The OECD Online Bookshop offers two types of search methods: quick search and advanced search.
Using the drop-down menus, the quick search can be done by ‘Title’ or ‘Keywords’. Searches with more than one keyword use by default the Boolean operator ‘AND’. You can use a different operator between the keywords, if you wish. (Please see below for more help on Boolean operators).
Clicking on “Advanced Search” will bring you to the Advanced Search page to launch a detailed, multi-criteria search.
Title, Author and co-editors, ISBN/ISSN, All fields in catalogue
Boolean operators to the right allow you to refine your search. (Please see below for more help on Boolean operators).
Note: ‘All fields in catalogue’ searches in ‘Title’ and ‘Author and co-editors’, as well as the texts and abstracts of the publications.
If you would like to search in more than one language, press and hold the control key: ‘Ctrl’ and choose the desired languages.
If you would like to search in more than one availability status, press and hold the control key: ‘Ctrl’ and choose the desired availability status.
If you would like to search in more than one theme, press and hold the control key: ‘Ctrl’ and choose the desired themes.
The OECD offers hundreds of publication summaries in different languages. These summaries are available for free as an E-book (PDF format).
Checking this box allows for ‘stem searching’. Ex. If you enter ‘Austral’, the results will search on ‘Australia’ and ‘Australian’.
Both the Quick and Advanced Search facilities use the established "Boolean" operators, the most common of which are listed and explained below:
e.g. economics AND development
The search engine will list all instances where both the words economic and development appear. It will not list those instances which contain only one of the words.
e.g. economics OR development
The search engine will list all instances where either the word economics or the word development, or both words appear.
e.g. economics NOT development
The search engine will list all instances where the word economics appears, except for those instances which also contain the word development.
e.g. "economic development in Asia"
The search engine will only list instances where the characters between the quotation marks are matched exactly.
e.g. (economics or development) and "Asia"
The search engine will evaluate the expression inside the parentheses before combining any Boolean operators outside the parentheses. This example is evaluated the same as: (economics and "Asia") or (development and "Asia").
The asterisk is a standard wildcard. The search engine will list instances that contain any word beginning with the characters "global". This would include the word "global" as well as globalise, globalisation, globalised, and so on.