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Library Search guide: Advanced searching

Help with using Search, the Library's discovery platform

An Advanced Search assists you in constructing a more complex search according to a range of parameters. 

To access the section, click Advanced Search to the right of the search bar.


  • The Any Field drop down menu limits the search tool to search for keywords only in the field specified.
  • The Contains drop down menu allows you to filter how the keywords are searched.
  • The AND drop down box assists in constructing a search using the operator words AND, NOT and OR. This allows you to separate your search terms.
  • + Add A NEW LINE allows you to add to your search with more keywords. This can help narrow down or expand the number of search results.
  • Additional filters on the right are Material Type, Language and Dates.