Hunter is a search tool customised to search our collections, so you can use it to find articles, books and more... Use these FAQS to find out more. 

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a book?
an e-journal article?
a print journal?


What is Hunter?

Hunter is a search engine that provides credible, relevance ranked results from the Library’s online and print collections in a single search. It is a fast and powerful means of searching millions of journal articles and database records.

It includes everything found in the Library’s catalogue, plus a lot of electronic journal content which SGUL subscribes to on your behalf.


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What am I searching on Hunter?

The default search is All Resources. This searches the library catalogue, e-journal articles and content in the SORA Repository.

Click the Expand beyond SGUL Library collection to include records outside of SGUL's Library Collection and for which we have no full-text availability.

Library catalogue
searches the SGUL Library catalogue only

Articles and more...
searches for electronic journal articles, book chapters, conference papers etc.

Journal Titles
searches for both print and electronic journal titles (e.g. BMJ; The Lancet)

SORA Repository
searches the SORA Repository to find articles and papers by SGUL staff and students.

What's the difference between 'All Resources' and 'Articles and more'?
'All Resources' searches the whole Hunter index. This includes SGUL's Library Catalogue, e-journal articles, and content in the SORA Repository. 'Articles and more' searches all the SGUL resources and collections except the Library Catalogue and the SORA repository. You can, for example, use 'Articles and more' to search for electronic journal articles that we subscribe to on your behalf.

On the Hunter page banner: Databases A-Z
This will take you to the SGUL Library’s databases page when you can select a particular database to search (e.g. Ovid Medline; AMED).

On the Hunter page banner: E-journals A-Z
Search, browse, discover and visit the electronic journals that SGUL subscribes to on your behalf, plus a range of high-quality, freely available online journals.


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Can NHS staff use Hunter?

NHS staff can search Hunter but full-text access to some SGUL content may be restricted to onsite access at SGUL only.


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 How do I find:

a book?

  • In the Hunter search box enter two or three key words of the book you are looking for, e.g. for ‘Essentials of Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine’ by Kumar & Clark, your search could be: clinical medicine kumar
  • Select the Library Catalogue option from the drop-down menu next to the Hunter search box
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  • Click the search button
  • Check that the search result matches yours i.e. the author, title and year of publication are correct.


One or more of these links are displayed under each result

  • View Online - this book is available as an e-book
  • Locations - this book is available in print
  • To check if the book is currently available on the shelves in the Library, click on the Locations link and select St George's Library



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an e-journal article?

  • In the Hunter search box enter two or three key words of the article you are looking for, e.g. for the article titled ‘Modifiable risk factors for schizophrenia and autism’ by Hamlyn, Duhig, Mcgrath, & Scott your search terms could be: modifiable risk factors for schizophrenia
  • Click the Search button
  • When the search results appear you can choose to click Articles in the Resource Type menu on the left to display just results for journal articles.


  •  Check that the search result matches yours i.e. the author, titles and year of publication is correct.


  •  One or more of these tabs are displayed under each result:

View Online- click this link to see if the article is available online.

SFX@SGUL - you can also click this link to see if the article is available online.

  • When you click on one of the tabs you will see a window display like this:


  • Click on the Go button to access the full-text


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a print journal?

  • In the Hunter search box enter the title words for the journal you are looking for e.g. the Lancet.
  • Select the Journal Titles option from the drop down menu next to the Hunter search box.


  • You should see the Lancet displayed in your results. The print version will display like this:


  • Click on the Locations tab to find what print copies are available in the SGUL LibraryHFAQx07


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What can I find in E-journals A-Z?

E-journals A-Z contains the electronic journals which SGUL subscribes to on your behalf - plus high-quality, freely-available online journals. Journal articles provide in-depth and up-to-date research about specific areas of study, keeping you up-to-date in your subject.

Find and open E-journals A-Z


  • Click on the E-journals A-Z on the top right and the following pop up window will appear




You can find electronic journals by

  • browsing the A-Z
  • searching by a keyword in the title of the journal (you can choose Starts with or Contains). The search box suggests titles you may be interested in as you type your search term. Then click Search

When the search results are displayed

  • click on the name of the journal you want to visit

and find

  • a list of online providers of the journal available to SGUL
  • the date range available from each provider. If there is no end date this means we are currently taking the journal and we should have the latest date available
  • specific advice on how to access the journal offsite (where relevant)


To visit the journal

  • click on the GO button


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What can I find in Databases?

This will take you to the SGUL Library's Databases page where you can select a particular database to search (e.g Medline; AMED).

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How do I access e-resources offsite?

When you are offsite you may need to log in with your SGUL username and password before you get access to any full text content. A helpsheet on accessing SGUL electronic resources offsite is available on our Help webpage under the 'SGUL electronic journals, books & databases' section.

For information about NHS offsite access see 'Library Services for NHS staff - PDF booklet' on our Help webpage under the NHS Library services section.

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How do I log into Hunter?

In the top right hand corner of the Hunter home page click Institutional login*


Enter your SGUL username and password and click Login

By signing in you will be able to add records to e-Shelf and also save your searches.

*Please note that this is for SGUL users; NHS Athens accounts do not apply here.


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What can I do in 'e-Shelf'?



e-Shelf allows you to keep the details of any useful articles or books you found in Hunter. You first need to log in (see How do I sign into Hunter?)

After doing a search you can add the details of the articles or books you find by clicking once on  the small star icon HFAQ15 next to each result.

If you now click on the e-Shelf link you will see each result listed. You can email these results, print them, save them to RefWorks etc.



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How do I save my searches?

To save searches you first need to sign into Hunter (see how do I log into Hunter?).

After doing a search you will see a Save search link in the bottom left of the screen * you may need to scroll down to see it).


Click on Save search.

A small box will pop up prompting you to name the search you want to save.


After naming your search, click Save.

You now need to click on the Searches tab see your saved search.


To run the search again, click on the link to e-Shelf, and select the Searches tab. Your search will be listed. Click on the name of your search to run it again.

If you have logged out of Hunter, you will need to sign in again to see your e-Shelf and run your saved searches.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:07

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