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Finding a record

The repository supports browsing and searching of its content in a variety of ways –

Quick Search

Quick search enables you to search all keywords from any field, and has many advanced features, such phrase searching, the ability to use wild cards, truncate, proximity searching, searching ranges of data, fuzzy searches, specific field searches and Boolean logic.

  • Phrase search : use the phrase within quotations e.g. "My universe is here"
  • Wildcards/truncation : use the * instead of a letter as a wildcard, or at the end of a word for truncation e.g. wom*n to retrieve woman or women, practic* to retrieve practice, practices, practical.
  • Proximity : use ~N to indicate the number of words that may intervene between two search terms e.g. "benefits vegetarian"~8 will retrieve Benefits and barriers to the consumption of a vegetarian diet in Australia and Factors associated with the belief that vegetarian diets provide health benefits
  • Range : use [TO] to enclose a range that you wish to search e.g [0601 TO 0603] will retrieve all items with the Field of research 0601, 0602 or 0603
  • Fuzzy searching: use the ~ at the end of a word but beware: bread~ retrieves reading, read, bream... use with care!
  • Specific field searches : use the name of the field. See Quick search box help.
  • Boolean logic : use AND, OR or NOT to specify inclusion or exemption of terms from a search e.g.
    • Income AND tax retrieves Concise income tax, and Impact of the new business tax system (alienation of personal services income) Act 2000.
    • Income NOT tax retrieves titles without the word tax such as Traffic fatalities: does income inequity create an externality?
    • Income OR tax retrieves titles with either word or both words included

A quick search box is provided from the home page and on each browse and results page –

Quick search box

Advanced Search

Full search options are available from Advanced Search. This is accessible from either the Search tab across DRO or the Advanced search link on the home page.

Advanced search links

Enter information or select an option in the fields you wish to search. Use the Control key to choose multiple terms from a single drop down box or to deselect existing options. Use the Control key and click to deselect any term.
The default search operator when searching multiple fields is AND. If you prefer, choose OR instead from the Choose operator to combine search criteria fields box, at the bottom of the screen.

Advanced search options

Search options available are:

  • All Fields: searching words from all fields.
  • Deakin staff member: searches across all variations of a Deakin author's name. Choose one or more names from the dropdown list of Deakin authors, selecting Any of or All of as appropriate. (The number to the right of the name is the person's DRO ID key.) If the name you require doesn't appear in the list, use the Person field instead.
  • Person: searches for authors, editors, creators and contributors. Use format: Lastname, Firstname.
  • Organisation: searches for institutions, conferences and other corporate entities.
  • ID number: searches for any identifier, e.g. ISSN, ISBN, grant or patent numbers, or local IDs.
  • Source: searches using the name of the the "parent", e.g. journal name, conference name, proceedings titles.
  • Publisher: searches for publishers. To optimise retrieval, use a minimal search term, e.g. "wiley", not "john wiley".
  • Collection: searches for resources within specified collections. Choose from Any of or All of as appropriate, and use the Control key to make multiple selections.
  • Document type: searches for resources of a specific document type. Choose from Any of or All of as appropriate, and use the Control key to make multiple selections.
  • Subject: searches words and numbers included in the ANZSRC Field of Research code.
  • Publication date: restricts searches by date.
  • Published?: restricts search to resources with a specific "published" status.
  • Peer reviewed?: check if you wish to search only peer-reviewed resources.
  • Research category: restricts search to HERDC research categories.


Browse link

Two sets of Browse options are available –

Browsing is accessible from any point in DRO via the Browse tab in the top of the screen (see below). You can browse by author, subject or collection (i.e. school or centre) or browse recent works by a faculty.

  • Author or subject browse: Author browse allows you to browse using the form of name on the actual publication. To search all the works of a single Deakin author it is better to search Deakin staff from the Advanced search screen. The Subject options provides for the selection of ANZSRC Fields of research. Subject words should be searched as keywords in the quick search box.
  • Community/collection browse You must choose between Deakin University Research or one of the other communities that DRO supports. The collections within Deakin University Research community follow the names of Deakin University faculties, administrative units and schools. Past and current names are used. Research material is described under the name of the school etc. at the time of publication. Notes are provided to lead users through a change of name.
  • Recent papers by xxx Faculty; You can browse a selection of papers by one of Deakin University's four faculties.

Display of results


You may sort records in a variety of ways, such as title, number of downloads of attached material or date, in ascending or descending order.


You may also choose to display results in a number of output styles from the drop down box, including

  • RSS feeds
  • Excel file
  • Export for Endnote (see for an EndNote filter)
  • HTML code (to paste into a Java enabled web page)
  • Word document.

For more information on all export options see Using records from Deakin Research Online

Results display options

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