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O’Reilly for Higher Education: Search

A guide to all aspects of O’Reilly for Higher Education including content, searching, and viewing results.

Search form, filters and results page

The search form is available on top of most pages on the O´Reilly platform.

1) By default, Filter by: All is selected. Which means you will be searching for words in texts anywhere in the records. Add a search term, and then click Search. You might get a drop down list with suggested titles that you can click instead clicking the Search button.

Would like to see a complete list of everything available in the database? Simply just click search without adding any search terms. The system will automatically add an asterisk instead.

There are other Filter By options in the menu: Title, Author and Publisher. First, write your search term (word in title, author name, or publisher name). Then select the appropriate filter in the menu. The search will then be activated automatically, no need to press the Search button. You can modify your search terms after the search has been done, if you wish.

2) On top of the search result list you can sort the list by Relevance, Popularity, Rating, Date added or Publication date.
3) You can also use result list filters to limit your results to Formats, Topics, Publishers, Rating or Language.
4) You can put result list items in Playlists.

Search help

The search box also accepts boolean arguments so you can target your search even more precisely. Here are examples showing some operations that are accepted:

  • "Terms in double quotes" – the terms have to be matched in sequence to return results.
  • AND, OR, NOT. The query john OR jon matches documents containing either of the two names. The query java NOT javascript matches documents containing java and not containing javascript.
  • Parentheses ( ) are useful for grouping terms.
  • Prefix a field with a colon (:) to restrict your search to that field:
    • author:C matches authors having the initial “C” in their names (but not books about C).
    • author:"John Smith" matches authors named “John Smith” unless they have a middle name.
    • author:John Smith matches authors called “John” whose books contain the word “Smith” anywhere.
    • publisher:Bantam matches publishers called “Bantam”.
    • publisher:O’Reilly Media Inc (no quotes) matches publishers called “O’Reilly” where "Media" and "Inc" occur anywhere in the same document.
    • title:(chicken soup code) matches titles with all three words chicken, soup, and code. A book titled "Code Soup: when developers play chicken" would match, for example.
    • title:"chicken soup code" matches books with those three words in sequence such as “The Chicken Soup Code Manual”.
    • publisher:O’Reilly text:java matches books published by O’Reilly having “java” in their text.
  • To restrict your search to audio book titles, add (“audio book”) to your search string.