Using Text Search

Our search facility is a powerful and simple way to combine words and/or phrases to retrieve the required documents. Logical operators are used to combine and exclude search words. Wildcards allow different spellings and word stems to be used in a single search.

 

Text Search Box
Search Text Box

Searching

To perform a search for documents, input the search words into the 'Text Search Box' and click Search.

  • Do not use punctuation when entering search terms, particularly parentheses ( ).

  • Text Search searches on word variants, ie searching for swim also searches for swims, swimming and swimmer

Phrase searching

To search for documents that contain a phrase (words in a string), input the text string.

For example inputting the text string Bunbury Port Authority will search for this phrase. It will NOT search for Bunbury; Port; and Authority separately) and will return documents that contain exactly that string (and word variants of any words in the string, ie Bunbury Port Authorities, Bunbury Ports Authority)

NB Only search on a text string if you are sure the string is correct, otherwise use the AND option (see below)

Logical Operators

Logical (also known as Boolean) Operators combine and exclude terms in a partuicular way. The three main operators are 'AND', 'OR' and 'NOT'. Each can also be represented by a symbol & , | and ! - which works in the same way.

To search for documents that contain all search words, but not necessarily in a string, use the logical operator AND between individual words.

For example inputting Bunbury AND Port AND Authority will search for Bunbury; Port; Authority as separate words and will return documents that contain all of these words (and word variants)

To search for documents that contain any, but not necessarily all, of the search words, use the logical operator OR between individual words.

For example inputting Bunbury OR Port OR Authority will search for Bunbury; Port; Authority as separate words and will return documents that contain any of these words (and word variants)

To search for documents that contain a word but do not contain another word, use the logical operator NOT between individual words.

For example inputting Bunbury NOT Port will search for Bunbury; Port as separate words and will return documents that contain Bunbury, but do not contain Port (and word variants)

Wildcards

Wildcards are used in place of one or more characters in a word when searching and save having to input a number of different spellings of the same word. However, they do widen the search and should be used with care.

To use a Wildcard, input ? to replace any single character anywhere in a search word.

For example compl?ment finds compliment and complement, wom?n finds woman and women