements?

Ha:Lit works best on the following browsers. Please try to use the most recent browser version available.

  • Google Chrome
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Additionally, JavaScript, Cookies and DOM Storage need to be activated in your browser for all functions to work.

What can I find in Ha:Lit?

Apart from the collections of the Library System Halle-Merseburg (the individual library collections), our Discovery System contains many free and licensed databases, E-Books, E-Journals as well as access to the contents of the GVK+   . You can find a full list of the included databases here.

Can I access the Discovery System from anywhere?

Partially yes. You can access Ha:Lit from anywhere. But you will not have access to licensed content, such as full texts from E-Journals or E-Books outside of the university's network. You will also not see all search results from certain databases, because the metadata from these sources has to be licensed.

To gain full access from anywhere, connect via VPN.

Do I have access to all titles Ha:Lit shows me?

No. Of course, you have access to our holdings as well as to Open Access titles and - if you are within the university's network - licensed eJournals and eBooks. Some of the data sources in Ha:Lit offer only bibliographical information, though. The purpose behind these is to show the user that there is other specific literature on the topic, which can be accessed by searching elsewhere and might be relevant.

Does all this work from my smartphone?

Yes. Ha:Lit works without issue on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

What is the difference to the OPAC?

The OPAC contains only a small part of all the sources included in Ha:Lit. The OPAC has been built for a specific search: The more precise the search is worded, the more specific and narrow the search results are.

The Discovery-System utilizes a different approach, best described as "thematic search". Heterogenerous data sources - which the user might not even know individually - are pooled together to bring a large number of results related to the search term. An important part for the usability of this principle is the so-called relevance ranking: The search terms found in the dataset are "weighed" - so the search term appearing in the title or keyword is rated higher than in the abstract or full text. Furthermore, the number of results can be limited by using the facets.

What do I have to know when searching in Ha:Lit?

The simple search will search for all words without limitations, rating a combinaton of search terms higher in the rankng. To refine the search, quotation marks might help, e.g. "Alexander the Great".

If different spellings or compound expressions are used, we recommend using the trunkated seach:

  • ? replaces exactly one letter: ?anada brings up Kanada and Canada
  • # replaces one or no letter: colo#r brings up color and colour
  • * replaces any number of letters: comput* brings up computer and computing

The limiter "Available in library" is set as a standard. This includes the library system's catalogues, licensed databases as well as Open Access sources. Results from the GVK, for example, are not shown.

The limiter "Catalog only" reduces the results to those found in the catalogues of the Library System Halle-Merseburg (OPAC).

Apart from that, your search can be refined through the use of facets for type of material, location, topic, source, data provider, publication, publisher, language and publication date.

All set facets and limiters can be found in the "Current Search" box found in the upper left, which you might have to open with a click. All filters can be removed here as well.

If you want to reset all search options to standard, click the New Search button in the top menu.

How are the facets generated?

The facets are generated dynamically for every search. If no content for a specific facet is found within the search results, it will automatically be disabled.

Can I use Ha:Lit to search for non-Latin scripts?

Yes. Since all contents are UTF-8 coded, searching for non-Latin scripts, such as Arabic or Cyrillic, is possible.

How can I export the search results out of Ha:Lit?

There are different ways to do this. Apart from the options to print or send via mail, the following functions are available when viewing a single title:

  • Cite: Gives a number of citation options, ready to be copied into a bibliography.
  • Export: Offers a number of export formats. All major reference manager programs are supported.
  • Permalink: Generates a static link to this title.

To export more than one title, add them to the folder. From here, you can export your results in the same way as a single title. Please note that the folder will automatically be deleted after the current session expires.

To save a full search (if you, for example, regularly search for "Martin Luther"), click on Share in the upper right corner of the results list and copy the Permalink from there. It will call up this search (including used filters) again.

How can I get additional help?

We are always happy to answer your questions. Please use our information desk or send us a .

In addition, the University and State Library Saxony-Anhalt is offering regular trainings.