Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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  • I am looking for a particular journal article
    1. Find out the title of the journal in which the article can be found, as well as the year of publication, the volume and the issue number.
    2. To do so, look up the title of the article in a relevant bibliographical database (e.g., in the field of linguistics, MLA International Bibliography).
    3. Look up the title of the journal in RERO Explore or in Schweizer Zeitschriftenportal.
    4. If you found the article in question in another library, please check first if it may not also be found in RERO Explore Fribourg. If not, click on Inter-Library Loan in RERO (on the bottom of the page), log into your account (using your library card number and password) and fill in the form to effect an inter-library loan.
    5. If you cannot find the article in question in a RERO library, go to RERO Explore Fribourg and fill in the form Bestellungen ausserhalb des RERO-Gesamtkatalogs.
    6. If RERO’s ILL service cannot help you with your article, ask BLE staff, ask the BCU ILL service, or try using subito.
    7. Please be aware that any inter-library loan will cost you some money in fees.
  • I am looking for a particular book
    1. Look up the book’s title in RERO Explore Fribourg.
    2. If you found the book in question at the Central Library (BCU), you can order it online (using your library card number and password) via RERO Explore Fribourg. You may then check it out at the Central Library.
    3. If the book in question has been borrowed by another patron, or is still being processed, you can place a reservation. Once the book becomes available, you may check it out at the Central Library.
    4. If the book is available at the BLE, you can find it on the assigned shelf (check the book’s shelf mark and our library plan).
    5. If you cannot find the book in RERO Explore Fribourg, please do a search in all RERO. Once you have found the book, click on Inter-Library Loan in RERO (on the bottom of the page), log into your account (using your library card number and password) and fill in the form to effect an inter-library loan. Once the book becomes available, you will receive an e-mail and may then check it out at the Central Library.
    6. Use Swissbib if you cannot find the book in question in RERO. Then go to RERO Explore Fribourg and fill in the form „Bestellungen ausserhalb des RERO-Gesamtkatalogs“ using the data from Swissbib.
    7. If you cannot find the book in Swissbib: suggest a new acquisition, or ask BLE staff, or BCU ILL service staff.
    8. Please be aware that any inter-library loan will cost you some money in fees.
  • I am looking for references or literature on a particular topic
    1. Think of some search terms that might be used to describe your research topic.
    2. Translate these terms into French, since keywords in RERO are all in French.
    3. Use these terms to do a « simple search » in RERO Fribourg.
    4. If you get too many results, use the filtering options in the bar on the left side of the screen to narrow down your search: filter your results by document type, language, author, keywords, etc.
    5. If you do not get sufficient results, do a search in all RERO, or in Swissbib.ch.
    6. Hint: check out our subject guides for more information on doing searches in your area of study.