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Searching the Digital Library

Basic Search

The basic search page will allow you to search in all of the full-text of items (documents and journal issues). Enter a search term or terms and click Search. If you leave the search field blank, all items will be listed.

Search Terms

To improve your search results, refer to the International Thesaurus of Refugee Terminology (ITRT). This is used to provide the specialised subject terms. For geographic terms use the Huridocs Micro-Thesaurus.

Tips

  1. If you leave the search field blank, all items (documents and journal issues) will be listed.
  2. To search for all variants of a word (e.g. child and children) use the * character. So for example enter the search term child* to search for child and children. Also use * for plurals, so enter refugee* to search for refugee and refugees.
  3. To search on more than one term put the terms in the box with no punctuation or operators between them: palestine children education
  4. If you are looking for a specific phrase, enclose it in double quotes, thus "refugee convention".
  5. The search allows the use of a range of Boolean operators: a search on palestine +gaza will return results that contain both 'palestine' and 'gaza' a search on palestine -gaza will return results that contain 'palestine' only when they don't contain 'gaza'.

Advanced Search

Proceed to the advanced search page, where you can search by:

  1. Full text
    • Enter a search term or terms and click Search.
    • If you leave the search field blank, all items will be listed depending on the use of the metadata fields (Title, Author/Creator etc).
  2. Title
    • Enter all or part of a title.
  3. Author/Creator
    • Enter all or part of an author or creator's name.
  4. Year
    • Enter four digit year.
  5. Sourced from
    • Select from a list of organisations / individuals that have donated items to FMO.
  6. Publisher
    • Enter all or part of a Publisher's name.
  7. Geographic term
    • Select from a list of countries / regions to find items with the country or region in their metadata.
    • Geographic terms are taken from the Huridocs Micro-Thesaurus.
  8. Subject
  9. Language
    • Choose the language of the items you want to search (note that currently all journals are in English).
  10. Journal name
    • Select a journal name to find all issues of that journal.
    • Note that you can combine entries in these fields e.g. search for title containing OSCE and subject discrimination.
Last updated Sep 22, 2011