Quick Search, available in the left column of the Titles List page, enables you to select books based on title, author, subject, publisher or ISBN.
Full Text Search is available both from the Menu Bar and in the Title Display window. Search from the Menu Bar searches across all titles.
In the Title Display window, selecting the Search tab in the left hand panel
allows you to search the title that is open. Selecting the Search All enables you to search across all titles in the Electric Book collections.
Using Search All in the Title Display window, will first display a list of titles in which your search term is found. Clicking on any title will display
the synopses of each searchterm instance in that title. You can toggle between Titles found and Search Results by clicking on each element in the title bar.
Most searches can be performed using the
options in the search forms. Using the drop down
selections you can search for an exact match for your
phrase or for all or any of the words in the entry. If you want
a proximity search, enter the words and then choose
the "within 5 words" or "within 20 words"
For example: Treasure Island and Exact Match will
find only the phrase "Treasure Island"
Treasure island and All words will
find titles containing both "treasure" and "island"
Treasure Island and Any words will find titles containing
"treasure" or "island" or both
Treasure Island and within 5 words will find any
instances of "treasure" occurring within 5 words
If you want a field search on title,
author or subject, select the field from the drop down options
and enter the text you want to search for. You can use field
search on its own or in conjunction with any full text search.
Word stem is on as default and means
that a search will find derivatives of the term entered.
For example a search for "talk" will also find
"talking", "talked" and "talks".
Selecting Fuzzy Search will allow
you to search for words which have variant spellings or
may have been misspelled. This is particularly useful where
words have been transliterated from non-Latin alphabets.
The search engine used is
very sophisticated. If you consider that the preset options cannot give you exactly the search functions you require, you can construct your own.
Details of how you can use the more advanced options can be found below. Construct your search term, enter it in the box and click on the Search button.
A full-text search is performed using
what is called a boolean search request. A boolean search
request consists of a group of words
or phrases linked by connectors
such as and and or
that indicate the relationship between them. Examples:
If you use more than one connector, you
should use parentheses to indicate precisely what you want
to search for. For example, Treasure and Island or Adventure
could mean (Treasure and Island) or Adventure, or
it could mean Treasure and (Island or Adventure).
Noise words, such as if and the,
are ignored in searches.
Search terms may include the following
Punctuation inside of a search word is treated
as a space. Thus, can't would be treated as a phrase
consisting of two words: can and t. 1843(c)(8)(ii)
would become 1843 c 8 ii (four words).
gol* would match gold, goldmine,
*cipl* would match principle, participle,
dis? would match dish and disk but
ap*ed would match applied, approved,
Use of the * wildcard character near
the beginning of a word will slow searches somewhat.
The effect of a synonym search depends on
the type of synonym expansion requested on the search form.
full-text Search can expand synonyms using only user-defined
synonym sets, using synonyms from full-text Search's built-in
thesaurus, or using synonyms and related words (such as
antonyms, related categories, etc.) from full-text Search's
To ask full-text Search to search for a
word phonically, put a # in front of the word in your search
request. Examples: #smith, #johnson
You can also check the Phonic searching
box in the search form to enable phonic searching for all
words in your search request. Phonic searching is somewhat
slower than other types of searching and tends to make searches
over-inclusive, so it is usually better to use the # symbol
to do phonic searches selectively.
(apple or banana) and (vine w/5 grape)
would retrieve any document that (1) contained either
apple OR banana, AND (2) contained vine
within 5 words of grape.
(apple w/5 pie) w/10 banana
(apple and pie) w/10 banana
(apple w/10 banana) w/10 (vine and
(apple and banana) w/10 orange tree
If NOT is not the first connector in a request,
you need to use either AND or OR with NOT:
not (apple w/5 sauce)
Numeric range searches only work with positive
integers. A numeric range search includes the upper and
lower bounds (so 12 and 17 would be retrieved
in the above example).
For purposes of numeric range searching,
decimal points and commas are treated as spaces and minus
signs are ignored. For example, -123,456.78 would
be interpreted as: 123 456 78 (three numbers). Using
alphabet customization, the interpretation of punctuation
characters can be changed. For example, if you change the
comma and period from space to ignore, then
123,456.78 would be interpreted as 12345678.