22/12/2011

Did you know that you can use a WILDCARD when searching the catalogue?

A wildcard is a symbol you can use instead of one or more characters. You can use the asterix (*) wildcard in your searching.

Compare the results of these 4 search examples.

Search in the catalogue for:

eskimo boy
eskimo boys
eskimo boy*
"eskimo boy*"

Note that the inverted commas tell the system you need the words to be next to each other.  Adjacency matters.

The * means you wish to search for 'boy' and any number of characters that follow, such as in 'boys'.

The default search box called Quick Search is also known as a KEYWORD search. This means that your search words could appear anywhere in the item's description, as opposed to a title search where the words must appear in the title.

QuickSearch uses a formula which brings the most relevant results to the top of your results list. This is known as 'Right Results'. This relevancy formula is why a search for 'colour dictionary' brings up the title 'The Hillier colour dictionary of trees & shrubs' as the most relevant, and therefore the first, result. Adjacency in the title making this book the most relevant in the ranking order.

If you are interested in the most recent titles, or want the results to be in publication date order, it is possible to click on 'Sorted by --- Date' seen at the top of the results list.

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