Newcat+ search tips


For a better searching experience please log into MyLibrary before entering your search terms.

Basic search

Enter your search terms in the NewCat+ search box on the Library's homepage – you can use a few words, a phrase or a more complex search. For more help see our online Newcat+ Tutorials.

Viewing your results

All results are displayed, including books, ebooks, DVDs and journal articles.

If you are looking for books etc held in the Library, you must select the 'Books' link under the Limit by menu on the left hand side.

If you are looking for online journal articles select 'Journal Articles' from the Limit by menu on the left hand side.

Limiting your results

Narrow your results further using the limiters in the left hand menu such as Subject, Publication date, Location, Format and Availability.

Any limiters that you apply are displayed under the Limit by heading on the left hand side.

To remove a limiter and broaden your results again, click on the cross next to the limiter under the Limit by menu. You will notice that the number of results in your results list will then increase again.

Keywords and phrases

Multiple keywords are searched for as individual words.
For example: social media is searched as social AND media

If you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotation marks.
For example: "social media" will retrieve titles where those two words appear together as a phrase.

Advanced search

The Advanced Search will give you more search options and enable you to be more specific in your search.

For example, you can choose to search for words in a particular field such as author, title, subject or keyword.

Use an advanced title search when you know the exact title of an item. You will get the most relevant results if you enclose the title in quotation marks so that it is searched as an exact phrase.

For example: "Corporate Social Responsibility in the Construction Industry"

Important: The advanced title search will be unsuccessful unless you enter the title exactly (words in the correct order with no typographical errors).

If you are unsure of the exact title, use a keyword search instead.

Reading lists - Course Readings Collection

You can search NEWCAT+, by title, to locate and access items on your reading list.
Your Course Coordinator may also have created hyperlinks in Blackboard for your reading list.

More questions about NewCat+?

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