Free word search

Enter your search terms in the search box. In the drop-down menu at the end of the search box, you can choose to search by title, author or subject.

Search terms separated by spaces use the AND search logic and will return results containing all of your search terms.

For example:

mannerheim carl

produces the same search results as

mannerheim AND carl

After starting your search, you can for example narrow your search results by permissible uses, type of material or date of manufacture.


The search results return material related to children


This is a targeted search in which the quotes limit the search results to those that contain the word ”children.”

"University of Helsinki"

It’s always a good idea to put phrases like these in quotes so that Finna doesn’t interpret your search as separate words

children summer

This search is the same as entering children AND summer; the search will include all results related to children and summer

countryside OR farm

The search results will include results related to the countryside or to farms

"kivi aleksis"

The author’s name should be in quotes, and ideally the last name should be entered first


The asterisk truncates words so that the search may return results with a number of different endings, e.g. knowledge and know-how

If, for example, you enter the name of a book in the search box, Finna predicts your search terms by offering results that may allow you to find your book directly.

You can find more instructions on forming search phrases in the Search syntax section.

Narrowing your search

The search results page displays the best results at the top based on the relevance of the match. You can change the order of the results by, for example, changing the date of manufacture to view from oldest to newest. Additionally you can view the search results as a summary list or in gallery format.

  • Free use
  • Can be edited
    • Not for commercial use
    • Also for commercial use
  • Cannot be edited
    • Not for commercial use
    • Also for commercial use
    • Authorised use only/unknown

Type of material: includes different options based on the materials available in the collections, for example, pictures, objects, books, etc.

Author: the creator(s) of the work or the rights holder(s)

Subject: ready subject headings to help filter your search

Place: where the desired material is from

Date of manufacture: You can use the date of manufacture to display materials from a specific time period, for example, the 1980s-1990s. The bars in the chart will display the time periods in which materials are available.

  • All results
  • Results restricted to the indicated time period
  • Filter the results by date of publication, manufacture and creation

Language: displays the language(s) in which the search results appear.

Included in a publication: will provide the name of the journal, if, for example, the results include articles.

Sector: the type of organisation – either a museum, archive or library.

Organisation: displays all of the archives, libraries and museums whose collections appear in the results.

New on Finna: Displays the collections which have most recently been added to Finna.

Once you’ve selected your filters…

Finna saves your selected filters and displays them below the search box. You can remove a single filter by simply clicking on the X by the filter in question. You can remove all filters by clicking and undoing the check mark by Save filters and starting a new search.

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