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Library Search advanced tools

Advanced search

The Advanced Search can be accessed using the downward pointing arrow to the right of the search box.

Accessing Advanced Search

The Advanced Search allows you to choose which database fields e.g. Author or Book/article title, you want to search for a particular term.

Advanced Search example

This means that if you discover the details of a particular resource that you would like to read, you can use these to search for the resource e.g. using the author's name and the book/article title.


Searching by classmark

To search for items with a particular classmark you will need to use the Advanced search.

On the advanced search screen click on one of the ‘All fields’ boxes and select ‘Classmark’.

All fields box then Select Classmark

Now enter the classmark you are looking for in opposite search box and click on the Search button at the bottom of the screen.

This will run a search for items in the Library catalogue with the desired classmark.


Extending your search

When you mouse-over a result you will see further details of the article appear in to the right of your results.

Within this information you will see blue links to related content.

Article information

You could use these links to see all of the results which fall into the category of the link e.g. clicking on the 'Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)' link would give you a list of all the articles available from the library on the subject of Feminine beauty (Aesthetics).

Similarly, clicking on the link of an Author's name (in this case Joanna Freuh) will give you a list of resources written by this author.


Change language

If you would prefer to use Library Search in a language other than English, you can use the language selector by clicking on the 'English' link in the top right of the screen, and then selecting your preferred language from the list.

Selecting a Language

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Results beyond the library collection

If you would like to search for resources which are not immediately available in full text, you can do this by clicking on the 'Add results beyond your Library's collection' box.

Adding results beyond the immediate collection

This will allow you to search a much broader range of resources but is likely to mean that you will have to use the Library Inter-library loans service to obtain the articles you find.


Email results/details/link

You can email yourself the details of any resource you find by clicking on the Email button in the article information panel on the search results page.

This will also email the link to the article


Library Search tips


Phrase searching

Library Search allows phrase searching. This means that if you insert your search terms in double quotation marks (" ") Library Search will prioritise finding your terms together, in the order you have given.

Normal search Phrase search

This is the best way to narrow your search (the example above shows the number of results reduced by over 85% using this technique). This may also mean that you are missing out on results that are relevant to your research, but don't use the exact phrase you have used.

Boolean operators

Library Search allows you to use the Boolean operations AND, OR and NOT. These must be written in capitals to be recognised.

By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator. To expand your search results use the OR operator e.g. “textile OR cloth” will find results that contain either term.

AND Venn diagram OR Venn diagram

This can be combined with phrase searching e.g. “special effects” OR “body painting”.

To exclude results from your search use the NOT operator before a search term e.g. searching for '"Body modification" NOT Piercing' should find results on a variety of body modifications e.g. tattooing, but will exclude results that mention piercing.

NOT Venn diagram


Library Search allows you to use wildcards when you are searching. Wildcards represent one or more letters in a word to take into account variations in spelling and words with a common root.

The question mark (?) can be used to represent a single character within a word e.g. searching for the author 'Ols?n' will find results results by the authors as 'Olsen' and 'Olson'.

The asterisk (*) can be used to represent zero or more characters, within a word or at the end of it e.g. searching for 'Colo*r' would find results containing 'Color' and 'Colour'; and searching for 'Design*' will find results containing 'Design', 'Designs', 'Designer', 'Designing' etc.

But wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search term.


Library Search


The new Library Search allows you to search for books and journals located in the library, e-books, and journal articles within the Library's online collections, all at the same time. It can also be used to search just the Library's print collection.

This page will help you to understand some of the basics of Library Search, but additional Search Tips and Advanced Tools are also available.

The results are displayed like this:

Library Search results screen

You will see that the main part of the results screen is divided into three areas:

  1. The grey list of links on the left allows you to refine your search (get fewer results) by excluding certain results from your initial search.
  2. The main part of the screen allows you to see a little more information about each result, and access it.
  3. The empty space on the right will fill with more information when you mouse-over any result (this may not appear, depending on your screen size/resolution).


Sorting your results

Your search results will automatically be sorted by relevance (how often and how close together your search terms are).

You can also sort your results by date. To do this, click on the 'relevance' link at the top of your list of results and then click on one of the Date options which appears.

Sorting your results


Refining your search

Clicking on any link in the left column will limit your results to items within that category e.g. you can limit your search to only journal articles by clicking on the 'Journal Article' link in the 'Content Type' section. This will give you results more related to academic research in the area of your search.

You can also refine your search to a specific Discipline (subject area) by using the links here.

Clicking on the 'More...' link at the bottom of each section will list all of the options available for refining your search.

More options

This will open a new menu to the side showing you all of the options available.

Select a Dicipline

You can sort this menu by the number of results for each option or alphabetically.

Sort options

This means that your search can be refined from thousands of results down to double figures in only two or three clicks.


Date slider

The date slider allows you to quickly refine your results to a range of dates e.g. the last ten years (the standard for academic rigour), by clicking on and dragging either of the two pins underneath the graph.

This will also tell you how many of your results were published in that year.

Publication date slider

You can also enter a more specific date range (down to the level of specific days) into the boxes below the slider.


Clearing filters

If you wish to return to the full list of your search results (e.g. the number before you started refining your search) you can do this by clicking on the 'Clear filters' at the top of the column.

Clear filters link


Books and eBooks

When you use Library Search you will usually find resources of different types e.g. books, book reviews and journal articles. However, Library Search does not distinguish between Books and eBooks in the results.

In order to tell the difference between these two types of resources you can use the links in the main part of the page:

The 'Book' link will take you to where you can check availability of the item in the Library (and give you the library shelfmark). The 'eBook' link will take you to where you can access the full text online.


Email results/details/link

You can email yourself the details of any resource you find by clicking on the Email button in the article information panel on the search results page.

This will also email the link to the article


Add to folder

You can add the details of any resource you find to a temporary folder by clicking on the 'Add to folder' icon beside each result.

Add to folder

You will then see that the number of items in your folder above increased.

Added to folder

Adding items to a folder allows you to treat their details as a group for emailing or exporting to citation software e.g. Zotero.


Emailing multiple results

Once there are items in your folder, you can email yourself the references of all of the items at the same time.

Email multiple resource details


Accessing content when not taken directly to the article

Sometimes, when you click to access the full text of an article you will not be taken directly to where you can access it. Instead, you will be taken to where you can access the journal which the article appears in, or the issue of the journal which the article appears in (this is the AUB Resource Linker).

AUB Resource linker

When you click on these 'Journal or Issue' links you will then have to navigate your way to the full text on your own.

The easiest way to do this will be to find a link for the journal 'Archive' or 'Back issues'.

Archive link

Clicking on this will take you to a list of all of the volumes (and perhaps issues) of the journal.

From the resource linker screen, use the volume, issue and year information to navigate to the issue of the journal which your article appears in.

Volume linkthen Issue link

You will then see a list of articles in that issue.

Article Link

From here you should be able to access the article information page (containing the citation details, abstract of the article and a link to the full text) or the full text directly.

Full text link



When you mouse over a result you will see that the article information panel has a 'Cite' button at the top.

Article information panel options

Clicking on this will give you a citation for the item, which you can use if you need to reference the resource.

After reformatting this in accordance with the AUB Referencing Guidelines you will be able to use it in the reference section of your assignment.