Add a true "exact" search to Advanced search type
The available search types do not include a true "exact" search, where the results inlcude the query term(s) and only the query term(s). This type of search is very useful for one-word queries, especially when it is a common word. Using "begins with" in these situations can still result in dozens of results. We can construct a search, but it's not something the average user would know how to do, e.g.:
Title begins with intervention
Title begins with intervention?
This is a convoluted construction, and we'd prefer a true "is exactly" search type.
The option to perform a search with a new "Equals exact phrase" operator will be available in May 2023 release in Primo VE.
Martha Gunnarson commented
Please add for VE as well, and Alma, while you are at it!
Stacey van Groll commented
We have also noted this undesirable behaviour, of Advanced Search ‘exact phrase’ also including metadata outside the specified phrase.
As an example, if I choose to do an Author/Creator search by exact phrase for: Marshall Green
I expect to see results returned where the search PNX creatorcontrib fields have precisely just: Marshall Green
Instead, I also see additional results such as: Lydia Marshall Green
<creatorcontrib>Green, Lydia Marshall</creatorcontrib>
<contributor>Lydia Marshall Green (Firm) (Corporate Author)</contributor>
The OLH describes the exact phrase search as follows:
"is (exact) – Returns results that contain phrases that exactly match the phrases specified in the query."
This means that currently ‘exact phrase’ is behaving as described and this is not a bug, but I believe that users actually expect the behaviour to be as follows:
"is (exact) – Returns results that contain phrases that exactly match the phrases specified in the query, and only those phrases."
Andrew Welch commented
I should add that we would like this functionality in both the classic UI and new UI.