Search Guide

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Search Guide

An integrated search service for materials held by the National Library of Korea and other partner institutions. Search results are shown by category: Collections and Full-text Databases.

Collections

Integrated search service for domestic and foreign materials held by the National Library of Korea, including monographs, serials, multimedia, alternative materials, web resources, maps, music scores, overseas Korea-related records, other, and so on.

Digitized Materials

The Library provides digitization services for some of the materials held by the NLK, including old and rare documents such as valuable materials and single copies, and the materials for which five years have passed since the dates of their publication.

Search

"Collections" search

"Collections" search is a keyword search service. Other options include: advanced search, keyword autocomplete and multilingual keyboard.

Keyword Autocomplete

Service for autocompleting search words based on an analysis of the most frequently searched keywords. Words starting with the same consonant-vowel sequences as those being typed in the search box are shown for faster search.

Multilingual Keyboard

Special characters can be typed by using the multilingual keyboard.

Types of Buttons in Search
Types of Buttons in Search
Buttons (Brief Catalog) Description
Record A brief record of each volume of an item is displayed, and each volume can be directly added to the cart.
Full Record A full record of an item, including title, publication, physical description, series, classification number, and so on is displayed.
Table of Contents The table of contents of an item is displayed, if available. Click a 'Table of Contents' button to see the table of contents of the item.
Abstract The abstract of an item is dispalyed, if available. Click a 'Abstract' button to see the abstract of the item.
Advanced Search

Advanced search enables performing a more accurate search by various fields such as keyword, author, title, publisher, and so on.

Material Type Classification

The left hand menu bar on the search results page shows the breakdown of search results by material type. By clicking on a material type, results of only the selected type are displayed.

Refine Search Results

By using the left hand menu bar, search results can be refined by not only material type but also by full-text availability, publication year, subject, and so on.

Using Full-texts

Materials for which full-text versions are available are divided into the following categories according to copyright status and conditions for use.

How to use
Button (Full-texts) Description
Viewing & printing fees apply Partner libraries (Viewing & printing fees apply.)
Printing fees apply Partner libraries (Printing fees apply.)
Partner public library, User holding regular library card (Free) Partner public libraries; User holding regular library card (Free)
National Library of Korea (Free) National Library of Korea (Free)
Available to all (Free) Available to all (Free)
Small library (Rural area) (Free) Small libraries (Rural areas) (Free)
National Library for Children and Young Adults (Free) National Library for Children and Young Adults (Free)
National Library for Children and Young Adults, Small library (Rural area) (Free) National Library for Children and Young Adults; Small libraries (Rural area) (Free)
National Library of Korea, User holding regular library card (Free) Partner public libraries; User holding regular library card (Free)