Brief guide to searching


There are two main ways to search the database, simple and advanced searching.


Simple search

The simple search is accessed via the “Quick Catalogue Search” search box in the top right corner of the page. By default, the simple search will search across the Title and Description fields. Where more than one term is entered, the default is an AND search.


Advanced search

The advanced search enables you to perform “Any text Field” searches, and also to search specifically in 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

Searching on picklist fields

If the field on which you are searching is a “picklist” field (a field in which the content is restricted to a limited list) it will appear with a drop down list from which you can select your search term.


Search results.

Your search results will be displayed in a search results hit list. Click anywhere on the row in the table to get a full catalogue description of your chosen item. You can sort the list of results according to the field of your choice by clicking on the column heading. If you wish to see how the item fits into the rest of the catalogue, click on the document reference number to view and browse the hierarchical catalogue structure.


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