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Search Terms

You can search our site by adding one or more words to one or more of the search boxes below.

Each box searches a different field and the 'Search All' box searches them all.

If you enter multiple words in in any search box then one of those words MUST be in that field for the product to be returned but all of them don’t have to be present.

The results will be ordered by products with more of the specified words first (if in “Relevance” order) then any products that have less of your specified words.

For example if you search for “Red Dog” in the title field and “James Ben” in the Author field then ether “Red” or “Dog” must be present in the title AND ether “James” or “Ben” must be present in the Author field for a product to be shown in the results. If both “Red” and “Dog” is present in the Title as well as “James” and “Ben” in the Author then that product will appear first in the results followed by any products with fewer of the optional words.

Wildcard Searches

We support single and multiple character wildcard searches within single words.

To perform a single character wildcard search use the ""?"" symbol.

To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the ""*"" symbol.

The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for ""text"" or ""test"" you can use the search:

te?t

Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for test, tests or tester, you can use the search:

test*

You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term:

te*t

Warning: You should avoid using wildcard searches as the first character of a word as it will dramatically slow down searches:

?est

*st

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined through logic operators. We support AND, ""+"", OR, NOT and ""-"" as Boolean operators(Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS).

The OR operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching document if either of the terms exist in a document. This is equivalent to a union using sets. The symbol || can be used in place of the word OR.

To search for documents that contain either ""another book"" or just ""another"" use the query:

""another book"" another

or

""another book"" OR another

AND

The AND operator matches documents where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single document. This is equivalent to an intersection using sets. The symbol && can be used in place of the word AND.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" and ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" AND ""Some Book""

+

The ""+"" or required operator requires that the term after the ""+"" symbol exist somewhere in a the field of a single document.

To search for documents that must contain ""another"" and may contain ""search"" use the query:

+another search

NOT

The NOT operator excludes documents that contain the term after NOT. This is equivalent to a difference using sets. The symbol ! can be used in place of the word NOT.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" NOT ""Some Book""

-

The ""-"" or prohibit operator excludes documents that contain the term after the ""-"" symbol.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" -""Some Book""

Fuzzy Searches

We support fuzzy searches based on the Levenshtein Distance, or Edit Distance algorithm. To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Single word Term. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to ""roam"" use the fuzzy search:

roam~

This search will find terms like foam and roams.

An additional (optional) parameter can specify the required similarity. The value is between 0 and 1, with a value closer to 1 only terms with a higher similarity will be matched. For example:

roam~0.8

The default that is used if the parameter is not given is 0.5.

Grouping

We support using parentheses to group clauses to form sub queries. This can be very useful if you want to control the boolean logic for a query.

To search for either ""another"" or ""book"" and ""website"" use the query:

(another OR book) AND website

This eliminates any confusion and makes sure you that website must exist and either term another or book may exist.

Escaping Special Characters

We support escaping special characters that are part of the query syntax. The current list special characters are:

+ - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ "" ~ * ? : \

To escape these character use the \ before the character. For example to search for (1+1):2 use the query:

\(1\+1\)\:2

Boosting a Term

We provide the relevance level of matching documents based on the terms found. To boost a term use the caret, ""^"", symbol with a boost factor (a number) at the end of the term you are searching. The higher the boost factor, the more relevant the term will be.

Boosting allows you to control the relevance of a document by boosting its term. For example, if you are searching for

another book

and you want the term ""another"" to be more relevant boost it using the ^ symbol along with the boost factor next to the term. You would type:

another^4 book

This will make documents with the term another appear more relevant. You can also boost Phrase Terms as in the example:

""another book""^4 ""Some Book""

By default, the boost factor is 1. Although the boost factor must be positive, it can be less than 1 (e.g. 0.2)

Proximity Searches

We support finding words are a within a specific distance away. To do a proximity search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Phrase. For example to search for a ""book"" and ""another"" within 10 words of each other in a document use the search:

""another book""~10
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BALLYMALOE COOKBOOK

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ISBN/EAN: 9780717161805
In 2014, Myrtle Allen will celebrate her nintieth birthday and Ballymaloe House will celebrate fifty years open to the public. This new edition of The Ballymaloe Cookbook, first published in 1977, marks the occasion.
Publisher: Gill
Pub. Date: May 2 2014
Author: Allen, Myrtle
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Good Food in Cork: A Guide to Local Producers: 2006-2007

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ISBN/EAN: 9780955345807
Publisher: Caroline Workman
Pub. Date: July 27 2006
Author: Allen, Myrtle
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Time of End: Millenarian Beliefs in Ulster

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ISBN/EAN: 9780953960422
Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation
Pub. Date: November 30 2000
Author: Hill, Myrtle
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Constructing Alice

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ISBN/EAN: 9781096649571
To the casual observer Alice Dalton’s life might have seemed idyllic. But in the quiet of her middle class Dublin home she lived her life with a damaged mother, an authoritarian father, rebellious brothers and warring sisters. In a bitterly divided country that is tearing itself apart, Alice’s pursuit of independence, identity and love takes her on a perilous journey through attraction, hypocrisy, courtship, and intolerance.Alice Dalton is a headstrong middle-class young Catholic woman who is determined to live life as she chooses. George Gilbert is a working class Protestant who loves his family and wants nothing more than to play his music. When Alice and George fall in love, they are thrust into a world of religious intolerance and social discrimination. Alice must combat alienation and exclusion while George fights prejudice, intolerance and the stigma of serious illness. Constructing Alice is a deeply affecting story of love against all the odds.
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Author: ALLEN, CECIL
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Foster's Book of Irish Murder

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848407435
Allen Foster returns with some of Ireland’s most infamous and lesser-known murders in history. From Bridget Cleary and Patrick Dunphy (the oldest man to be executed in Britain or Ireland), to the Sherlock Holmes-like investigation into the death of WWII veteran James McParland, the tragic case of Lily Dotie, and many more!

Foster’s Book of Irish Murder is full of victims and monsters, heroic detectives and false leads, killers escaping justice and mysterious unsolved cases.
Publisher: New Island Books
Pub. Date: June 5 2019
Author: FOSTER, ALLEN
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