Classic Search

What will this find?

Classic Search finds books, exam papers, journals, audio-visual materials, course materials, databases, electronic resources, maps, music scores, rare books, sound recordings, and theses.
Type the keyword(s) you want to find. For example:
  • shakespeare king lear
  • veterinary medicine

Advanced Searching Tips

Phrase Only
To ensure that multiple words are searched together as one phrase they need to be enclosed in quotation marks.
Example : "world health organization"
Wildcards
Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk. '*' for open-ended truncation, '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, comput*, wom?
Boolean Operators
Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (scotland or england) and (adventure and not holiday)
Proximity Operators
Use "near" to specify words close to each other, in any order.
Example : glasgow near university
Field limits
A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
Grouping
Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.
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