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Keyword Search Hints

You can type a single word, such as a place name or a word from the title

Entering more than one keyword is automatically interpreted as a Boolean ‘and’ search. Thus entering 'westminster aquarium zoological’ will by default search for records which contain all these words.

Precise phrases can be searched for by the use of double quotes (") at the beginning and end. Thus, entering "westminster aquarium" will search for the exact phrase in the catalogue.

To perform a Boolean 'or' in your search query use '|' or 'OR' e.g. 'aquarium | aquatic' or 'aquarium OR aquatic'.

In order to exclude a word from your search results prefix the word with '-' e.g. 'aquarium -zoological' will search for records containing the word 'aquarium' but which do not contain the word 'zoological'. Please note that the excluded word cannot be at the start of a search as it might produce too many results. The word 'not' is treated as an ordinary keyword.

Parts of words (3 characters minimum) can be entered in conjunction with the asterisk key (*). Thus ‘aqu*’ will return all records containing aquatic, aquaria, aquarium etc. Truncation can only be used at the end of words.

The search distinguishes between the accented version of a word and the unaccented version. To obtain all the records containing a desired word it may be necessary to enter both versions of the word as keywords.

Quick Search

The quick search, on the main page, allows retrieval of records for entered keywords from any part of the catalogue record. The selected group of records will appear in ‘search results’. From this display, either the Evan number or thumbnail illustration may be chosen to see the record, or illustration, in detail.

Simple Search

The simple search allows retrieval of records through keyword and date range. The selected group of records will appear in ‘search results’. From this display, either the Evan number or thumbnail illustration may be chosen to see the record, or illustration, in detail.

Some names have a preferred form, and it is this variant which occurs on the catalogue record. The full list of names and their variants can be found in the 'browse' index for names, accessed from the left-hand side of the page.

Advanced Search

The advanced search allows retrieval of records through indexes for headings, names, genre and subject terms in addition to keyword searches. For information on what is contained in these areas of the record, see About the records. Please note that it is not possible to search by size of item. The selected group of records will appear in ‘search results’. From this display, either the Evan number or thumbnail illustration may be chosen to see the record, or illustration, in detail.

Some names have a preferred form, and it is this variant which occurs on the catalogue record. The full list of names and their variants can be found in the 'browse' index for names, accessed from the left-hand side of the page.

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