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Research Tips: How do I search QuickSearch?

Research tips, support, strategies and FAQs

Quick Tips for QuickSearch!

What are you looking for?

Understanding the search options available in the Library will help you locate the resources you need faster.

QuickSearch is a quick and simple search to help you find online resources at KEMH.   QuickSearch searches across online journals, ebooks and other web resources.  


QuickSearch does NOT search for print books, and is not a replacement for a comprehensive literature search.


Log in using your WNHS login at the top right of the QuickSearch screen QuickSearch Login

Logging in allows you to:

  • Create favourites lists
  • Export citations using Endnote Web
  • Gain access to the full range of online resources subscribed to by the Library


Quick Search Tips

QuickSearch searches for all the words you type unless you combine or exclude words or phrases by using OR or NOT


The default search is a keyword search across all fields.  Use the Advanced Search to choose specific fields (eg title, author etc).  For more information on the Advanced Search refer to the Advanced Search Tab on the right.


To refine your results use the filters on the right-hand side of the results page (e.g. topic, collection, resource type, etc.)  See the Refining the results tab above for more information.


Tweaking the results

To refine your search, use the filters available under the Tweak my results heading on the right side of the QuickSearch results page.


Sort by - the default is to sort by the most relevant articles based on the search query, but this can be changed to Date, Author or Title.  Given the vast number of results usually retrieved, sorting by date may not be the best option.  The Creation Date filter can be used to limit the years of publication.

Availability - by default ALL results are listed.  You can limit to Full Text Online, but that may exclude useful information.  Staff and students employed by WNHS or undertaking KEMH courses are able to request copies of articles not held by the library (document delivery).  

Language - the majority of results will be in English, but other languages are available also.  Use the Languages filter to include or exclude articles in different languages.


The number of results associated with a particular filter is shown in ( ) e.g.

Quicksearch Availability  filter


To filter the results by more than one option at once, click in the relevant boxes that appear when you hover above the different filter options.  When you are finished applying the filters, click on the green Apply Filters button at the bottom. e.g.


Further Help

Boolean Operators

QuickSearch uses Boolean operators to construct the search query.  

The Boolean operator AND is automatically used when you enter more than one search term, but you can use the Boolean operators OR and NOT to further refine your search.  


The table below explains how Boolean operators work.


Not enough useful results?

Try these additional tips to improve your search result.



Use "double quotation" marks to search for a specific phrase e.g. "gestational diabetes".  You can combine both words and phrases in your search.

For example:  "gestational diabetes"  nutrition

QuickSearch uses AND by default between keywords and phrases so this search will retrieve records containing both 'gestational diabetes' and nutrition.



Wildcards are single characters that allow you to expand your search.

  • To search for words with different endings use an asterisk (*) after the root of the word.  For example neonat* will retrieve records containing neonate, neonates, neonatal, neonatology etc.
  • Use a question mark (?) to replace a single character in a word.  For example wom?n will retrieve records containing both 'woman' and 'women'.



Check your spelling / consider alternative spelling. e.g. gynecology instead of gynaecology


Using the Advanced Search Option

Clicking on ADVANCED SEARCH will expand the QuickSearch box to include several additional search options to help you create a more specific search.


There are 3 query options in the Advanced Search box:


Click on the Any field drop down menu to refine the search to only Title, Author or Subject

Click on the contains drop down menu to define how your search term is incorporated in the search query.  Contains is used for a standard keyword search.  

Click on the AND drop down menu to select the appropriate Boolean operator.  Refer to the Formulate the Search tab for more information on using Boolean operators.


Using the options on the right side, you can apply limits for Material Type, Language and Publication Date.  Limits can also be applied in the 'Tweak my results' section on the search results page.


Exporting Citations from QuickSearch into EndNote

  • Conduct a search in QuickSearch
  • Click  next to the citations you want to send to EndNote
  • In the top banner next to Sign in click Go to my favorites 



  •  In My Favorites, tick the checkboxes next to the references for export to EndNote
  •  Click on Push to (3 dots in grey toolbar)
  •  Select EndNote > Download




  • The citations will be downloaded into the Temporary Folder in EndNote.
  • Check the downloaded citations: QuickSearch may duplicate author names. Also check that the surname and first name are correctly indicated.

NOTE: To export only one citation Search QuickSearch > click on the  next to the required citation > click EndNote > click Download