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Search Help

Most searches can be conducted through the Search bar at the top of the page. By typing in multiple words or a phrase, the results will return where any of the words entered is found, e.g. searching "Queen's University" (no quotes) will return anything with "Queen's" or "University" (or both) in the description.

To search by a specific phrase, use quotation marks ("") around the phrase, e.g. "City of Kingston"

Clicking on the word "Search" will open other options for Advanced Search. Advanced search will allow you to specify words or phrases within a certain field, and limit your results to include (by selecting Add New Criteria > AND), omit (Add New Criteria > NOT) or use alternate terms (Add New Criteria > OR), and specifying a field.

Other Boolean operators available in AtoM:















































Symbol
Use
Term enclosed in quotes must appear exactly as provided. Example: “towel” will find towel, but not towels.
+Term after “+” must be in the result. Example: +tea cricket requires that results that must contain the term tea in them, and may have the term cricket.
-Term after “-” must not be in the result. Example: -tea cricket requires that results that must not contain the term tea in them, and may have the term cricket.
?Single character wildcard. Example: p?per will find paper and piper, but not pepper.
*Multiple character wildcard. Example: galax* will find galaxy and galaxies, but not galactic.
~Fuzzy search. Will return results with words similar to the term. Example: fjord~ will find fjord, fjords, ford, form, fonds, etc.
&&Boolean operator. Can be used in place of AND. Will cause an error if combined with spelled-out operators. Example: Arthur && Ford AND Zaphod will fail; Arthur && Ford && Zaphod will succeed.
!Boolean operator. Can be used in place of NOT. Will cause an error if combined with spelled-out operators.
^Boost relevance. Multiplies the relevance of the preceding term by the number following the symbol, affecting the sorting of the search results. Example: paranoid android^5 gives results containing the term “android” 5x the relevance as results containing only the word “paranoid”, and will sort them closer to the start of the search results.
\Escapes the immediately following character, so that it is treated as text, rather than as a special character. For example, to search for “(1+1):2”, use the following: \(1\+1\)\:2
( )Used to group search clauses. This can be useful if you want to control the precedence of boolean operators for a query, e.g. (coffee NOT tea) OR cream will return different results than coffee NOT (tea OR cream). Without grouping, by default in Elasticsearch, NOT takes precedence over AND, which takes
precedence over OR.
[ ]Closed interval range search. Example: [“Frogstar” TO “Magrathea”] will return results in the alphabetic range between “Frogstar” and “Magrathea”, including”Frogstar” and “Magrathea”.
{ }Open interval range search. Example: {“Frogstar” TO “Magrathea”} will return all results in the alphabetic range between “Frogstar” and “Magrathea”, excluding”Frogstar” and “Magrathea”.

For further advanced search tips, you can also visit https://www.accesstomemory.org/en/docs/2.2/user-manual/access-content/search-atom/#search-atom