The Simple search option provides
a quick method for retrieving records. It is very useful for users who
have no experience with databases. It allows you to search the database
with a single term (one word) in a straight forward manner.
Do a Search
- Type a term you wish to search,
- If more than one term is use, separate each with semi
colon (;) then select the AND/OR operator to apply (if you wish to search
for a phrase, see phrase searching below).
- Click the Search button (do not press the Enter key)
- Records that meet your criteria are displayed.
- Select by clicking the record of your choice to display
the bibliographic details.
The term you specify in the search box will be queried in all fields of
each records in the database, particularly: Title, Author, Notes, Subject
and Abstract fields.
If the box "Exact match of words"
is not activated, each term is treated as a stem or right truncated. For
example, if you use the word "medic" as your search term,
the system will retrieve all word variations such as: medical, medicament,
medicant, medication, medicare, medicinal, medicine including their
The system will ignore the letter case - you may enter the field values
in either upper or lower case.
An author mabe queried using the Simple search option. Entry format should
be "Surname Inititials" (i.e. "Villanueva
if you enter "villanueva"
without initials, the system will retrive all "Villanueva's"
as the term is treated as stem or right truncated.
of Research Paper
You can only search the first 35 characters of the title of a research
paper (inluding spaces). If you know the exact title, type the first few
words and make sure to include the initial article (A, An, The) if there
is any. You cannot search a phrase at the middle of the title.
You can search the standard abbreviated jounal title where the research
paper was published (i.e. Philipp J Intern Med)
Phrase searching is limted only to samples discussed when searching Titles
and Authors. You cannot search a phrase at the middle
of a field. Use logical operators between words when searching more than
Any word or combinations of keywords can be searched, provided you separate
each word with semi-colon (;) then select the logical operator
in the AND/OR combo box.
The basic system logical operators symbols can be used:
+ (plus) - for
- for AND
^ (caret) - for
|Either word or both
(Example: water + soil)
(Example: water * soil)
word but not another word.
(Example: mercury ^ planet)
- If search box contains logical operators, the combo box
selection AND/OR does not change them.
- If more than one logical operators were used, the query
is evaluated from left-to-right order.
If you are not sure which terms to be used in your search, use the LIST
button. If you press the List button next to an empty search box, the
system will display all available terms (group of 20) from the database
in alphabetical order. If, however, you enter into the search box the
initial letter/s of a term or its stem, the system will display the list
starting from the stem word (or the next nearest one). You can now select
a number of terms from the displayed dictionary, click "Select"
and you will return to the search screen.
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