Here's some tips on how to the search function efficently.
Please do not use single or double quotes as they are disabled in the search function. Operator characters also cannot be used to include or exclude keywords. In some other search functions, operators are used to include (+) or exclude (-) certain keywords. This is not the case for the Publications search function.
You can search for publication titles with partial phrases such as 'performance measurement'. Case sensitivity does not matter e.g. peRFORMance MEASURement will still return the correct publications.
When you submit a search for a particular keyword, those words are hihglighted so you can be assured, the correct results have returned. In the Advanced Search, multiple keywords are highlighted.
You can search for an author in the Basic Search Function, as long you enter the name in this format (without quotes) 'Surname, Forename Intial'. Be sure to enter a comma after the surname and make a space after the comma. For example, 'Duffy, A', 'Smith, J' or 'Whitfield, R'.
The following examples will not work in the search function: 'Duffy,A', 'Smith J' or 'R Whitfield'
The Advanced Search function has a great advantage over the Basic version. You can combine a search with titles, authors, details or years, all together.
You can choose to find publications written by Alex Duffy. It will return a large number of publications by Alex Duffy.
If you want to narrow down the search, say find publications written by Alex Duffy in 1993. Set the 'From Year' and 'To Year' to 1993. It will return a limited number of publications, which would be easier to look through.
The Advanced Search function provides two lists of authors, you can use this to find co-authors of publications. If you wanted to find a publication co-written by Alex Duffy and R I Whitfield, then you should set the First Author to 'Duffy, A H B' and the Second Author to 'Whitfield, R I'. The Search Function will find publication co-written by those authors.