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.
Basic or Simple
do a quick search
- Type a term you wish to search in an appropriate field.
The system ignores letter case - you may enter the field values in
either upper or lower case.
- If more than one term is used, 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.
Standard or Guided Search Interface
match of word
If the box "Exact match of words"
is not activated, each term is treated as a stem or right truncated. For
example, if you used 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 plural forms.
The sorting method is applied to retrieved records when displayed. Available
sorting options are: Chronologically (newest first); By Author
and By Title. You have to select first the sorting method
before you execute the query.
Options for displaying search results. The "List format" is
the default format in displaying records where minimum informations of
a record is provided. Additional information is provided by the "Short
format" while the "Full format" display all necessary informations
of a record.
The date criteria is used to limit search to particular publication/research
date or range of dates. Type only the year (format: YYYY) when querying.
- Leave out the Date fields to let your query return
records regardless of date.
- From: ____ To:
2008 - the query will return earliest records
- From: 2007 To:
____ - the query will return 2007 records to most current
- From: 2006
To: 2009 - the query will
return records ranging from year 2006 to 2009
List of available databases that you can query. You have the option to
select only the database you wish to query. The default selection is "All"
even if you do not select the "All" option.
The term you specify in a search box will be queried in the appropriate
When you specify your search term in the Keywords search box, all the
fields will be queried particularly the Title, Author, Notes, Subject
and Abstract fields.
An author maybe queried using the Author search box. Entry format should
be "Surname Initials" (no punctuations). Example: Villa
N. If you enter "Villa"
without initials, the system will retrieve also "Villacorta,
Villadolid, Villafuerte" etc., since the term is treated as
stem or right truncated. Alternately, you may activate the "Exact
match of word" to limit your search to "Villa's"
Title of Research Paper
You can only search the first 35 characters of a record, include in
the count spaces and punctuations. 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.
In the Title search box, you can also find the standard abbreviated
jounal title where the research paper was published (i.e. Philipp
J Intern Med).
When searching for subject headings, separate terms with semi-colon
or use the logical operator sysmbols
(i.e. asthma * drug * therapy),
or you may use the system subject headings entries if you are familiar
(i.e. asthma--drug therapy)
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 one term.
Any number of words 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 between terms:
+ (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 more than one field is specified in a search criteria, the system
uses inter-field Boolean "AND".
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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