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The simplest method of searching the OAKList is by a single keyword. When you enter a keyword into the "Search For" box, the OAKList queries all records for any mention of the keyword you have entered. The OAKList searches all fields for the keyword and returns results that have event the most remote mention of the desired keyword.

To search the OAKList, enter the keyword that interests you in the box marked "Search For".

Then choose whether you wish to search for publishers or publications. You may search for both at once.

Then choose how you want your results ordered when returned to you. You can choose to have them ordered in alphabetical order by title, or by how close they match your keywords.

When you are happy with your search options, click the search button to proceed.


Search Examples

There are many ways to search the OAKList. By default, the OAKList searches for ALL of the words that you type in, and displays only records that contain those particular words in their title or keywords.

The examples below list different ways that you can search the OAKList. To view the output of a particular search, click on the example search term.

  • Match ANY words that you enter

    This search returns any record that has one or more occurances of any word that you search for.

    • Example

      To find any record that relates to Law or Australia. Search for   Law OR Australia

  • Find a journal by ISSN

    One of the most common methods of searching the OAKList is the ISSN search.

    To search by ISSN, ensure that the checkbox marked "Publications" in the Search For area is checked, and simply enter the 8 digit ISSN. You can leave the "-" in the center or remove it, it is not important.

    • Example

      To find a publication with an ISSN of "1476-9018". Search for   1476-9018   OR   14769018

  • Wildcard searching for part of a word

    If you are unsure of the exact spelling of a word related to a record that you are looking for, you can use a wildcard operator (*).

    • Example

      To find any record that contains "Australia", "Australasian", "Australian" or the abbreviation "Aust". Search for   Aust*

  • Match a specific phrase

    When you are absolutely sure about the exact phrase that you are looking for, you can specify this in the search criteria. This will ensure that only records that contain those exact words, in their exact sequence will be returned.

  • Show records from a specific source

    In some situations, you may only wish to show records from a particular source, OAKList, SHERPA or DOAJ. OAKList can display this information by using the following query format.

    • Example

      Show records that originate from SHERPA only. Search for   source:sherpa

    • Example

      Show records that originate from OAKList only. Search for   source:oaklist

    • Example

      Show records that originate from DOAJ only. Search for   source:doaj

  • Show records of a specific colour rating

    You can restrict your search parameters to a particular record colour by specifying the rating parameter.

    • Example

      Show records that have a Green rating. Search for   rating:green

    • Example

      Show records that have a Blue rating. Search for   rating:blue

  • Comprehensive Search

    By default, the OAKList searches a record for its title, keywords and ISSN number. If this does not produce the record you are looking for, a comprehensive search can be conducted.

    This type of search looks for any occurance, anywhere in the record, including all associated records, restrictions and conditions. This option will return a large amount of results, but may be what you are looking for.

    • Example

      Show all records that are even remotely related to Law. Search for   overview:law

  • Combine a number of search parameters

    You can of course combine all of the above parameters to form highly specialized queries.