Unless you are familiar with Boolean searching, constructing advanced searches can be daunting but in BiblioCommons, creating ‘nested’ complex searches is straightforward.
- Here is a YouTube demonstration of nested advanced search.
- For detailed instructions visit the BiblioCommon’s training page and go to Session 4 – Using Advanced Search [available only via the library intranet]
I created a nested search string by using the keywords: cuisine, low fat, Indian, vegetarian, mains.
I replaced ALL with ANY, and played around with the search expression by replacing “OR” with “AND”, then I added brackets to create nested groups to create complex nested expressions like:
( keyword1 OR (keyword2 AND keyword3 AND (keyword4 OR keyword5))).
Complicated searches like these can be tagged with simple names. This also hides the search string. I gave my search string the name “Health Food” by adding “&title = Healthy Food” to the URL. This feature would be very useful for sharing the search string with other users.