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Free word search

Enter your search terms in the search box. It is not necessary to write keywords in Capitalized Case Letters.

In the drop-down menu at the end of the search box, you can choose to search by title, author or subject.

Search terms separated by spaces use the AND search logic and will return results containing all of your search terms.

For example:

canth minna

produces the same search results as

canth AND minna

After starting your search, you can for example narrow your search results by type of material or date of manufacture.

earch examples:


The search results return material related to children


This is a targeted search in which the quotes limit the search results to those that contain the word ”children.”

"political art"

It’s always a good idea to put phrases like these in quotes so that Arsca doesn’t interpret your search as separate words

arts education

This search is the same as entering arts AND education; the search will include all results related to arts and education

mimesis OR imitation

The search results will include results related to mimesis or imitation

"kivi aleksis"

The author’s name should be in quotes, and ideally the last name should be entered first


The asterisk truncates words so that the search may return results with a number of different endings, e.g. teaching and teachers

If, for example, you enter the name of a book in the search box, Finna predicts your search terms by offering results that may allow you to find your book directly.

You can find more instructions on forming search phrases in the Search syntax section.

Narrowing your search

The search results page displays the best results at the top based on the relevance of the match. You can change the order of the results by, for example, changing the date of manufacture to view from oldest to newest.

Narrow search -menu gives you multiple options to narrow down the search results.

Available online: limits the results to texts you can access via Arsca.

New in Arsca: Displays the collections which have most recently been added to Arsca.

Library: displays all Uniarts library locations whose collections appear in the results.

Type of material: includes different options based on the materials available in the collections, for example, books, scores/sheet music, recordings, etc.

Author: the creator(s) of the work or the rights holder(s)

Language: displays the language(s) in which the search results appear.

Language of original work: the original language of translated work.

Language of subtitles: subtitle language of video material.

Year: narrow the results to a certain year of publishing.

Date of manufacture: You can use the date of manufacture to display materials from a specific time period, for example, the 1980s-1990s. The bars in the chart will display the time periods in which materials are available.

  • All results
  • Results restricted to the indicated time period
  • Filter the results by date of publication, manufacture and creation

Subject: ready subject headings to help filter your search

Place: where the desired material is from

Science: narrow the results within a certain field of science, for example, "Arts and Humanities". Applies only in basic search, and to e-books and e-journals.

Included in a publication: will provide the name of the journal, if, for example, the results include articles.

Once you’ve selected your filters…

Arsca saves your selected filters and displays them below the search box. You can remove a single filter by simply clicking on the X by the filter in question. You can remove all filters by clicking and undoing the check mark by Save filters and starting a new search.