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Tips on Simple Search (Find)

Simple search found on the top-banner or at the document catalogue (or listing) is meant for simple and quick searches. It is never meant to be as specific and accurate as Advanced Search.

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At Document Catalogue (or Listing)

Catalogue Search

The default nature of simple search is that it searches the 'exact' search string typed by users. It also defaults to search by relevance (score) as dictated by the database full-text search engine. Users are allowed to use a right-sided wildcard * to expand beyond the search string. The search will ignore (drop) any leading and trailing spaces (and tabs) in the given search string. A minimum of 3 chars is required to perform a search.

Simple search will automatically search into Title, Abstract and MS Number meta-data fields of documents even though Abstract data is never shown in the found listing.

 

For examples:

halal food’ will search (by default) for the exact phrase and will not find documents with separate ‘halal’ or ‘food’ word.

halal*’ will search for documents with the word ‘halal’ or ‘halalan’ or  ‘halal food’ and so forth.

MS 1’ will search (by default) for the exact phrase and will not find ‘MS 12345:2006’ document. If users intend to search for ‘MS 1:1996’, we recommend to search by ‘MS 1:’ using the MS Number filter in Advanced Search instead.


The relevance (score) when checked will sort results based on the frequency of occurance of the search string (or words) in each document result. A document with the word ‘halal’ occuring more than once will more likely be found at the top.

 

 

Tips on Advanced Search

The advanced search offers more specific, extended and accurate searches based on the search filter and option combinations.

Advanced Search

 

The advanced search is divided into two types of search, namely Keywords and Specific Fields.

Keywords search is similar to simple search but it offers the option to search by All Words or Any Words in addition to by Phrase (the default). When the search string has more than one word and all words is selected, it will search for documents with all the words present together. When any words is selected, it will search for documents with any of the words present. Keywords search does not allow right-sided wildcard *.

 

For examples:

halal food’ will search (by default) for the exact phrase and will not find documents with separate ‘halal’ or ‘food’ word.

halal food’ with All Words selected will search for documents with both ‘halal’ and ‘food’ words present.

halal food’ with Any Words selected will search for documents with either ‘halal’ or ‘food’ word present.

halal food*’ with right-sided wildcard * is not allowed and will be ignored.

 

Specific Fields allows the search by any combination of the available fields as shown above. Moreover, users can concatenate search field strings by AND or OR boolean, and choose the sort direction for each field.

 

For examples:

MS No = ‘MS 1’ with AND selected and Year = ‘2004’ will search documents with ‘MS 1’ and ‘2004’ together.

MS No = ‘MS 1’ with OR selected and Year = ‘2004’ will search documents with either ‘MS 1’ or ‘2004’.

MS No = ‘MS 1’ with DESCENDING sort and Year = ‘2004’ with ASCENDING sort will list documents with MS Number sorted by descending order and then, Year by ascending order. When users click on Title header to sort on the result listing, Title will be sorted first before MS Number and Year.

 

A minimum of 3 chars is required for each search field.

 

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