Library Search just got better!

Today we launched the upgrade to Library Search

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Here are some top tips to get the best out of it:

  1. To do a basic search, just type one or more words and click the Search button. Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 4.27.37 pm
  2. Remember that Library Search assumes that you are searching for all the words you type, for example: ‘the”, “of”, “an”,”for” would be included in a search.
  3. Library Search’s new Advanced Search menu allows you to mix various search elements to create a focused or specialised search of all Libraries materials.The drop down boxes allow you to search for words in Title, Author, Subject or User tags.You can also focus your search by selecting Publication Date, Material Type, Language, and Start & End dates.

    Example: Search for books written in English with the word history in the title, London in the subject description. Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 4.30.23 pm

  4. Once you are familiar with doing a Basic search, you might want to try doing more with the Search box.
    From the Search box you can:

    • Search for phrases
    • Include words or phrases
    • Exclude words or phrases
    • Search using wildcard characters
    • Group terms
  5. Export references from within the item to RefWorks or Endnote Basic Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 4.41.35 pm
  6. The Brief results display all the items that match your search query.The following information displays for each item on your results page:
    • Content Type:the format of the item, such as book, article, journal, and so forth.
    • Title:Click the title to display either the item’s information or go to the online version.
    • Author, creator, and date:the item’s author, creator, and publication date
    • Star icon:click the Star icon next to the title to add or remove the item from your e-Shelf. A highlighted star indicates that you have already added it to your e-Shelf.
  7. If you would like to see more information on an item, you can use the following:
    • Locations link
    • Details link
    • Recommendations (Shows similar items)
    • View online
  8. The View Versions tab on the Brief results page groups together all items that are similar, for example – all copies of the same edition of a book.


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