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How to find Andor

Andor will be available for customers on January 2nd, 2020.

What is Andor?

In Andor, you will find customer fucnctions as well as all printed and electronic resources provided by the library.

Signing in and remote use

Signing in to Andor

  • If you are student or staff at Tampere university or Tampere University of Applied Sciences, use your tuni account to sign in to Andor. You will see your patron information and borrowed books as well as get access to electronic resources.
  • Other customers sign in with the e-mail address they have given to the library register OR sign in with their library card number. When signing in with the library card if you do not have a password or it has been reset, write something in the password field, and you will be redirected to change your password. Password has to have at least 8 marks and has to consist of numbers and/or letters.

    If you forget your passwork, contact the library and we will reset your password, so you can sign in the way described above.

Pin code (needed in self-service check out machines only)

  • a four-digit pin code (four numbers) is only needed with the check-out machines, when borrowing books. If you do not have a PIN code or you have lost it, you may set a new pin code in Andor by signing in, selecting "Personal details" and "update login credentials" - pin code.
  • you may also contact the library to set or change your pin code by contacting the library or visiting library customer service.

Personal information in Andor

After signing in to Andor, you are able to see your loans, requests, unpaid fees and customer information. You are able to renew loans and see the status of your requested books. Clicking library card icon, you see an overview of your information in one look.  You may continue to see all your loans, requests, fees, library blocks or messages and personal details respectively.

In favourites you will see the results you have saved earlier. You may also save search queries and make search alerts. You may also create your own tags to your saved results, that only you can see.

N:B: If you are using a public computer, remember to log out from Andor, so the next user cannot see your personal information.

A picture of the overview of customer's library card information:

Picture of library card overview information

In favourites, you will see your saved results.

Basic search and advanced search

In Basic search you may search within all resources "everything",  or you may select a predefined limitation to one of  the following:

  • library catalog (=library purchased books, e-books and other material listed in library catalog)
  • theses (=searches within university community theses and other publications in publication repositories, selecting either Trepo or Theseus)
  • international articles (a vast collection of e-articles or article references)
  • printed publications (=only printed books or journals). 

In basic search, you may combine your multiple search terms with Booleans AND and OR (use block letters).  You may also truncate your search words with * (asterisk). You may add quotation marks to search for phrases.

Examples of search queries:

  • "higher education" AND quality
  • Finnish OR Finland
  • "big data"

In Advanced search you may make targeted searches in the collections the same way as the basic search by choosing one of the radio buttons. You may also make a lot of other choices. You may choose if your search term appears in the title field, author field or subject term field. You may search with exact terms, combine your search words by selecting AND/OR/NOT from the drop down menu. You may select time, language, and publication type limits etc.

Advanced search in Andor picture

Tweaking your search results

You may Tweak your results after your search.

In the left-hand menu you'll find useful limits, that will narrow down your search results:

  • Library: here you may limit to library unit  where you want to find printed books: Linna Library, Hervanta Library, TAMK main campus, TAMK music Academy, TAMK mediapolis
  • Available online: You will get documents that are available online, such as e-books, e-articles, electronic theses (N.B: licenced e-resources in off-campus use: login with TUNI account)
  • Publication date: Limit your search to certain time period. 

However, Expand your search  makes your result larger, because you will also have results with only a reference or abstract but not necessarily full-text documents. This may be a useful tool if you are a researcher and want to make your results even more extensive or your topic is very rare.

Saving your searches and search results in Andor

On the search result list, you will find icons next to each item, that help you to save results for further use.

You may send the results to your own e-mail (e-mail icon), copy the result  in as a bibliographic reference in different referencing styles (quotation mark icon), or save your results in your personal account in Andor (pin icon).


Three dots open other options, such as saving your reference to reference management system (such as RefWorks).

Journal search

In journal search you will find electronic and printed journals provided by the library. Seach by journal title or ISSN number. In the left hand menu you will find international journals by category, does not cover Finnish journals.

Finding more databases (A - Z databases)

A-Z Databases you will find links to different databases.

In Andor basic and and advanced searches you will find a good number of results. However, for more specific and extensive searches also use databases native interfaces. You fill find them via a-z databases list or library guides. For example, Finnish articles or certain resource types (legal documents, statistical information) is better search via databases.

Guides by the system provider