The Simple Search screen is usually the default search option displayed when you access WebOPAC, though your library may have chosen to display another search option as the default. The default search mechanism on this screen is a Keyword search, i.e. the search term can appear anywhere within the selected index - it is not Starting with… searching.
To do a basic search:
- In the Search Term box enter the word or words on which you wish to search. Multiple words can be entered and the system will do a logical AND between each term. For example, if you enter COMPUTER MICROSOFT only records that contain both COMPUTER and MICROSOFT will be returned.
- Select the index you wish to search from the Index dropdown box. - your library will have set a default for the Index box (e.g. Anyword, Title, Subject) - you can leave this default or select a new Index
- Select the number of records to display per page - the default selection is set by your library
- Press the SEARCH button OR use the shortcut keys ALT+S to start the search . Note: If you are not changing the displayed Index, you can press the Enter key or use ALT+S after entering the search term to start the search (though this is not supported by all Browsers).
- If your search does not find any “hits”, the Browse Index screen will be displayed with (where possible) closest matching terms. If you wish, you can then click on one of these closest matching terms to view the Titles tied to those terms.
- To clear the screen ready for a new search, click on the Clear Screen button.
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