|The default search will treat keywords seperated by spaces as seperate search
terms. Entering Stafford Castle in the Keyword search box
will look for resources where Stafford and Castle appear seperately or together
anywhere within the resource text.
|Phrase searches using "double
|To search for a specific phrase you must enclose the phrase in double quotes.
Entering "Stafford Castle" in the keyword search box
will return only resources where the phrase Stafford Castle appears
exactly as typed within the double quotes. Phrase searches are useful when searching
for famous sayings or proper names.
|Finding word fragments
using WILDCARD* searches
The asterisk is a wildcard. Any combination
of letter or letters following the asterisk are searched
for. For instance, "Bass*" would
find resources containing bass, basset and bassinet. The wildcard operator
can only be used at the end of a word or phrase and will
not work if added at the
beginning or in the middle of a word
or phrase. A wildcard search must always be enclosed within double quotes.
|The AND operator
|To search for more than one specific phrase, or a phrase and a keyword you can
use the AND operator. Entering "Stafford Castle" AND interior would
search for the exact phrase Stafford Castle and the word interior anywhere
within the resource text, only resources containing both the phrase and the
word will be returned. Always enclose phrases within double quotes!
|The OR operator
|The OR operator will return results that contain any of the phrases or words
seperated by the operator. For instance, you might use the following query
to search for images of castles in Stafford and Tamworth: "Stafford
Castle" OR "Tamworth Castle".
|The NEAR operator
|The NEAR operator allows you to search for resources where words or phrases appear
close to each other within the resource text. Both the words and phrases
in a NEAR query must be enclosed within "double quotes"! "Ralph" NEAR "Stafford" would
return resources including the name Ralph de Stafford, but would not display
other resources including Stafford within the resource text.
|The NOT operator
The NOT operator allows you to search for resources by excluding combinations
of words or phrases. This operator always excludes the word or phrase
after the operator. Stafford NOT Castle will return all resources containing
the word Stafford exept those containing the word castle.