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Gwales.com allows users to search for products on-line and order them safely through a secure server. The following subjects are covered in this help page:

Search
Advanced Search
Searching by Title or Author
Publisher
Category and Sub-Category
Description
Language
Age Group and Key Stage
Media Type
Availability
Display Sequence

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Search
To search for a product, type the word/words in the ‘Search’ box and click Go>>, or press Return. 'Search' searches the ISBN, title, author, editor, general editor, illustrator, translator and description fields.

To keep this search facility simple all words are assumed to be separated by an 'and', and no facility exists to create selection lists using 'or'.

Otherwise click ‘Advanced Search’ and follow the following instructions.
Advanced Search
To display information about our products and to check current availability you must enter search data in at least one of the fields shown.

If you wish to place orders you may add products to a Basket, by clicking 'Buy Now' and later confirm your order once you are finished placing products in your Basket.

To identify the product details you wish to add to your Basket it is necessary to know one or more fields of information. If you know the ISBN then this should be entered as it will give an immediate response, but the full ISBN is required. If, however, you are uncertain of the ISBN or wish to order a number of similar titles (e.g. by the same author, containing the same word in the title) you can enter search data into as few or as many selection boxes as you wish.
Searching by Title or Author
The system will allow you to enter as little or as much text in each box as is required to identify the product. The more information you enter the more likely you are to identify the correct title and reduce the size of the selected list. Words can be entered in full or partially, separated by a space.
 
By default the search will assume that you have entered part words within either the Title or Author selection boxes. If you are unsure of the spelling of any words you should enter the beginning part of a word(s). This process will instruct the search matching to assume that each word entered is only a partial word and will only attempt to match against the characters entered followed by a wildcard. For example "stor" will find titles containing story, storm etc. but not history. If you check the 'search full words only' box the search matching process will only match full words.
 
To keep this search facility simple all words are assumed to be separated by an 'and', and no facility exists to create selection lists using 'or'. This means that the search engine will only select products that match each of the full or part words entered as part of the selection.

Search by Author will search the following fields for the name indicated: Author, Translator, Illustrator, Editor and General Editor. A box can be ticked in order to confine the search to Author only.
Publisher
As the Welsh Books Council services a number of publishers who carry similarly worded titles, you may wish to restrict yourself to a specific publisher. By default all publishers' products will be selected but by typing the name of a publisher in the relevant box you may restrict the selection to a single publisher's products.
Category and Sub-Category
You may search for titles by Category and Sub-Category. The letter 'W' following a category or Sub-Category denotes Welsh-language or bilingual items. 'E' denotes English-language items.
Description
The system allows you to search for key words from a book's description.
Language
You may search for Adult or Children's books and specify Welsh, English or bilingual/other in order to narrow the selection.
 
Age Group and Key Stage
Children’s books can be searched for by Age Group and/or Key Stage.
Media Type
Different media formats can also be searched for, such as Paperback or Hardback Books, Electronic Books (eBooks), or DVDs and CDs etc.
Availability
Only those books that are available to buy are shown. If you wish you may repeat the search to include the excluded titles. In addition you can filter the type of results you see in your search preferences.

Also, once you have registered you may change your preferences in order to see all the books every time you search.
Display Sequence
A list of options is provided to allow the search results to be sequenced:
· ISBN
· Title
· Author
· Publication Date (this is the default)

You may also specify the number of titles you wish to see per page.

The search results can be sequenced in either ascending or descending order by selecting the relevant radio button.

Once your criteria have been entered you may click the Search button to create a selection list containing all of the titles that match the criteria. Alternatively you may reset your search parameters by clicking on the New Search button in order to start your search again.