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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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Blooming Marvellous: A Wildflower Hunter's Year

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893276
Zoe Devlin has viewed her whole life through green-tinted glasses, describing herself as an 'unofficial ambassador for weeds, wasps and wagtails'. Skilfully interweaving her memories with her expertise, each chapter celebrates a particular month, capturing the beauty and joy it has to offer: birds, butterflies, mammals and even tasty recipes.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: September 18 2017
Author: DEVLIN, ZOE
Format: Hardback
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Those of Us Who Must Die: Execution, Exile and Revival After the Easter Rising

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893252
The aftermath of the 1916 Rising is often overlooked, usually covered as a footnote. But it saw the rebirth of the Volunteers and laid the foundations for the War of Independence. Picking up where the authors' acclaimed account of the Rising left off, we join the men and women of the Rising in the dark abyss of defeat.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: September 18 2017
Author: MOLYNEUX, DEREK
Format: Trade PB
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Exploring Ireland's Castles

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893269
In his latest book, Tarquin Blake takes us on a tour of Anglo-Norman fortresses, medieval towers, fortified houses and the neo-Gothic piles of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The castles (including lesser-known gems and luxury hotels) are captured in atmospheric photos and brought to life through the true stories of the families.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: September 18 2017
Author: BLAKE, TARQUIN
Format: Hardback
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Dublin: A New Illustrated History

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893306
Acclaimed historian John Gibney weaves a multitude of tales to explain how the city of Dublin developed, from its origins to the present day. He forms a rich tapestry of the capital's social, political, cultural and architectural past through anecdotes about personalities, goings-on, buildings, literature and song over the centuries.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: October 23 2017
Author: GIBNEY, JOHN
Format: Hardback
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Dublin Bay: Nature and History

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893290
Weaving the strands of history and nature, the authors tell the story of Dublin bay, which has stretched its arms to embrace countless generations of Dubliners: a life support system, an economic asset and an invaluable recreational resource. This explains its importance to the past, present and future of our city and country.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: October 23 2017
Author: NAIRN, RICHARD
Format: Hardback
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We Bled Together: The Squad and the Dublin Brigade

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893313
Michael Collins' development of a formidable intelligence network transformed the military fortunes of the Irish against the British. The Dublin Brigade of the IRA was pivotal to this defining strategy. This is the stirring and poignant story of the human endeavour and suffering at the core of the Dublin Brigade's fight for Irish freedom.
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Pub. Date: October 30 2017
Author: PRICE, DOMINIC
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First Hand: My Life and Irish Football

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893238
This is the inside story of Eoin Hand's time in football, from his start with Swindon Town at eighteen, through playing for Portsmouth and Ireland, to managing the Irish team. Along with anecdotes about top players and managers, he exposes the inner workings of the FAI and assesses its stewardship of Irish football.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: October 23 2017
Author: HAND, EOIN
Format: Trade PB
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Dingle Dinners: From the Chefs of Ireland's #1 Foodie Town

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848893283
What do chefs cook when they have friends and family around for dinner? These irresistible three-course dinners for six blend everyday dining with sophisticated innovation. This imaginative collection shares the warm, good-time feel of Dingle's restaurants.
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Pub. Date: September 29 2017
Author: GLEASON, TREVIS L.
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East of Ireland Walks: On River and Canal

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848892385
River and canal walks can have special appeal, the scenery always changing due to flowing water, weirs, locks and the changing countryside. Lenny Antonelli introduces some of the best river and canal trails in the east and east midlands, from short strolls to a five-day trek along the Barrow.
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Pub. Date: March 1 2015
Author: ANTONELLI, LENNY
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Wild Plants of Burren and Aran Islands: A Field Guide

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848892668
The Burren and the Aran Islands are renowned worldwide for their beautiful wild flowers and plants. Charles Nelson has selected 136 of the most widely occurring plus a number of special plants. Photographs are grouped according to flower colour and pages are colour coded so one can flick to the appropriate section.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: March 21 2016
Author: NELSON, CHARLES
Format: Paperback
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Price: €9.99