The Technical Library Catalogue Part 6: How to do an advanced search

This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page. The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See a previous blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details.

An Advanced search allows up to four different fields within a catalogue record to be searched at the same time.

The fields that can be searched simultaneously are Title, Author, Subject, Keywords, Series, Classmark or ISBN.

Example 1 Any books by Clem Sunter discussing his ‘fox’ theory:

Keyword fox = 56 hits which include authors named Fox

Author Sunter = 17 hits including all books and journal articles

Keyword fox plus Author Sunter = four books by Sunter all about the ‘fox’ theory.

Example 2 Any project management records that discuss specifically mega projects

Subject project management = 600 hits

Title mega = 69 hits

Subject  project management plus Title mega = 10 hits


It may be necessary to do a Subject search (see a previous blog) to determine the correct subject headings used in the thesaurus linked to the catalogue. Knowledge of specific Classmarks, Series names and ISBN numbers would be needed to search in these specific fields.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

16th May 2018

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