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Using advanced search

Compared to a simple search, an advanced search gives you more ways to control and limit your search results.

For example, you can limit the scope of your search to only open access material, only digital material, or only items in the maps, pictures and manuscripts collections. You can also specify the publication date, and conduct a search on up to three search strings simultaneously.

Searching within specific fields

In addition to searching the title, author and subject fields in our records (which you can do in a simple search), the advanced search allows you to search specifically within fields such as:

  • the publisher's name
  • the date the item was created
  • the place a newspaper was published
  • the call number (the Dewey number or shelf location)
  • the accession number or image number (a unique number assigned to manuscripts and pictures)
  • the ISBN or ISSN
  • the notes (general information about the item)
  • the contents or summary notes (information about the item's contents)
  • the language note (the language in which an item is written, or in which it was originally published)
  • the access conditions (for example, whether an item is out of copyright)
  • the copyright status code.

Example searches

To find: Select from drop-down menu:  Type in:
Newspapers published in Bendigo 'in Place newspaper published' Bendigo
The single item with the accession number H91.282/1 'Accession/Image/Call no.' h91.282/1
The group of related items with the accession numbers H2011.36/1-67 'Accession/Image/Call no.' h2011.36*
The single item with the call number S 305.52 M33N 'Accession/Image/Call no.' "305.52 m33n" (omit any letters before the first number)
The group of items with 305.52 M33N in the call number 'Accession/Image/Call no.' 305.52*
Books in Chinese 'in Language note'
Material type menu: 'Books'
chinese
Books about Mao Zedong in Chinese 'in Language note'
Material type menu: 'Books'
chinese (in first text box, corresponding to 'in Language note' selection)
mao zedong (in second text box, no need to alter the corresponding menus)
Items that are out of copyright 'in Copyright status code' oc
Pictures that are out of copyright 'in Access conditions' + 'using exact phrase'
Material type menu:  'pictures'
out of copyright
Digitised items related to ships 'in State Library URL' handle.slv.vic.gov.au (in first text box, corresponding to ‘in State Library URL’ selection)
ships (in second text box, no need to alter the corresponding menus)

Screenshot: a search for books about Mao Zedong in Chinese

Screen shot - how to search for books about Mao Zedong in Chinese in the catalogue

Entering numbers for items

When entering a call number, omit any letters that come before the first number (for example, for the call number S 305.52 M33N, enter 305.52 M33N).

You can search for an ISBN, ISSN, call number, accession number or image number without using advanced search – just enter the number in the main search box.

More search tips

For more search tips you can use in a simple or advanced search, see How to search.