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    Help With Searching On QSpace

      What is searched when you do either a Quick Search or an Advanced Search?

      The word(s) you enter in the search boxes will be searched against the full-text of all documents in QSpace, as well as against the title, author, subject abstract, series, sponsor, and identifier fields of each document's "descriptor" record.


      To search all of QSpace:

      Use the Search link which appears on the left navigation bar on all QSpace screens. You then have a choice of either the Quick Search or the Advanced Search options.


      To limit your search to a specific community or collection:

      Navigate to the desired community or collection and use the search bar which appears at the top of that page.

      Search box



      FORMATTING YOUR SEARCH TERMS

      In order for the QSpace search engine to interpret your search statement correctly, you must enter your search terms using the following search syntax:

      Exact word match
      You can put a plus (+) sign before a word if it MUST appear in the search result. For instance, in the following search the word "training" is optional, but the word "dog" must be in the result.

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      Phrase search
      To find two or more words as an exact phrase, put quotation marks (") around the phrase.

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      Truncation
      Use an asterisk (*) after a word stem to search for all forms of the word starting with that root, for example:

      Search image 1     will retrieve selects, selector, selectman, selecting.

      Stemming
      The QSpace search engine automatically will expand words with common endings to include plurals, past tenses,... etc.

      Eliminate items with unwanted words
      Put a minus (-) sign before a word if it should not appear in the search results. Alternatively, you can use NOT. This can limit your search to eliminate unwanted hits. For instance, in the search

      Search image 3   or   Search image 4

      you will get items containing the word "training", except those that also contain the word "cat".



      BOOLEAN SEARCHING

      The following Boolean operators can be used to combine terms:

      AND - to limit searches to find items containing all words or phrases combined with this operator, e.g.

      Search image 5   will retrieve all items that contain BOTH the words "cats" and "dogs".

      OR - to enlarge searches to find items containing any of the words or phrases surrounding this operator

      Search image 6    will retrieve all items that contain EITHER the words "cats" or "dogs".

      NOT - to exclude items containing the word following this operator, e.g.

      Search image 4   will retrieve all items that contain the word "training" EXCEPT those also containing the word "cat".

      Use parentheses in the search query to group search terms into sets. The Boolean operators can then be applied to the whole set, e.g.

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      "STOP WORDS" (Terms not Searched)

      The QSpace search engine automatically ignores the following "stop words" (i.e. terms which occur frequently in English but do not add value to a search):

      "a", "and" , "are" , "as" , "at" , "be" , "but" , "by" , "for" , "if" , "in" , "into",

      "is" ,"it" ,"no" , "not" , "of" , "on" , "or" , "such", "the" , "to" , "was"




      ADVANCED SEARCH

      The advanced search page allows you to specify the fields you wish to search, and to combine these searches with the Boolean "and", "or" or "not".

      You can restrict your search to a community by clicking on the arrow to the right of the top box. If you want your search to encompass all of QSpace, leave that box in the default position.

      Then select the field to search in the left hand column and enter the word or phrase you are searching in the right hand column. You can select the Boolean operator to combine searches by clicking on the arrow to the right of the "AND" box.

      Note: You must use the input boxes in order. If you leave the first one blank, your search will not work.




      Technical Note

      QSpace uses the Jakarta Lucene search engine.

 

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