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Who we are and what you get

dandelon.com is an independant academic library catalogue produced by a sharing community of libraries in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. We all capture tables of contents of printed and electronic books and run AI based translation and deep indexing on chapter level. So you can search more specific than with normal library subject indexing. Main subjects areas are social science, economics, natural science, life science, technologies and art as well as regional literature about Western, Eastern and Northern Europe and South America. About 10.000 items are added monthly. There are links to holding libraries and the KVK for searching holdings at other libraries globally or at booksellers. Some libraries extract articles from printed periodicals, most often not available online elsewhere.
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1. is free for private use, no fees, no misuse of user data, no advertising

2. has a easy top down navigation via facet selection

3. show with the button "Created: 2 days" latest additions in realtime

4. displays documents immediately

5. links to library OPACs for physical access, a gateway to virtual catalog KVK and ZDB for finding other libraries

6. offers for our community of associated libraries a collaborative bidirectional physical exchange of data

7. shares data with library services centers, used by thousands of libraries and their patrons

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dandelon.com is based on intelligentSEARCH, an AGI application build with HCL Domino and Elastic Search. Fields and files in the documents are indexed in real time. The interface emphasizes the importance of a dialog for getting precise results, please use the facets for refining the search and do not hesitate to use field searching and advanced search syntax. Search results automatically display tables of content (TOC) and highlights your search terms in FireFox and Adobe Acrobat as PDF viewer. On click directly move to next TOCs. Enlarge thumbnails of front pages. Read abstracts, use permalinks for forwarding or reuse, open the full text of eBooks at publisher websites. For lending open the catalog of the libraries producing this content or check at KVK (books) or ZDB (articles) for other libraries. Put items via an export in RIS format to your personal reference management program. Articles can be displayed in the order of the printed TOC, often good for finding close related content.