What are acceptable searches?

Quick Search

Quick Search searches for words in the Title and Description fields of the Catalogue database.

  • + represents Boolean And, meaning the search result must include this word
  • - represents Boolean Not, meaning the search result must exclude this word
  • | represents Boolean Or, meaning the search result may include this word
Place one of these symbols before a word or phrase to apply it. If no symbols are used, Boolean 'And' is assumed. Example:

Railway -Station

Searches all configured fields for the word 'Railway'. Excludes any records with the word 'Station' from the search results.



Typing a field name followed by a colon then a search term means only that particular field will be searched. If no field names are specified, all configured fields are searched.



Example:

Title:Railway

Searches for the word ‘Railway’ in the Title field only.

Example:

Railway

Searches all configured fields for the word 'Railway'. Take care when entering search words/phrases to ensure you get the intended results.

Example:

Title:Railway Station

Searches for records which have the word ‘Railway’ in the Title field and the word 'Station' in ANY configured field. Use (double) quotes around a search term to return exact matching phrases.

Example:

"Railway Station"

Searches all configured fields only for the exact phrase 'Railway Station' i.e. the two words together with a space between, 'Station' following 'Railway'.

Example:

Railway Station

Searches all configured fields for the words 'Railway' and 'Station' anywhere i.e. not necessarily next to each other, with 'Station' following 'Railway'.

Advanced Search

Unlike quick searches, advanced searches do not require you to enter command syntax such as the Boolean symbols or specify field names. Instead follow the on-screen annotations next to and inside the entry boxes. They guide you to perform searches for records containing all the words entered, records containing at least one of the words entered, or records without the words entered. Boolean 'And' is assumed: for example if you enter 'Train' in the Title field and 'Station' in the Description field, only records containing both 'Train' and 'Station' (in their respective fields) will be found. Records containing just one of these words will not be shown in the search results.
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