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Advanced Search

Advanced Search allows you to create a more specific and targeted search to find more relevant results.

The downward arrow to the right of a word indicates that you can click to reveal menu options. You can build your search using the following advanced search fields and functionality:

Advanced search box search options

Any field menu  - to select which field you are searching e.g., Title, Author/creator or Subject.

Contains menu - to select whether you are running a keyword search (contains), an exact phrase search (is (exact)), or results starting with your search terms (starts with).

Material Type - narrow your search to a particular material type e.g., books, journals or Video/Film.

Start Date/End Date - narrow your search by specifying a date range.

Boolean operators - these can be used between keywords and phrases in each search line, but can also be used between each line of your advanced search. For more information on using search operators go to Focus your search in StudyWISE.

Add a New Line - allows you to add up to 5 additional lines to the search.

Advanced search examples

Find a specific book using the Advanced Search
Example: the search below is for the book Lefkowitz, M. & Fant, M. (2016) Women's life in Greece and Rome

The following search criteria was applied:

  • Books, articles & more is selected to search for both print and electronic resources.
  • Title and Author/Creator have been selected as the fields to search
  • Books has been selected as the Material Type

Advanced search finding a particular book example


Searching on a topic using the Advanced Search

Example: the search below is to find recent journal articles about the effects of sustainable tourism activities on alleviating poverty in developing countries.

The following search criteria was applied:

  • Search for online resources by selecting 'Online articles, eJournals, eBooks & more'
  • sustainable tourism is a subject and is searched as an exact phrase - (is (exact))
  • Articles has been selected as the Material Type
  • Start Date and End Date has been set to search for articles from 1 January 2018 onwards in order to find recent articles.

Advanced search example - searching on a topic


Boolean searching

You can combine search terms by selecting Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) from the drop-down menu.

Advanced search boolean drop-down menu options - And Or Not