The Advanced Search screen allows you to do more complex searches using multiple search terms and search indexes. It also allows you to limit the search by a number of criteria. This screen can also be used as a basic search screen using just one search term and one index and without any limiting criteria. The procedures for a basic search are the same as those for a Simple Search. If your search does not find any hits, the Browse Index screen will be displayed with (where possible) closest matching terms. If you wish, you can then click on one of these closest matching terms to view the Titles tied to those terms.
For the Advanced Search, if multiple words are entered as the search term the system will do a logical OR between each term entered. For example, if COMPUTER MICROSOFT is entered as the search term, records containing COMPUTER plus all records containing MICROSOFT will be returned.
Before activating the search, the number of Records to display per page can be selected (the default is set by your library)
Click on any of the links below to display further information:
The following Limit by options to filter search results can be enabled on various search screens in the WebOPAC:
With normal searches you need to enter a full word or word/s, e.g. computer and the search will take place on just that term. If however you want to broaden the search you can use any of the following wildcards:
The Preferences option on the main menubar is used to set the preferred sorting order for the Search Results list and also (if activated) set the preferred Service Point/Library for searching.
Sorting Methods: Currently the available sorting methods are:
When the Preferences option is accessed, the current sort method is displayed. If you wish to change it make a selection from the dropdown box, then click on the Submit button. Once the preferred method is set, it will remain set until changed - it does not revert to the default on login. The Sorting Preference for individual searches can also be selected on the Simple Search and Advanced Search screens, though this does not change the default Sorting Preference. It can also be changed on the Search Results page for an existing search results set.
** When sorting by Descending Publication Year, the records with the SAME Publication Year are sorted by ascending RSN.
*** The sorting by Shelf Location works on the Call Number on the bibliographic record, not the item records. If no Call Number exists on the bibliographic record, these records are displayed first in the hits list.
Service Point/Library: Your library may have Service Points or Libraries setup for their database. These are usually a group of Branches. You may be able to set a preference for the Service Point/Library that is used as the default selection.
There are two types of Search History that can be activated by your library.
The Search History for both types can be cleared by selecting the Clear Search Sets menu option (which will also clear any other stored Search set, e.g. if the Refine Search option has been used to create another Search set). The history for the Search History accessed from the Advanced Search screen can be cleared by selecting the Clear Search Term History menu option. The history is also be cleared if the timeout feature is invoked.
The Browse Index function, which is accessible from the Simple Search or Advanced Search screens, provides a list of index entries that match the search term entered on those screens. For example, you could enter History as the search term and select Subjects as the Search Index. If you then clicked on the Browse Index button you would see a list of all Subject terms that start with the word History, along with the number of Hits for each of those terms. You could then click on one of the linked Index entries to proceed with the search.
The Browse Index list will automatically display with closest matching terms (where possible) when searches run from the Simple Search or Advanced Search screens do not find any hits.
The Browse Index list shows the indexed term in the Index Field column and depending on the Index selected it may display unnormalised (i.e. exactly as it appears in the record) or normalised (i.e. as it appears in the Index stripped of punctuation, in upper case etc). The Sort Format column (which can be switched on or off by your library) displays the normalised form of the term and is included to show the exact sequencing of the terms in the Index. The number of records for each entry listed is also shown.
The Browse Index option is suppressed on the Simple Search screen for numeric Indexes (such as Call Number, ISBN, ISSN, ISMN and UDN).
NOTE: The Browse Index function works on either FULL or PART words. For example, if you enter Au in the search term box and select Series as the Index, when you select Browse Index you will see all series entries starting with Au. You do not need the asterisk at the end of a part word when browsing the index as the index entries that are displayed are actually the phrase entries, regardless of whether Keyword Searching or Phrase Searching is selected on the search screen. However, when the Index List is displayed and you click on an Index Field entry, the display of records from that point will be dependant on whether Keyword Searching or Phrase Searching was selected on the Search screen before the Index entries were displayed.