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Make the most of advanced searching!


The purpose of this guide is to:

Help you learn some useful search techniques

Improve your search results

Confidently undertake research using the Library Search or databases


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Where should I search?

Library Search is accessible by using the search box on the library website. It searches across a variety of different sources, including some of our key databases, ebooks and physical books, and open access (free) articles.

Library website (basic search) Advanced search


The basic library search can perform surprisingly complex searches, if you're confident in using Boolean operators and other techniques to manipulate the search! Read on to find out more. 

Databases are repositories of published material, usually (but not always) based around a broad subject area. Some databases contain full-text articles, others just contain the abstract (a record or overview) of the research, which you could search and try to obtain from elsewhere.


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