Simple search
The simple search is accessed via the “Google-style” search box in the top left hand corner of the page.

By default, the simple search will search across the title, reference number and description fields. Type the word you wish to search for into the box and click the Search button.

You may wish to combine search terms in your simple searches using the Boolean “and, or, not” searching options:

+ 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. Use double quotes around a search term to return exact matching phrases.

Advanced Search
This option allows you to perform a search on the following fields:

Any Text: Search all the text in each record for a single word or phrase. (Boolean searches are not possible.)
Title: Search only the title field
Description: Search only the description field.
Date: Narrow your search by specifying a date or date range.
Ref No: Enter the full reference number of an item.
Alt Ref No: Enter alternative reference numbers, which may have been used to catalogue the items in the past
Level: Narrow your search to only item, series or fonds level descriptions.

The ‘Title’ and ‘Description’ search fields can be refined to only return search results:

  • With all the words.
  • With at least one of the words.
  • Without the words.
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