There are several ways to search for content in the UCD Digital Library, and these are described below. The search box is visible on all pages, with a larger search box present on the Home page.
To search, type one or more words into the search box at the top of the main page and click on the go button, or press enter on your keyboard.
When you submit a search, you will then see a page (or pages) that provide a list of results matching your search criteria.
By default, UCD Digital Library returns 10 results per page, and a short summary of the text around the terms for which you searched.
If there is more than one page of results you will see the number of pages at the top and bottom of the screen.
To move on to the next page of results click on the next button or click on the number of the page you wish to view.
You can use Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT to refine your search results.
Using the AND function when searching will allow you to get results which contain both words you are searching for. To use the AND function just type the two words in the search box.
For example Galway Dublin
The description of all of your search results will contain both words.
Using the OR function when searching will allow you to find items that contain either one or other of the words for which you have searched. For example, Galway OR Dublin
This search has retrieved all records which contain the words Galway or Dublin.
You can use the NOT function to exclude words from your search. For example, Galway NOT Dublin. This will retrieve all the items which contain the word Galway in the description except those which also contain the word Dublin.
Combined Boolean Operators
You can also combine AND, OR and NOT searches. For example, if you would like to search for results that contain the subject of education in either Galway or Dublin, you should type (Galway OR Dublin) education in the search box.
You could also use this combined AND and OR search in the following way. To search for the terms Education or School in either Galway or Dublin you should type (Galway OR Dublin) (Education or School).
Placing quotes around a phrase will search for the exact phrase. For example "Blackhall place"
The UCD Digital Library uses the Apache Solr search platform, which allows for more advanced search options.
You can search for words within 3 words from each other. For example:
dc.title:"Michael Collins"~3. This searches for Michael and Collins within 3 words of each other in a Title field. You can raise or lower the distance between words.
Date range searching
You can search for a date range by using the following syntax:
dc.date:[1580 TO 1625]
Within any field, you can use wildcard matching.
Eliminate terms from the search
If you have a specific term that you wish to eliminate from the search, you can do so by choosing the field (e.g. dc.language), choose the term, and prefix the search query with a minus symbol.
Equally, you can limit your search to only include a specific term.
Combined range searching
dc.date:[1580 TO 1599] AND dc.coverage:Madrid