Keyword search

The keyword search allows you to search for records based on author, title or subject keywords, or a combination of these.


This search includes any names associated with the creation of a document, including editor, illustrator, etc. It does not include name as subject.

You may Enter a name in its familiar or inverted form, e.g.:
     'Charles Dickens' or 'Dickens, Charles'

You may also use quotes to indicate a phrase. However if you place quotes around the whole name, the name should be inverted, e.g.:
     "Dickens, Charles"
     "Snow, C P"


This search queries the main title within records.

You may enter a full title, or keywords, using quotes to indicate an exact phrase, e.g.:
     "Evolution of speech"


This search queries all subjects given within records, regardless of source.

You may enter one or more subject keywords or phrases, using quotes to indicate an exact phrase e.g.:
     engineering railways history
     "humans rights abuses"

To carry out a search, add your terms to the relevant fields, and click 'Search' at the bottom of the page.

See Refinement options for guidance on the options to further refine your search.

Running a keyword search as a batch search

Using the batch search option will save your search results in your search history, allow you to re-run the search at any time from your search history, and bypass the standard search maximum of 5000 records for refining and visualising results, meaning that you will be able to view graphs for larger results sets.

Batch searches also run in the background, allowing you to use the browser window for other things, or to do another search while waiting for your results.

You should select the 'Treat as a batch search' option if think your results set may be large, you wish to save the results in your search history, or you would like to be able to re-run the search in the future to check for changes.

To run a keyword search as a batch search:

  • Enter your search terms in the Author / Title / Subject fields as appropriate
  • Select the 'Treat as batch search' option
  • Click 'Search' at the bottom of the page

The ‘Batch search in progress’ screen will display whilst the search is running: large batch searches can take a little while.

When the search is complete the results page will automatically be displayed. Or, if you have been doing other things, you can check your results in your search history later. Your batch search results set will be retained for ONE WEEK, but your search can be re-run at any time from your search history.