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How to search

Our search engine is very simple to use. Just type any number of words about the product that you're looking for, and the search engine will return all products that match all of the words. The more the words or the more specific the words, the more specific the search.

The words that you enter can be in any order, and can be taken from any part of the product. For example, to find books written by a particular author, just enter the authors name. If you're looking for a particular book by that author, you could add a word or two from the book's title. Of course, if you know the ISBN, you could just search for that.

The search engine does not do word stemming. This means that for example, 'run' is different to 'runs', which is different to 'running'. If the product you're looking for could contain any of a number of variations or alternate spellings of a word, then try individual searches for each variation.

The search engine always searches for products within the selected product tab, which is displayed in the tab list below the search text. You can change the category that will be searched by selecting a different one, or by selecting a sub-category within the browse tree on the left hand side of the page. 

If you can't find what you're looking for, always try searching in a higher level category, as it's possible that it might not be catalogued, or it might be catalogued differently to what you're expecting. If you find a product that is mis-filed, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know about it.

Happy hunting!

Searching tips:

  • You will always search within the category that you are currently looking. Therefore, rather click on the correct product type tab at the top before searching.
  • If you know the ISBN or barcode of the item, type it in exactly with no spaces in between.
  • Try using fewer words, leaving in the most important keywords.  Remember that our search engine will only give you results for all the words you type in.
  • Try taking out any numbers you've typed in (for example '2' or 'two')
  • If you get too many results when searching for the title, also type in an author/artist's name.
  • Books are sometimes missing an author's first name, so try not to include it in your search.
  • To remove a keyword from your search results, insert the word into the search engine with a minus attached to the left of the word (without a space), for example: -keyword .
  • Make sure that you are using the correct spelling.  If you are not sure, type it into Google - usually Google will say "do you mean..." if you did not spell it correctly.
  • If the word you are entering could be one word or two separate words, try both variations.
  • Try changing words such as 'Management' to 'Managing' if you're not sure which version is correct.
  • If you can't find what you are looking for, just send us an email with all the details you have on the item, and we will let you know if it is available. Our email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


How to browse

All products at Loot.co.za are grouped into hierarchical categories. It is possible for one product to belong to several categories. The highest level of categories corresponds with the tabs at the top of the page. 

If you hover your mouse over a high level category, a drop down tab menu containing the relevant sub-categories will appear below the high level category. Clicking on a category in this list will result in the sub-categories within that category being displayed in a navigation tree on the left hand side of the page. By selecting any of the categories in this list, products from the selected category will be displayed on the main part of the page. Products are ordered by popularity with the most popular products being displayed first. By using the See more buttons on the right side of the page, and page numbers and <prev and next> buttons at the bottom of the page, it is possible to page through the products in the category.

Some categories in the navigation tree have more detailed sub-categories. If you click on one that does have sub-categories, the sub-categories will be listed (indented) below the parent category and the list of products displayed on the page will relate to the category that is selected. 

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