How do I research using the 'Advanced Search' option?


Advanced Search: a search platform that enables the combination of keywords anywhere in the record or in specific record areas e.g. titles, authors, or subjects.

1. Go to the Library website Homepage and locate the Basic Catalogue Search box at the top of the page.

2.  Place a single keyword into the search box and Enter.  Click on the Advanced Search option underneath. You will now have the Advanced Search page open.

3. Prepare relevant keywords. Include variations in spelling. eg. pastry discoloration/discolouration, phrases "pastry discoloration by food dyes"

4. Do you need a broad or a narrow search?  

5.  You can use the drop-down menu on the right-hand side titled 'Select a field (optional)' to select an area for your search. Add more fields if required. Click enter to see your results.

6.  Contact the Library staff if you are unable to locate what you need.  A Librarian can provide training on advanced searching, or if you need help with your search strategy.

Advice:  If there are too many results this probably means that your search may be too broad   

  • You can refine/narrow down by date, subject (more than 50 results probably means that your search isn't refined or targeted enough).

Advice:  If there is not enough results your search is too narrow.

  • Change the fields so that it is a keyword search; or change your keywords or think about what keywords you listed in your strategy as you may need to make some changes.
  • Last Updated Feb 07, 2024
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  • Answered By Tim Suttie

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