Searching BIROn

How do I search BIROn?

  • BIROn's front page features a basic form which searches multiple fields, including the content of full-text files.
  • It also links to an advanced search by more specific criteria like author, date or title.
  • Use the refine option to narrow your results further.
  • Search full-text files with the Full Text field.  For example, looking for a specific phrase like "near-earth cosmic environment".  This also works in the basic search.

How do I browse BIROn?

  • The top (grey/black) navigation bar enables browsing by Year, School, Research Centre, Author, Journal Title and Output Type.  Click on the link to see a list for each.
  • BIROn's Twitter feed is updated with new content as it arrives.

Can I save my searches?

  • Users with accounts who perform a search will see an option to Save. You can then configure alerts for any new content meeting your search criteria.  View your saved searches by following the link in the navigation bar.
  • Non-registered users, (i.e. students and non Birkbeck-affiliated researchers) can set up an RSS/Atom feed for each search to keep up to date with new entries matching your search criteria.
  • RSS/Atom feeds can also be added to personal web pages to provide a dynamic publications list.

Can I export search results?

  • Results can be exported in fifteen formats, including those compatible with Endnote and Reference Manager.  Choose one from the drop-down list at the head of your search results.

What does "Request A Copy" mean?

  • The Request a Copy button should only appear when BIROn holds a locked copy of the full-text (due to copyright or embargo.)  This sends a request to the author for a copy of the item, and provision of such is at his/her discretion.  If provided, this copy is distributed on an individual basis only for private study and/or review, and must not be distributed further.


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