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You can use the quick search to search across all fields, or you can narrow your search down to a specific field including:

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Advanced Search

You can use the advanced search feature to create more complex searches.

Using the advance search feature you can search the following fields:

  • Abstract & Abstract Title (at the same time)
  • Author
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  • Subdiscipline
  • Year
  • Volume / Issue

You also have access to the following features:

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  • Include "Stop" words

You can also set and save preferences such as:

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  • Keyword highlighting

Exact Searching

If you are searching on multiword phrases, such as both the first and family name of an author, or the full title of a publication then place your query between double inverted commas to get best results.

For example "Stan Smith" will give you exact phrase matching on this author name whereas entering Stan Smith will return all matches on the occurrence of the words Stan or Smith.

Obviously, if you enter a single word like "language" you will get a very large number of matches so you should use caution when using potentially common words and try to make your search term as accurate as possible which will in turn deliver much more useful results.

Boolean Searching

Boolean Searching adds great flexibility to our search by giving you the ability to use AND (You can also use "+") and OR with your key words.

These words (also known as operators) are specially recognised by our search system when typed into the search fields in capital letters.

For example if you would like to search for items on "language" and "sound" you could do so by entering the following into the Text search field:

language AND sound

The search would return all items containing both "language" and "sound" somewhere within its text.

If you wanted to search for items on either "language" or "sound" you could enter:

language OR sound

The search would return all items containing either "language" or "sound" somewhere within its text.

Stem Searching

Stem searching is useful when you are researching a particular subject matter which may have different suffixes.

For example, stem searching on the word "speak" would also return results for "speaking", or "speaker"

To perform stem searching simply insert the root / stem of your keyword (in our case, "speak") add an "*" (asterix) at the end of your keyword.

For example: speak*

Proximity Searching

Proximity searching is a way of searching for instances where two or more words from a phrase occur within a specified distance of each other. For example, a search could be used to find "second language learning", and match phrases such as "learning a second language". By limiting the proximity of elements of the search phrase, they can be matched while avoiding results where the words are used in unrelated occurrences within a document

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