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Answered By: Lorraine Falconer
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017     Views: 85

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.

You can:

  • 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)

  • Watch / read Search Smarter, Search Faster for more about how this works.

  • 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