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Classic catalogue search help

Keyword searching

The keyword search looks for words in the title, author and subject headings. Use it to 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.

When you use the keyword search:

  • 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.

Relevancy ranking

Results are categorised depending on where in each record your search terms appear. They are then sorted by date with newest items first.

The keyword search attempts to bring the most relevant items to the top of your search results by using this process:

  • The first group contains the most relevant results: those where the search term or exact search phrase appears in the main title of the item
  • The second group contains other highly relevant items: those where the search term or exact search phrase appears in the subtitle or any other title information from the record
  • The third group contains items where the search term or exact search phrase appears in important parts of the record other than the title, such as the Contents or Series
  • The fourth group contains items where all of the words from the search phrase are in any part of the title information, in any order
  • The fifth group contains items where all of the search terms appear in any part of the whole record, in any order.

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.