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SZTE Contenta repositories are the e-collections of the digital and digitized academic materials related to the University of Szeged. This platform provides combined search options in the following repositories:

Search options

With the drop-down list under the “Match”  menu we can define the relation between our search fields.

“ALL Terms” - the results contain every given term
“ANY Terms” - the results contain any given term (at least one of them)
“NO Terms” - the results exclude the given term (it requires at least another “Search Group”)

Having at least two “Search Groups”  enables us to define relations between them (“ALL Terms”, “ANY Terms”).

In the “Advanced search”  option we can refine the results by document types, in the “Source” list we can specify the repository we want to search in, and there is a “Year of Publication” slider to define a particular date period.

We can always return to our previous results lists with the “Search History”  option on the bottom of the page.

? (single character wildcard search)

It is a local substitute standing for only one character if we want to search for different variations of a word, for example both the singular (woman) and the plural forms (women): (wom?n)

* (multiple character wildcard search)

It is a general substitute standing for at least one character. Use it in order to search for every possible suffix of a word. For example, (writ*) will give you the following results: written, writing, writings, write, writer, etc.

You can use the wildcard search character in the middle of a term, but you cannot use the (*) nether the (?) symbols as the first character of a search term.

 ~ (fuzzy search)

Always use it at the end of a single word search to get results which are indefinite/fuzzy and similar to the expression search term. For example, you can use it to search for the different spellings of a name. (Tchaikovsky~) will give you: (Czajkowski, Chaikovski, Csajkovszkij, etc.

With an additional parameter, whose value can be between 0 and 1, we can specify the degree of similarity. For example, (Tchaikovsky~0.8) - with a value closer to 1 only those terms will be matched which have a higher similarity. Without any given parameter the default setting is 50% similarity (0.5).

~ (proximity search)

Using the tilde symbol at the end of a multiple word term will give you results where the terms occur within a certain number of words from each other. You will get a more relevant result list regarding your whole search term. For example: ("economics Keynes"~10) where 10 is the maximum number of words apart.

Boolean Operators

 Boolean operators allow terms to be combined with logical operators. They must be written in ALL CAPS. 


This is the default conjunction operator. If there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the AND operator is automatically used. It will only give you results with both terms appearing at least once in the record fields.

(Keynes economics) (Keynes AND economics)


It is quite similar to the AND operator. The difference is that your list will contain results where at least one of the words of the record fields appear.

(Keynes OR economics)

+ (required)

Use this to search technique for records that must contain one or more words from your multiple word term, but not necessarily all of them. For example to search for records that must contain (economics) and may contain (Keynes) use the following query:

(+economics Keynes)


- (prohibit) and NOT

The prohibit and the NOT operators can be both used for excluding a word from your result list.

(economics -Keynes)

(economics NOT Keynes)


“Browse the Catalog” and “Browse Alphabetically” gives you alphabetical lists either by authors or topics.

“Browse Alphabetically” generates results lists containing all the titles, authors or topics from our repositories. Only one character has to be given in the "starting from" field.

“Explore Channels” offers you random documents from the different repositories grouped by “Author”, “Topic” or “Format”.

“New items” shows the latest items uploaded into any of the repositories.

Results lists

On the left side of our results page the following limiters are available to refine our results list:

Saved searches

When logged in to our account, “Email this search” and “Save search” options become available on the bottom of our results list.

We can also save certain items from our results list with “Saved items”. First we have to create at least one list. Click on “Create a list” on your account page.

We can either click on “Save to List” from the options on the right side of the results, or save multiple items at the same time using the check boxes on the left and clicking on “Save”.

QR code: Click “Show QR code” (on the right of an item) to get the QR code of the url.

Item list

It is a temporary list for saving certain results during a current search session. We can export the items or save them to our lists (after logging in). With the "Empty Item list" option you can completely clear the temporary list, but you can also delete items using the check boxes.

Top menu options

“Login”: Registered members of the library can use the customized services of the Contenta Combined Search engine without the need for registration in the database (username - library card/university staff card/student card number and default password - date of birth in a given form DD-MMM-YY).

After logging in, “Your Account” item becomes available.

Language: the page is available in English and Hungarian

Feedback: feel free to ask our colleagues any Contenta Combined Search engine related question either with the contact form, or via email: