Search operators available in Trove

Search operators available in Trove

Common search operators you can use in the Trove simple search box:

Boolean searches

You may use AND, OR and NOT and brackets to create boolean expressions. You can use a minus sign next to the word in place of NOT, eg:

Date searches

To search for a date simply enter a date in the search box. Articles containing the date in the heading or text will be retrieved but you will also be given the option to search for articles published on that date eg:

Exact term searches

You may specify searching for an exact search term only using fulltext:

Field searches

You may specify searching within public tags using publictag:

You may combine the use of publictag: with Boolean searches:

You may combine the use of publictag: with wildcard searches (this will only match characters at the start of a tag):

Note: When searching with publictag: for a single word, you will also find results where it is part of a larger phrase. For example a search for the tag “raymond” will match the tag "raymond" and “Alfred John Raymond”.

You may search for articles with or without corrections, tags and comments using has:

has:tags - only finds items with tags

has:comments - only finds items with comments

has:corrections - finds only items with corrections

To exclude tags, corrections of comments add NOT before has:

You may specify a page that an article appears on using firstpageseq

You may combine the use of firstpageseq: with boolean searches

This will only search the page sequence number in Trove, which may not match the page number from the newspaper. Additionally, the only way to search for an article on the last page of a newspaper is if you know how many pages it has.

Near searches

You may use ~ to specify how near the words in your search need to be to each other.

Phrase searches

Enclose search terms in quotes, eg:

  • "Alfred Deakin"
  • "South Australia" elections
  • To compensate for word breaks in the OCR, a phrase search is the equivalent of a near search with a value of ~1, so "Alfred Deakin" is the same as "Alfred Deakin"~1. You can specify absolutely no words between by adding ~0 to the end of your phrase search, so "Alfred Deakin"~0.

Wildcard and truncation searches

You may specify wild cards matches with an * or use an * to truncate word endings, eg:

find “mathematics tutorial”, or “maths tutor”: math* tutor*