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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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Ship of Seven Murders: A True Story of Madness and Murder

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848890367
In 1828, the Mary Russell sailed into Cork Harbour from the West Indies. Seven crewmen lay in the main salon, brutally and inexplicably murdered by the captain. But what really happened? This bizarre tragedy, the dramatic court case and its place in history and folklore are unravelled in this gripping account.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: August 10 2010
Author: HOPKIN, ALANNAH
Format: Paperback
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Loneliest Boy in World: Last Child of Great Blasket

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848892071
Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain was the last child brought up on the Blasket Islands off Ireland's southwest coast. His childhood was unique, as he was the only child on the island, the nearest in age being his uncle who was thirty years older. A 1951 newspaper article described him as 'The Loneliest Boy in the World - he has only seagulls as playmates.'
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: May 15 2014
Author: O CATHAIN, GEAROID CHEAIST
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Geology of Ireland: A Field Guide

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891661
A small country at the western periphery of Europe, Ireland is endowed with a spectacular variety of geology. Detailed 'step-by-step' itineraries are provided, presented in a manner accessible to the non-specialist. An invaluable background resource to plan and execute field-based exercises to any of the classic areas of Irish geology described.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: April 30 2013
Author: MACCARTHY, IVOR
Format: Paperback
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Burren Country - Travels Through an Irish Limestone Landscape

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891173
A hunter and gatherer of information and lore on the Burren, the author ferrets out little known facts and weaves them together. Burren Country celebrates outdoor life and uncovers what the Burren means to writers, painters and musicians who know it intimately.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: May 10 2011
Author: CLEMENTS, PAUL
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Surplus People: From Wicklow to Canada

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848892040
The Great Famine in Ireland was a catastrophe of immense proportions. Landlords, eager to dispose of 'surplus' tenants, engaged in 'assisted passages', whereby tenants were given financial incentives to emigrate. The clearances of uneconomic tenants from the 85,000-acre Coolattin Estate by Lord Fitzwilliam were the most organised in Ireland.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: March 3 2014
Author: REES, JIM
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Tom Crean - An Illustrated Life: Unsung Hero of the Scott & Shackleton Expeditions

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891197
This revised pictorial biography celebrates the life of Tom Crean, a great Irish hero of Antarctic exploration in an age of epics of endurance and survival against the odds. Supported by complementary text, diary extracts and maps plus new information on Tom Crean's life, this is a lasting celebration of a true hero.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: May 10 2011
Author: SMITH, MICHAEL
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Driving the Green: An Irish Golfing Adventure

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891982
Mark Twain had it all wrong: golf is not a good walk spoiled, golf is a journey. When Ireland provides the map it becomes an 11,000km odyssey for one man in a camper van. Ireland's beauty shines through but the people encountered along the way, the golf clubs visited and the idiosyncrasies of a camper van form the fairways on which this story plays
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Pub. Date: May 15 2014
Author: MARKHAM, KEVIN
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GAA: County by County

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891289
People and place, sport and identity tell the story of how the GAA has left an imprint on every Irish county and Irish communities overseas. With a mix of text, images and first-hand accounts from participants in the GAA Oral History project, this provides fascinating insights into why the GAA has developed as it has in different places.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: October 10 2011
Author: CRONIN, MIKE
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Veiled Woman of Achill: Island Outrage & a Playboy Drama

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891470
This is the story of an atrocity on Achill Island in the west of Ireland in 1894. An English landowner, Agnes McDonnell, was brutally attacked and her home - Valley House - burnt. Agnes survived but was so disfigured she wore a veil in public for the rest of her life.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: March 23 2012
Author: BYRNE, PATRICIA
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Hanged for Murder: Irish State Executions

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ISBN/EAN: 9781848891869
Twenty-nine people convicted of murder were hanged by the Irish State: the executions were carried out in Mountjoy by the Pierrepoint family. The last met his fate in 1954 but the often shocking stories of these men and one woman have been largely forgotten. Here, for the first time, are their tragic stories, some in graphic detail.
Publisher: The Collins Press
Pub. Date: September 23 2013
Author: CAREY, TIM
Format: Paperback
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Price: €14.99