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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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What Shall I Draw

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746020241

An activity book focusing on drawing. Each activity uses quick and easy techniques designed for short attention spans and little fingers. There are illustrations and step-by-step instructions.
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pub. Date: November 1 1994
Format: Paperback
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Big Book of Things to Do

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746053003

A learning activity book bursting with original, yet simple ideas for things to make and do. Easy to follow step-by-step picture instructions are included to encourage children to complete these projects with impressive results.
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Pub. Date: May 30 2003
Format: Paperback
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Big Book of Things to Spot

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746053010

A bright, busy book with pictures of over 4,000 things to spot, helping children develop skills in reading, counting, matching and identification. This bumper edition contains the following Usborne 1001 Things To Spot titles: Animals, Town, Farm and Long Ago.
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pub. Date: October 25 2002
Format: Paperback
Availability: Delivery usually within 5-10 working days
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Fairy Things to Make and Do

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746056677

This volume should stimulate the imagination of every fairy-adoring little girl, as it includes easy fairy projects in one activity book. It covers dressing-up ideas including fairy wings and flower petal skirts, to craft projects and fun presents to make.
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pub. Date: August 1 2003
Author: Gilpin, Rebecca
Format: Other printed item
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Little Book of Children's Poems

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746056882

Designed for young children using rhymes that they will remember, this book is a useful introduction to the world of poetry. It includes a mixture of traditional and more contemporary poems to inspire the imagination, which are accompanied by detailed, colourful illustrations.
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Pub. Date: May 30 2003
Format: Hardback
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First Hundred Words in German

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746058220

This first words book provides children with plenty to look at and talk about, helping to foster word recognition in German. It includes new German spellings following the German Spelling Reform and a phonetic guide to German pronunciation.
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pub. Date: August 29 2003
Author: Amery, Heather
Format: Hardback
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Look and Say Farm

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746058688

Specially designed for the very young, this lively, chunky board book will improve a child's vocabulary and early word-recognition skills.
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pub. Date: February 1 2004
Author: Brooks, Felicity
Format: Hardback
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That's Not My Fairy

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746062609

A touchy-feely board book with simple, repetitive text, tactile patches and bold illustrations suitable for babies and toddlers. A little white mouse appears on every page, for children to spot.
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pub. Date: July 30 2004
Author: Watt, Fiona
Format: Board book
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Around the World in Eighty Days

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746063026

The classic tale of Phileas Fogg and his quest to travel around the world in just eighty days, specially retold as part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pub. Date: June 25 2004
Author: Verne, Jules
Format: Hardback
Availability: 10 – 99 copies in stock
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ISBN/EAN: 9780746063040
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pub. Date: January 28 2005
Author: Amery, Heather
Format: Paperback
Availability: 10 – 99 copies in stock
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