How do I search the database?

Simple search
You can undertake a simple search by using the "Google-style" search box in the top right hand corner of the page.

The simple search will search across the Title and Description fields. Where more than one term is entered, the default is an AND search.

See the "What are acceptable searches?" page for samples of simple searches.

Advanced search
The advanced search is found in the menu on the left of the screen. The advanced search enables you to perform "Any text Field" searches and also allows you to search specifically on certain fields.

Refine advanced search criteria
By default, a search will look for the word or words you have entered. However you can choose to change the default search criteria by clicking the "Refine Search Criteria" option. There are three ways to refine the search option:

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

When you view a full record you will see options to Add, View or Delete Bookmarks.

The bookmark allows you to bookmark or flag a record for viewing later in the same search session.

To bookmark a record, simply click Add Bookmark. If the record already has a bookmark then Delete Bookmark will display instead.

Clicking View Bookmark at any time will list in full record view all records currently bookmarked. This allows you to review a specific list of records or to print them off.

Any text
Use this field to search across all the text fields in the entire database. You can enter any word or phrase here just as you would in a search engine like Google.

Title and Description
Use these fields to search across the entries in the title and description fields of all of our records. These fields should give you more specific results than those you would get using the "any text" search.

See the "What are acceptable searches?" page for samples of advanced searches.

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