Search Tips

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators can broaden or narrow your results.

Use AND to retrieve results that contain both search terms:

ancient AND egypt

Use OR to retrieve results that contain any or all of your search terms:

poverty OR development

Using NOT to exclude irrelevant results:

literature NOT review

Truncation & Wildcards

Truncation and wildcards are used to search for any spelling of a word.

Truncation: use an asterisk (*) to replace part of a word:

child* = child, childs, children, childrens, childhood

*plane = airplane, aeroplane, warplane

Wildcards: use a question mark (?) to substitute one letter within a word:

organi?e = organise, organize

wom?n = women, woman

Quotation Marks

Quotation marks can be used to retrieve more specific results.

Consider searching for a specific phrase:

"case study"

"ancient history"

"mental health"

Consider searching for a specific spelling of a word:

"honour" instead of "honor"

"centre" instead of "center"

"organise" instead of "organize"

Fields

Use the field options in Primo Advanced Search to streamline your results.

Business items only:

Select the Subject field and search Business.

Theses and Dissertations:

Limit the Material Type to thesesTheses by Avondale College graduates can be isolated from these results.

Refine by author:

Use the Author field to search for items by a particular author.  

Parentheses

Parentheses combine keywords and control the order of boolean operators.

Create more complex and focussed search queries:

(ministry AND theology) AND youth

(teaching OR education) AND primary

(addiction NOT drugs) AND mental health

Synonyms

If your keywords aren't yielding suitable results, consider different synonyms.

spiritual:

divine, devotional, supernal, sacred

customer:

client, consumer, patron, purchaser