Topic: Finding Things

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A look at the different ways of finding things in Kete.


There are a number of different ways to find material in this kete. You can find things by discovery, or you can search for specific material.

The homepage provides these ways to discover material: 

  • browse
  • contents by type
  • latest topics

You can also find material by

  • keyword search
  • tags


By clicking on the browse button from the menu in the top right hand corner of the screen, you will see a list of results. The results are organised by item type - use the tabs to look at the different types of material.

Choose how manyresults to display by choosing from the menu at the end the page.

Keyword Searching

Kete is searched by typing a few words in the keyword search box. To the search the entire kete use the homepage search box, or use the search link from the top right menu.

You can truncate a word if you are not of the spelling or want to include variants on a word; for instance you could enter "peters" if you are now sure whether a name is spelt 'Petersen' or 'Peterson'.

Kete will accept simple boolean operators. This means you can search on a phrase if you place it between quote marks. For example a search on  "Horowhenua College" will only produce results that contain those 2 words together in a phrase, and leave out all the records containing both of these words but not sitting beside each other eg ä Topic containing: "Waiopehu is a college in Horowhenua". You can also use  and  and or  and  not to join phrases together.

Kete uses fuzzy searching. This means that if you misspell a word it will try and find something close. For instance a search on 'polo' will also bring up results for 'pole' because we only had 1 result for 'polo' and you may have meant 'pole'.

View Search Results

Search results are sorted by item or file type, with each item type on its own tab.

To view the results, click on the tab of the item type you want to look at. The number on the tab shows how many records there are of each type.

Each item type will display a list of results which matched your search terms.