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Advanced keyword searches

What is an advanced keyword search, and how do I do one?

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

To perform an advanced search, click on 'advanced catalogue search' under the catalogue search box and select 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 down to give 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 narrow 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.

Click the Understanding Catalogue Records tab to proceed to the next section of the module.

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