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Command Line Searching


What is command line searching?
Why use Command Line searching?
How do I perform a Command Line search?

What is command line searching?

Command line searching allows you to use Boolean operators to combine a number of different fields within a search.

Why use Command Line searching?

Command line searching is useful if you want to quickly combine fields within a search without filling in each of the fields individually.
Example:
You want information on the subject of employee rights, from the issuing body Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

NB You could also perform this search by entering your search terms into the relevant fields.

Command line searching is particularly useful when you need to find information in one field, but NOT in another.
Example:
You want information on transplants in the UK, but already have plenty of information from the Department of Health, so you want to exclude that from your search.

How do I perform a Command Line search?

To perform a command line search you need to specify which fields UKOP should search for each of your search terms. To do this, prefix your search terms with field name abbreviations:
Field Name Abbreviation to use
Title TITLE
Series title SR
Issuing body CA
Personal author AU
Subject SU
Category CT
Series reference SR
Session year SY
Publication date (dd/mm/yyyy) PY
Publication type PT
Publisher PU
ISBN/ISSN BN
Edition ED
Price PR
Availability AV
Notes NB
Subject/title keyword SK
To perform a search:
  • Use the keywords search box on the Advanced Search page to enter a command line search;
  • Enter the abbreviations you wish to use before the relevant keywords into the keyword field, combined with Boolean operators;
  • Click Submit.
Example: You want information on the subject of employee rights, from the issuing body Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service. The abbreviations you need are SU (subject) and CA (issuing body):
CA = “advisory conciliation and arbitration service” and SU = rights

You can also use Boolean and wildcard operators, along with the ~ (tilde) and ! (exclamation mark). If you are performing a command line search and have used quotes to enclose phrases it is not possible to look for related meanings or spellings using the ~ (tilde) and ! (exclamation mark).

If you are performing a command line search, UKOP will only search the fields you specify.
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