Searching in Advanced search

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Libraries Australia to find any of the following types of numbers: ANBD No, OCLC No, LC Control No, Local System No & Superceded Amicus and CJK No.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").