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Advanced Keyword Search

An advanced keyword search returns results based on a combination of search terms from various fields (e.g. format, language, date, location, etc.). 

To perform an advanced search, click on advanced catalogue search under the main catalogue search box, and then click on the Adv KW tab.

As shown in this video, an advanced keyword search gives you more control over your search results. It allows you to limit your searches in various different ways, which can narrow your search results, giving you a more focused and relevant selection.

Example Search

When performing an advanced keyword search, you can use a number of search options which will help to narrow down your results:

  • Apply your keywords to all fields, or narrow by the author, title and/or subject
  • Specify the format of the material you require (printed materials, theses, sound recordings, maps, etc)
  • Limit your searches to a particular language or languages (CTRL + click to select multiple languages)
  • Search for materials from a particular location (e.g.  one of our five on-campus branches, the ANU Archives, the ANU Print Repository)

In the example below, our Advanced search will find English language audio visual materials on the history of Canberra that are located in the Chifley branch.


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