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Accessing the Simple Search

1. On the Digital Library homepage, the Simple Search box appears as below:

DL search box

2. Enter your keywords or the document symbol and click on "Search".

sustainable development

Results in the Digital Library


Truncation, is a technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings. To use truncation, enter the root of a word and put the truncation symbol at the end.

  • * is the truncation symbol used in the Digital Library

peacekeeping AND (child* OR women)

Truncation example - end of word

  • you can also put it in the middle of a word or expression

peacekeeping AND (child* OR wom*n)

Truncation example - middle of word

Full-text Searching

Full-text searching of documents/publications can be enabled once an initial search is run. Unless you select "Fulltext Search", your search terms will be found in the description of the document (author, subject, symbol etc.). Selecting "Fulltext Search" will find results in the full text of the documents, when available.  

Fulltext searching

Note: To search for content in French and Spanish, full-text searching must be enabled.  Full-text searching is not currently enabled for Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

Boolean Searching

Boolean commands can be used to manipulate the Simple Search.  The default boolean in the search box is AND (nuclear disarmament - is equivalent to - nuclear AND disarmament). 

  • AND (default)

nuclear AND disarmament

nuclear disarmament

  • OR 

nuclear OR disarmament

nuclear OR disarmament

nuclear AND (disarmament OR proliferation)

nuclear AND (disarmament OR proliferation)

  • NOT

nuclear AND disarmament NOT proliferation

nuclear AND disarmament NOT proliferation