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Quick Search

Allows you to find records quickly. Simply enter a word or a number of words you would like to find, select the area you would like to search the library catalogue in, then click the Search button. Records will be found if all the words you entered are in the area you selected for your search. If your search is successful a page of records will be displayed showing brief details. Click on a title link to display full details including location and status details.

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Title Search

Allows you to search for words in the title or series title and also allows you to browse through titles beginning with certain words. Enter the words you would like to find, select the type of search then click the Search button. Select from following types of searches:

  • Keywords to find the words anywhere in the title.
  • Browse to find titles starting with the text you have entered.
  • Phrase to find titles with the words you have entered in a sequence.
  • Exact Match to find titles matching only the words you have entered.

If your search is successful a page of titles will be displayed. Click on a title to display brief details of the items with this title.

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Author Search

Allows you to search for words in an author’s name. You can select to search all authors, only individuals, or only organisations. Enter the words you would like to find, select the type of search then click the Search button. Select from the following types of searches:

  • Keywords to find the words anywhere in the author’s name.
  • Browse to find author names starting with the text you have entered. You can enter as much or as little of the name as you know. All names starting with the text you enter will be displayed.

If your search is successful a page of names will be displayed. Click on a name to display brief details of the items associated with this name.

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Subject Search

Allows you to search for words in a subject heading and also allows you to browse through subjects beginning with some text. Enter the words you would like to find, select the type of search then click the Search button. Select from the following types of searches:

  • Keywords to find the words anywhere in the subject heading.
  • Browse to find subjects starting with the text you have entered.
  • Phrase to find subjects with the words you have entered in a sequence.
  • Exact Match to find subjects matching only the words you have entered.

If your search is successful a page of subject headings will be displayed. Click on a subject heading to display brief details of the items about this subject.

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Advanced Search

Allows you to perform more complicated searches. Type your search in the boxes on the search screen. You can enter several words in each box, and enter words in any number of boxes. Records will be found if all of the search terms you enter are in the same record.

You can do a very specific search if you know exactly what you are looking for, or you can do a broader search and then narrow down the list of records later using the Refine Set option, if needed. Enter words you would like to find in the boxes, or select items from the list boxes. Click the right arrow at the right hand side of a list box to display the list. When you have entered you search terms or selected items from list boxes click the OK button at the bottom of the screen.

If your search is successful a page of items will be displayed showing brief details for each item. Click on a title link to display full details for the item.

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