Auckland Libraries: Kura help

Heritage collections

Kura help

You can now find many of the Auckland Libraries’ heritage databases in Kura Heritage Collections Online. Here is some helpful information on how to browse and search in Kura.

Collections that have moved

Here is a list of databases and which collections contain them now in Kura:


Browsing the collections

On the Kura Heritage Collections Online homepage, you can click on any of the collections.

You can also click ‘Browse’ on the menu bar at the top of the page. Collections will then be listed on the left side of the page. Tick or untick the boxes next to the collections to expand or limit the results you want to view.

Click ‘Apply’. 



Simple search

There is a search box at the top right corner of every page in Kura. The search function uses all the terms you entered. For example, if you enter “Takapuna beach”, it will search for records that have both “Takapuna” and “beach”.

Once you have entered your search term, you can widen or narrow down your search using the filters on the left-hand menu. Tick or untick the boxes next to the collections to expand or limit the results you want to view. Click 'Apply'. 

You can narrow your search further by selecting other available filters on the left side of the page such as 'Format', 'Decade' or 'Location'. 

You can also search within a collection by clicking on the collection on the Kura homepage and then entering your search term. 

Spelling can affect the search results. For example, searching for “road” or “rd” will bring up different results. Try using different search terms to find what you are after.  

Tip

You can choose what order the search results are presented by using the dropdown menu at the top of the page, e.g. Date (Ascending).

Advanced search

The advanced search allows you to build a more complex search query. 

At the top of every page on Kura is an 'Advanced Search' link under the search box. Enter your search term and click 'Search'. By default, it will search across all the collections. 

For a narrower search, tick or untick the boxes next to the collections to expand or limit the results you want to view. Click 'Apply' before entering your search term.  Click 'Search'. 

All fields selection

Use the ‘All fields’ drop down menu if you want to choose which field will be searched. For example, if you select ‘Title’, your search term will be searched through the titles of records. If you select ‘Subject’, your search term will be searched through the subjects of records.

All of the words selection

You can apply a search rule on your search by selecting from the 'All of the words' drop down menu. 

  • 'All of the words' - looks for records that contain all of the words in your search term (in any order). If you enter 'Takapuna beach', it will search for records that have 'Takapuna' and 'beach'.
  • 'Any of the words' - looks for records that contain any of the words in your search term. If you enter 'Takapuna beach', it will search for records that have 'Takapuna' or 'beach'. 
  • 'Exact phrase' - looks for records that contain the words in your search term in the exact order you used. If you enter 'Auckland port', it will search for records that have 'Auckland port', not 'port Auckland'.
  • 'None of the words' - useful for a wide search where you want to exclude records that contain particular words. If you enter 'Auckland' into the search term field, and add another search field to enter 'port' and select 'None of the words', it will search for records that have 'Auckland' but exclude any 'Auckland' records that have 'port'. 

Add row

For complex searches, make use of the 'Add Row' function. This is helpful when you want to use multiple search terms and apply different search rules on them. You can have a maximum of four rows of search terms.

Enter date

You can choose to search for records on, after, before or between dates. Use the DD/MM/YYYY format.

New search

Click the 'Clear’ button to start a new advanced search.


Wildcard search

To do a wildcard search, enter a search term in the search box or advanced search, and add an asterisk (*) in the middle or end of your term to look for variations.

For example, if you enter 'migra*', it will search for records that contain 'migra' with all possible endings, such as 'migrating', 'migration', 'migrant' or 'migrated'. 

If you enter 'Eli*beth', it will include the variations 'Elisabeth' and 'Elizabeth'. 





Auckland Libraries:Kura help How to browse and search Auckland Libraries' Kura Heritage Collections Online