Online Renewal

All loans may be renewed online on or before the due date. Renewal (except short-term loan) may be granted provided that no other borrower requests the item and that there is no unresolved issue recorded in the library record


1. Access your Library Record


Click on “My Library Record” from the Library Homepage.


2. Sign-In



3. View Loan record


Click on “My Loans” to display your “Loans” record.


4. Renew all items


Click on “Renew All”


5. Items renewed


New due dates will be displayed if the renewal is successful


(Explanation note will be displayed for the declined renewal)


6. Exit your Library Record


Click on “Sign Out” to exit your Library Record

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Online Request

User can place a hold on an item (except for items of Multimedia and Reserve collections) currently checked out or currently on hold shelf. To request an item, user may follow the online request guide as follows:


1. Search your desired item


Enter keywords and submit your search from the Discovery Search page.


2. Display full record


Click on your desired item to view its full record


3. Locate your desired item



4. Sign-In


Sign in with your Institute network account & password;


5. Request your desired item


Click on “Request”


For multi-volumes title, click on “Request” of the desired volume:


6. Submit your request


Click on “Send Request” to submit the request


7. Request Succeeded


Click on “Send Request” to submit the request


8. Exit your Library Record


Click on “Sign Out” to exit your Library Record

Select Your Search Scope
In order to retrieve the resources you want, identify the search scope by selecting Library Catalogue + Article Plus, Library Catalogue or Article Plus from the drop-down list. Then insert keyword(s) in the search box and click    icon to perform a search. 

Perform a Search

Search for a Phrase

To search for a phrase, type quotation marks (“  ”) around the phrase.

Example: Artificial intelligence is meaningful when it is searched as a phrase. Thus, quotation marks can be added to bring the two words together:

Note: If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, Discovery Search will find resources that contain each individual word in the phrase, regardless of the word order.


Search for Specified Words or Phrases

Discovery Search performs search for all words you type in the box. Thus, it is not necessary to use Boolean operator AND to aid your search. However, you can use OR to search for resources that contain one of the words or phrases you type in, or both. In this case, the search results will expand.

Example: OR can be used to search for resources with the word tumor or neoplasm, or both:


Exclude Words or Phrases

You can exclude resources that contain certain words or phrases. Insert NOT before the word or phrase you want to exclude. The search results will be narrowed down.

Example: To search for resources with the word neoplasm but without the word tumor, insert NOT before the latter:


Search Using Wildcard Characters 

Wildcard characters are advanced search techniques for broadening the search results:
  • Question mark (?)
To perform search for variation of a single character
Example: Type wom?n to search for resources that contain woman or women
  • Asterisk (*)
To perform search for variation of multiple characters
Example: Type econom* to search for resources that contain strings such as economyeconomics and economical

Note: Discovery Search ignores wildcard characters placed at the beginning of a search term (e.g., it treats the search terms ?ale and *ale as if you had searched for ale instead of the terms you may want to see, such as tale, male or whale).


Group Terms Within a Query

You can use parentheses to group terms in your search.

Example: To search for cancer and either tumor or neoplasm, you can create the search combination as follows:

Note: To use Boolean operators within words or phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, Discovery Search ignores them and performs only a simple search that includes all words or phrases.
Access Print Resources

Locate a Print Resource

Once you see    icon on the result entry, it means that the print resource is available and can be found at the specified location in the Library.

Once clicking on the result entry, you will see the Get It section in the middle of the page where there is a "LOCATE" icon showing the location map of the General Collection.


Availability of the Print Resource

The number of copies available for loan is displayed. The status of “Item in place” indicates that the print resource is currently on the bookshelf of the specified collection.

Access e-Resources

View an e-Book 

When     icon is displayed on the result entry, it means that the book is in electronic format and therefore can be viewed both on and off campus. Click on the specified e-book platform under the View Online section to read the content.


View an e-Journal Article 

To view an e-journal article, click on either one of the links provided under the View Online section. All links can lead you to the full-text of the same journal article on different e-database platforms.

Resource Details
You may view more publication information of a book or an article such as edition, volume and issue, publisher as well as description in the Details section at the bottom of the page. You may also click on the links of Creator for other resources produced by the same author(s) / contributor(s) or Subject for resources with similar topics. 

Managing Tools
In the Send to section, there is a list of tools for you to manage your search records. You could print or email the records, or export them to Excel file. You could also make use of the EndNote Desktop / RIS tool to export relevant data to the reference management software for compiling in-text citations and reference lists. 

Refine Search Result
A variety of options are provided under Refine my results column on the right-hand side of the search result page for you to refine your search, including Resource Type, Subject and Publication Date.

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Advanced Search
Advanced Search allows you to:
  • Set which fields (Title, Subject, Any field, etc.) the search should be performed specifically and combine search terms using the options (contains, (is) exact, starts with) and Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) provided
  • Further refine the scope of your search by selecting Search Scope, Material Type, Language and Publication Date options
  • Multiply your search combination by                                 

Example: If you are looking for articles on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of people in Hong Kong, you may try the search combination of COVID-19 as part of the title plus “mental health” (with parenthesis for searching as a phase) and Hong Kong as search terms appearing in any given fields. Select Article Plus to look for articles only.

The following record, with search terms highlighted in yellow in the specific fields you set, is generated:

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Search Specific Journals
On top of the Discovery Search homepage, there is a JOURNAL SEARCH option where you can search for specific journals subscribed by the Library.

You can either type the journal title or its ISSN directly in the search box and click , or browse the journal titles in terms of subject under the Journals by category section on the left.
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To add resources to My Favorites permanently, you have to sign-in on the top right-hand corner. 

Add Resources & Save Search Queries

Add Resources to My Favorites

When you click on a result entry, the icon changes to   with the whole entry highlighted in yellow.

The resource will then be automatically added to My Favorites  on the top right-hand corner of the search result page.

After clicking , you will be directed to My Favorites where the profiles of Saved Records, Saved Searches and Search History are shown.


Save Search Queries to My Favorites 

You can save your search query by clicking    icon next to the number of results.

Your search query will be saved in the profile of Saved Searches in My Favorites.

Note: If you do not sign in, you can only view your search queries of the current session in the Search History profile. Once you close the Discovery Search, all your search queries will be lost. Therefore, to save your time and effort, please remember to sign in to save your queries permanently.
On Mobile
You can access Discovery Search on the mobile phone both on and off campus. The features in mobile version and PC version are the same. However, the interface of the mobile version is adjusted to fit a smaller screen size.
Basic Search
Refine My Results
Discovery Search
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