Leeds University Library

Keyword search

This lets you search for particular words in the title/author/subject of a work and can help you find:

  • material on a particular topic
  • items where only part of the title is known
  • items where only part of the author's name is known.

Keyword search examples:

Shakespeare Midsummer will find 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and related works.
Orwell farm will find 'Animal Farm' and related works.
"transport pollution" will find items containing both words occurring together. Known as a phrase search.
transport pollution will find items containing both words in any order.
transport* pollution will find items beginning with the word stem "transport" (eg transport, transportation) and pollution. Using the single asterisk * is known as truncation. It will match up to five characters. Use a double asterisk ** to match more than five characters.
traffic OR transport will find items containing either the word "traffic" or the word "transport".
(traffic OR transport) pollution will find items containing either the words "traffic" and "pollution" or the words "transport" and "pollution".
transport NEAR pollution will find items containing both words near to each other.
waste minimi?ation will find items about waste minimization or waste minimisation. The ? replaces a single character.
theses transport will find theses about transport. Use the Theses search option to find theses from a particular department.
  • Results are grouped by relevancy and displayed 50 to a page
  • Your keywords are highlighted in red in the catalogue record
  • You can Limit/sort/refine your keyword search.