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Using the Library Catalogue and Shelfmarks: Advanced Search & Lists

How to use Advanced Search

Advanced Search is an alternative to refining your search to help you build more complex searches if an initial search brings back too many results.

  • Click on Advanced search, found to the right of your search box near the top of your results page.
  • If you have already entered your search terms they will remain in the new search box; if you have not, add your search terms.
  • Use the 'with' menu to select a function to search with, such as Author, Location (Kimberlin, Law Library etc.), Collection (Main, Video, Electronic Resource, Theses etc.) or Subject. 
  • Add a term to use with this function. So for an author, choose an author surname.
  • You can use connectors AND, OR or NOT to apply to these parameters.
  • Click + to add another line. Your main search box is automatically updated when new data is added, so just click Search when you have finished adding lines.

Note: clicking More search options from the front page of the Library Catalogue currently brings up the old version of the Advanced Search function, though the search options are the same.

My Lists

On your search results and item details pages you will see a Save button. This button allows you to save an item to your My Lists section. This is useful if you want to build a reading list or reference list for a particular module or subject.

Clicking Save opens a dialog box asking you to give your list a name. If you are already signed in you will also have the option to add the item to an existing list. Once you have created a name or selected an existing list, click to save it.

Clicking the Save button also gives you the option to export the item reference to a bibliographic management tool such as Refworks.

Tip Icon Sign in before saving items to a list. This will keep the items you save attached to your account. If you leave the catalogue without signing in, any lists you created during your current session will be lost.