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Banks search guide

The following instructions will help you search for content and documents with the Papers of Sir Joseph Banks website.

  1. Enter the text for your search
  2. Select your preferred number of results per page
  3. Select the Search button to commence searching

Searching

The default search is a basic keyword search. Each individual word is searched for anywhere in a web page or document. Searches are not case-sensitive. Results are ordered by the prevalance of the search term.

A list of See References is available to assist you in finding changes in terminology.

To perform a phrase search (words appearing in a particular order) use " " quotation marks around the phrase.

To find multiple word stems such as plurals, you can use an * asterisk as a wildcard. It will not work at the start of a word. You can also use the wildcard to truncate terms.

You can also use the basic boolean operators and or not. These operators can be used with ( ) brackets to create sets within a search.

Examples:

Search Term Type Result
Flinders maps keyword all pages containing the words Flinders and maps
"criminal court" phrase all pages containing the exact phrase
"10 July 1771" phrase all pages containing the exact date 10 July 1771
"July 1771" phrase all pages containing the exact date July 1771
map* wildcard (stem) all pages with words that start accordingly, for example
map, maps, mapping, maple
col*r wildcard (truncate) all pages with words that start and end accordingly, for example
colour, color, collector
"Aust* Aborigin*" phrase and wildcard (stem) all pages with phrases that start and end accordingly, for example
Australian Aborigine, Australian Aborigines, Australian Aboriginal
charts and journals Boolean and all pages that include both words
charts or journals Boolean or all pages that include either word
charts not journals Boolean not all pages that include report but not journals
charts and (journals or diaries) Boolean and, or all pages with charts and either diaries or journals
(journals or diaries) not chart* Boolean or, not and wildcard (stem) all pages with either journals or diaries but not charts