If you are going to use "as a phrase", "starts with" or "exact match" search on "Author", you will need to enter the author's surname first followed by the author’s first name.
To do a search on Tim Winton, enter his name as "Winton Tim".
The reset button clears all the search terms and indexes back to the default settings.
The Libraries Australia search screen enables you to limit your search by material group type by allowing you to tick one or more of the checkboxes located under the search box. For example, if you type in "Edmund Barton" as a phrase in the search box and also tick the Interviews check box, your results will relate to interview recordings on or about Edmund Barton. More information on this area can be found at Limits.
To change the databases being searched, use the tick box next to one of the available default databases or click on the ‘More databases’ button.
This section allows you to limit a search for items held in libraries in a state or territory of Australia. You can choose to search the holdings for states by selecting one or more checkboxes.
You can restrict your search to items held at your library by selecting the radio button next to 'in my library'.
Note: if you select 'in my library' and 'limit to' a state/territory, then the search result will include items in your library and available in the state/territory you selected.
To identify items that are in your library or in other libraries, look at the italicised text in brackets at the end of each brief entry on the Results screen.
You can restrict the search to items not held in your library by selecting the radio button next to 'not in my library'.
If you select a state and 'not in my library' then the search will be "NOT in the state AND NOT in my library".
This drop down menu allows for searching on year of publication. If you select the options Year is, After, Before or Year range a separate text box appears, allowing you to define the date range.
This drop down menu allows for searching on date the record was created. If you select the options Date is, After, Before or Date range a separate text box appears, allowing you to define the date range.
Complex queries can be constructed in Advanced search, using multiple drop-down options, connected by the Boolean operators 'and', 'or' and 'not'.
See also: Using Boolean operators
This screen uses the combination of two pick-lists to determine what index the system uses. Users can select the index to be searched from a drop down menu, and construct searches without the need to know index codes and SOLR query language, as in Command search.
Example 1 – titles
Users can search for the Title "Harry Potter" Published in Australia in English.
The indexes are primary index sensitive, eg if searching for Title, the secondary index will display options relevant to that index ('all of these', 'any of these', 'as a phrase', starts with' and 'exact match'). If searching for Notes, the options are 'all of these', any of these' and 'as a phrase'.
Example 2 - languages
When searching for items in a particular language, the user can enter either language code or word.
If searching for French language material, you can select Language in the LHS box and either use "fre" or "french".
Example 3 – published in
When searching for items published in a particular state or country, you can enter either the location code or word.
For example, when looking for an item published in Tasmania, you can select Place published in the LHS box and either use "tma" or "tasmania"
To run your search, either press the 'Enter' key or the 'Search' button.
Example 4 – number
Use the ANBD No./OCLC No. etc search in Libraries Australia to find any of the following types of numbers: ANBD No, OCLC No, LC Control No, Local System No & Superceded Amicus and CJK No.
Example 5 - classification
Use the classification search in Libraries Australia to search for items with a particular dewey number: A823.4
Tip: to search for dewey numbers with an exact decimal place use a Command Search ie DC:("A823.4").
If you are not sure whether the terms appear in the same field type you want a larger result set you are searching for items where you know in which fields the terms occur, or if you don't know which fields the terms are located, you have two different options using the Advanced Search function. You can:
Select "Any Keyword" from the first drop down options list In the search box type in your search terms, for e.g. estuary deakin Select "all of these" in the second drop down options list. "All of these" will search items where both the terms appear anywhere in the record.
Your search should look like this:
Any Keyword - estuary deakin - all of these
Using two search boxes simultaneously you can:
- Select "Any Keyword" in the first drop down options list
- Enter the term estuary and select "All of these" from the second drop down options list. "All of these" will search items where both the terms appear anywhere in the record.
- Select a second "Any Keyword" and enter the tern deakin and sleect "All of these"
Your search should look like this:
Any Keyword - estuary - all of these (in the first search box)
Any Keyword - deakin - all of these (in the second search box)
If you know in which fields the terms are located, choose the appropriate field name for each term For example:
- Select "Title" from the first drop down options list
- Enter the term estuary in the search box
- Go to the next search field and select "Notes" from the first drop down options list
- Enter the term deakin in the second search box.
Your search should look like:
Title - estuary (in the first search box)
Notes - deakin (in the second search box)
Your search will retrieve only records where estuary appears in the Title field and deakin appears in a Note field.
For more information – see the Libraries Australia manual