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How do I search the database?

 

There are two main ways to search the database, simple and advanced searching.

 

Simple search

The simple search is accessed via the “Google-style” search box at the top right of the Home page.

By default, the simple search will search across the Title and Description fields. Where more than one term is entered, the default is an AND search.
See the “What are acceptable searches?” page for samples of simple searches.

 

Advanced search

The advanced search enables you to perform “Any text Field” searches, and also to search specifically on certain fields.

 

Refine advanced search criteria

By default, a search will look for the word or words you have entered. However you can choose to change the default search criteria by clicking the “Refine Search Criteria” option. There are three ways to refine the search option:

  • With all the words
  • With at least one of the words
  • Without the words

Searching on picklist fields

If the field on which you are searching is a “picklist” field (a field in which the content is restricted to a limited list) it will appear with a drop down list from which you can select your search term.

 

Searching Terms or Subjects

The Term and/or Subject fields may be options on the advanced search page. Subject and Term may link to separate “authority file” databases from which you can select a subject or a term to search on.

 

To search in the subject and term fields, you can either:

  • Type a word into the Term search field and click Search.
  • Type a word into the Term search field and click the [Terms] button to the right of the field.

If the term you have entered exists in the authority file the term will be displayed along with any broader, narrower, related terms. It is then possible to browse across other terms. When you click Select, the term currently selected will copy across to the Advanced Search screen. If the term you have entered does not exist in the authority file you will have the option to either go back to the Advanced Search screen or browse all the top level terms.

 

See the “What are acceptable searches?” page for samples of advanced searches.

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