Quick Search will find most of what you need, and you can use wildcards.

The quick search box is on every page. It works just like other search engines, like Google search:

  • Put in a word to find just that word (and simple variants: search for cat and you will also find cats.)
  • Put in more than one word and you will find pages that contain any of those words (the ones that contain most of them should be the top results).
  • Put in a phrase (enclose the phrase in quotation marks: “just like this”) and you will find only pages containing that phrase.

Run your search by hitting return or clicking the magnifying glass icon to the right of the search box.

Search results

The main part of the search results page contains your search results, divided into two parts, each on its own tab:

  • The BOOKS tab shows you what complete Oxford clinical psychology books you have found with your search – for example, if you searched for its title, or a search term that was appropriate to the whole book; and
  • The CHAPTER tab shows you what chapters you have found with your search – for example if you searched for a word that appears in the full text of that chapter, or in the indexing data for that chapter. The CHAPTER tab is the default.

Click on either tab to see your chapter and books search results list.

  • The list is ordered by relevance, with the best results at the top. Use the Sort by options at the top of the list to sort by the author name or publication date instead.
  • You can choose to increase the number of Items per page with the box at the top of the list.
  • Long lists will be broken over several pages. Use the Page links at the top right of the list to move from page to page

Each result on the CHAPTER tab shows you the chapter, the book it comes from, and a snippet of text showing how your search term appears – this can help you choose whether you want to see the whole result. Click on the chapter name to see the full text of the chapter, or click on the title to go to that book.

Once you've gone to full content, you can return to your results list, or move through it, using the arrows and Back to results on the left below the header.

 Refining your results list

On the left of your results list you’ll find features to help you find what you want in that list.

Narrow your choices by using the left pane available on all search and browse results pages.

  • Add another search term: To refine your results further, select what type of content you want to search (i.e., full text, bibliography, author), and add a quick search term. Add a row by clicking the “Add row” button, and utilize the Boolean operators as needed between search terms. Click the update button for search results reflecting your new search criteria. To delete all or part of your query, simply delete the search terms and select “Update.”
  • Availability: your library may not have subscribed to all the Oxford Clinical Psychology content. Open the Availability widget by clicking the little triangle and then check the Show full text results only box to limit what you see to just what you have access rights to.
  • By specialty, disorders and clinical problems, and/or series: Narrow your choices further by choosing a subject, disorder or clinical problem, and/or series. In this pane you’ll see the same specialty taxonomy as in the specialty browse panel – but in more detail, so you can choose to explore more precisely.
                o Each topic shows you the number of books on that topic (in brackets).
                o Click on the + signs to expand each branch of the taxonomy or the – signs to hide the sub-branches. Click on                each term to choose it.
  • Refine by date: If you are looking for a title published online or in print in a certain year or range of years, use this tool to find it. Select “Online Pub Date” or “Print Pub Date”, then add a range of years using the “From” and “To” fields. If you know the exact year it was published, select it in the “Exact year” dropdown. Hit the “Update” button to see the updated results list. You can also add rows and use Boolean operators as part of this functionality.


 Gone too far?

The grey panel at the top of the main list shows you the search terms and filters that are being used to make your results list. You can always remove a filter by clicking on the x next to it, or Clear All and start again.

Using the results list

You can save a search results list as a PDF file; or you can print it out, email it, or share it via a social media site – use the icons at the top right of the list.


Boolean Operators

If you like, you can type the Boolean operators AND, OR, or NOT directly into the quick search field, so typing cat NOT asleep finds all documents that contain the word cat but not the word asleep.


Wildcards are characters that represent one or more letter, and you can use them in any search box.

  • ? can stand for any single letter.
    • A search for c?t finds cat, cot, and cut.
  • * stands for one or more letters (or no letters)
    • A search for do* finds do, dog, document, documentary, and many many other words.