Basic Search (no login required)


A keyword search returns all records with that keyword in any field. Single words normally generate more results. When searching for more than one word, records are returned that contain all words.

For instance, searching for Oxford Medicine returns all records containing Oxford AND Medicine anywhere in the record, i.e. in the title of the book, or the publisher, etc.

Another method of searching is to shorten (or truncate) a keyword; for instance, a search for medic returns medical, medicine, medicinal or medication.

A choice of additional search fields also appear next to the main search box as illustrated below: these are Title, Author, Subject, ISBN, Series and Call Number and they are accessed by clicking the drop down menu





Advanced search (no login required)


When you can’t find the most appropriate material with a Basic search, you can move to the Advanced Search page by clicking on the Search button at the centre of the homepage.

Here you will find many more options that will allow you to control exactly what is searched for. You can also choose to use AND, or NOT (known as Boolean operators).

The example below is a search looking for the subjects Obstetrics OR Gynaecology AND Churchill Livingstone as the publisher:

If you would like to search for a title or phrase that contains a Boolean operator, for example NOT, you can prevent the search from operating on the Boolean term by enclosing the phrase in double quotes. i.e. “How not to write a medical paper”

Search results (no login required)


Search results are ordered by date of publication with the most recent first.

You can also use the dropdown filter to reorder your results by date, title, etc.

If you want to see when a new item is added that meets your search criteria, RSS feeds will allow this. To do this, click on the RSS icon in your address bar or next to the number of results.

You can use the dropdown list to limit your search to items available in one particular library. However, results will still show other libraries that hold the title, as well as the library you have specified.

On the results overview you can also see main and other title; main and additional author names; edition statement; an icon showing material type; format and literary form; place of publication, publisher and date of publication; online access; other title; physical description and availability by library in alphabetical order.

You can choose to further refine your search using the options on the left of the screen, showing number of records in brackets.

After clicking an option you can later remove it from your results by clicking the small ‘x’ that appears to the right of it.

Click on title of the book to view a more detailed record. Subjects used in the record appear as links and will take you to further similar titles.

Select Browse shelf to see similar items on the same shelf at your chosen library.

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