Advanced keyword search lets you do more targeted keyword searches, such as a keyword search of the Titles, Authors, Subject headings, or Notes.
Use it when:
- you get too many results from keyword.
- you're only sure of 1 or 2 words in a title, or part of an author's name
- you only want material published in a certain date range, language, format (DVDs/streamed media, music scores etc) or located in a specific library.
- specify that your search words or phrases should appear in titles, authors, subjects, or notes fields by choosing those fields from the Any field drop downs.
- use phrase searching by putting quotation marks around words that should appear next to each other, eg "united kingdom" finds more relevant results than united kingdom.
- limit your searches by library location, type of content, language, years, or publisher
- use wildcards to search all variations of a word at once.
- do more complex Boolean searching with synonyms, or exclude words / phrases from your search results
Use wildcards if you are unsure of spelling, or want your search to cover more than one option.
||Replaces a single character.
||wom?n finds women and woman.
||Replaces up to 5 non-space characters
||inter* finds internal and internet but not international
||Replaces any number of non-space characters
||inter** finds alll words that begin with inter
Boolean searching (combine search criteria with And / Or / And not)
On advanced search, select And / Or / And not from the dropdowns to combine words, phrases, or groups of similar words (synonyms).
To expand your search results combine synonyms with Or, eg britain or "united kingdom" finds either name
Make your search more relevant by adding more terms which must appear in every item with And, eg (britain or "united kingdom") and monarch*
Use And not to exclude words which are producing irrelevant results, eg "open space" and not parks
Clicking Modify / advanced search at the top of a search results list also takes you to the advanced keyword search