The Scottish Bibliographies Online (SBO) database contains three elements:
- Bibliography of Scotland (BOS) — contains Scottish material published since 1987
- Bibliography of Scottish Gaelic (BOSG) — contains material of all dates published in Scottish Gaelic
- Bibliography of the Scottish Book Trade (BSBT) — contains material of all dates relating to books, publishing and related fields.
By default, a search on SBO will search all three elements. However, you can search BOS, BOSG and BSBT separately on SBO using the 'Quick limits' function:
- Open the Scottish Bibliographies Online search
- Enter your search terms and define a search type
- In the'Quick limits' box, select the collection you wish to limit the results to (Bibliography of Scotland, Bibliography of Scottish Gaelic, or Bibliography of the Scottish Book Trade)
- Searches can also be limited by language, date of publication or publication format: for more options, go to the 'Advanced search' tab
- The limits selected are applied to your search results when you click on 'Search'.