Common search operators you can use in the Trove simple search box:
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:
- "Alfred Deakin" AND (fun OR happy)
- "South Australia" AND (elections OR politics) NOT (Adelaide OR Kingston)
- "moreton bay" -brisbane
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:
- articles about cricket in 1880: cricket 1880
- articles about cricket in February 1880: cricket february 1880 or cricket feb 1880
- articles about cricket published on 9 February 1880: cricket 9 february 1880 or cricket 9-2-1880 or cricket 9/2/1880 or cricket 09/02/1880
Exact term searches
You may specify searching for an exact search term only using fulltext:
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.
You may use ~ to specify how near the words in your search need to be to each other.
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*