Help on Searching:
|Keyword Searching - refers to the ability
to search on any word in a particular field. For example in, "The Days
of Wine and Roses", the word "roses" is the 6th word. However
keyword searches allow a user to search on "roses," and still
retrieve this title.|
|Boolean Operators - And, or,
and not, are the Boolean operators supported in this database. If
it is necessary to do a string search on one of these words acting not as
a Boolean operator, then brackets must be used. For example, "would
not want any political change" will allow search using "not"
in its lexical sense, rather than in its Boolean function. Please note that
"and" is stopworded and cannot be searched in its lexical sense.
- and - example: "boat and food", will return
documents that contain both "boat" and "food".
"And" is the default operator. Therefore a search of "dragon
boat" will return documents with both "dragon" and "boat".
- or - example: "dragon or boat", will return documents
that contain either or both "dragon" or "boat."
- not - example: "boat not dragon," will return
documents that contain "boat" but not "dragon"
|Wildcard Character - The "*"
symbol is wildcarded. Therefore a search on "teach*" will return
documents with "teach," "teachers," "teaching,"
etc. A search on "*view" will return documents with "overview,"
"review," "underview," etc.|
|Case Insensitivity - is used throughout
all the indexes. Therefore searches on "Hong Kong" or "HoNg
kOnG" will retrieve the same results.|
Stopwords - used in this database
are listed below. A search of "I want to be free", would only
actually search on "I want be free". It is also not possible to
search on puctuation, such as periods, hyphens, ampersands, etc.
|Nesting - It is possible to combine
several Boolean operators into one search with parentheses. For example,
"(elections or electioneering) and (China or Taiwan)."|