- Type words that must appear in the field(s) being searched
- Click the Search button
- Records that meet your criteria are displayed as a report
Type the word(s) you want to find (computer software research). Additional options:
To find Type Example variations of a word (computer, computing, computation) the beginning of the word followed by * comput* words together, in order a phrase within quotes "computer software" either word (or both) OR between the words computer OR software both words, anywhere the words separated by a space computer software one word but not another word space-hyphen immediately before the word to exclude computer -software words near each other
(within a specified number of words)
wN between the words,
where N is the number of words
computer w5 software words near each other in order
(preceding within a specified number of words)
pN between the words,
where N is the number of words
computer p5 software
The query is evaluated in left-to-right order. For example, red white OR blue finds items that contain "red" and "white", as well as items that contain "blue". Use parentheses to control evaluation order: For example, red (white OR blue) finds items that contain "red" and "white", as well as items that contain "red" and "blue".
Type a full or partial date in any acceptable format. See some examples below. If there are spaces or slashes within the date, enclose it in quotes.
"Dec 31, 2006"
To find all dates or numbers within a specified range, separate the dates or numbers with a colon (no spaces). If partial dates are used, the range includes all dates from the beginning of the first date to the end of the second. Examples:
1997:1998 returns all dates from Jan. 1, 1997 through Dec. 31, 1998 (inclusive) "March 2005":"April 2005" returns all dates from March 1, 2005 through April 30, 2005 (inclusive)
Note that the second example above will not work in a query box that also searches text fields, because the first term, while chronologically before the second, is alphabetically AFTER the second, and will trigger an error. In this situation, use a numeric date format with the year appearing first, for example:
To clear query criteria, click the Reset button on the search screen.
To start your search, click the Submit Query button.
Some fields have an arrow at end of field:
- Click on arrow to display a list of terms to choose from
- Click on one term (you can only search on one term from the list at a time) to enter it into the search box
- Click on the Search button to start your search
To make searching the textbase easier, you can use the "Browse Terms" buttons to add index entries into boxes on the Web query page.
The "Browse Terms" button shows the Term or Word index for the first field searched by the box. Entries in the "Browse Terms" browser are actual indexed entries from the textbase for that field. If a box contains more than one field, you can select the field whose index you want to see from the drop-down list.
If a field in the search box has both a Term and Word index, you can specify which you want to view by selecting the Terms List or Words List option button.
- Scroll through the list of choices, or type one or more characters in the Find box and click the Find button if one is available
- Select one or more items from the list, then click the appropriate button:
- Add. Adds the selected entry into the selected box on the page. If the box already contains information, the entry is added as a new entry at the end of the field
- Replace All. Replaces any content in the selected box on the edit page with the selected entry
- Click Close to exit Browse Terms
NOTE: The default action is to combine multiple pasted search terms with OR. This is normally what you want to happen. If you would like all the pasted terms to be present in your search, simply delete the word OR from the search box.
An empty box embedded in the banner at top of screen. Searches on the following fields : Title, Personal author, Organisation, Subject, Subject country, Year, Document type, Publisher, Abstract, Journal title, Notes, ISBN and ISSN.See Search using your own words/terms
Allows you to search on just one field or a combination of fields, using the AND / OR / NOT drop-down options to combine fields.
Searches on the same fields as Quick search : Title, Personal author, Organisation, Subject, Subject country, Year, Document type, Publisher, Abstract, Journal title, Notes, ISBN and ISSN.
Searches for personal authors of documents
In earlier records authors have been listed with first name initials only, rather than full first names. E.g. “Smith J”, rather than “Smith John”. Therefore best option is to use * to find all publications by that author. Also, because this is a phrase search, enclose term in inverted commas, i.e. “Smith J*”. Option here of Search using your own words/terms or Use 'Browse Terms' buttons
This field searches on Author (where author is a corporate body). In many cases the corporate author will also be the publisher.
Searches for the category of publication, e.g. journal article, government report.
Searches for the geographic area a document is about. Please note this does not necessarily coincide with the country from which the document originated.
Searches for geographic areas larger than countries will not locate documents from their individual countries. E.g. a search for Africa will identify documents about Africa in general. To find documents dealing specifically with, for example, Botswana or South Africa, you need to search on these areas. See Select terms from drop-down menus
To limit your results to online documents only, tick the ‘Online documents only’ box at foot of screen.
Some canned searches that provide a quick way to search for documents about particular geographic areas : states of Australia, countries, larger geographic areas.
3 options available here:
- Enter your own search terms into box provided
- Or, browse through a complete list of organisations (authors that are corporate bodies) and select the one you want
- Or, click on one of the canned searches to organisations with many publications in the research bank
Searches for all the articles in the research bank from a particular journal. Either enter your own search terms into box provided, or, browse through a complete list of journal titles.
You can also combine your journal title search with a keyword search.
Documents in the research bank are available in a variety of ways:
Many can be downloaded at no cost from the publisher website. In this case a hyperlinkis included in the record for the item. (Sometimes free access will only be available to members of subscribing institutions that have enabled online access via IP address recognition or password.)
Other articles can be purchased from online vendors, including the Complete Article Service of ACER's Cunningham Library, or directly from the publisher. In these cases a hyperlink is included in the record for the item.
Most documents not available online can be obtained from the Document Supply Service of ACER's Cunningham Library. Please discuss with your librarian or contact firstname.lastname@example.org at Cunningham Library. Also, the Cunningham Library offers individual and institutional Membership Services suitable for those working in distance education.
Theses, unless available electronically, can only be obtained from the awarding institution. Please contact the university to discuss access options. Your own institutional library may assist you in obtaining a copy.
Use the ‘Choose display format’ drop-down menu at the top of screen to sort your results. The default display is by year (most recent first) and then, alphabetically by title. You can choose to sort results in Year, Title or Author order. You can also choose to view records in full rather than in brief format.
The personal authors and subjects listed in the record are live links to other records in the research bank by those authors, and on those subjects.
Click on the ‘Add to folder’ button adjacent to each record you want to save.
To view the contents of your folder, click on the ‘View folder’ icon at top of screen. Records will be displayed and can be removed from your folder using the ‘Remove’ button adjacent to each record.
To delete a folder, click on the ‘Clear folder’ button at the top of the screen.
- View the contents of your folder.
- Use the buttons across the top of screen to email the records, save them as a PDF document, print, or export them to EndNote.
If you are having trouble with a search, some of the most common problems are listed below. If you do not find an answer to your problem here, see WEB_MSG.HTM, which lists error messages in alphabetical order.
You see a message "Unable to recognize as a correctly formed query."
The program cannot understand the search criteria. Possible problems include:
- Typographical errors
- Mismatched quotes or parentheses
- Misuse of significant punctuation, such as " - " before a word to exclude instead of " -" (note the extra space in the first example), or spaces around the colon in a range search
If you cannot determine what caused the error, try a simpler search (for example, just a few words in a box) to see if it works. If even simple searches do not work, contact the Webmaster for the site.
You see a message like "Range operation is incorrect because 'may-2006' is not less than 'jun-2006'. "
A range search is performed between two terms separated by a colon. If you are not attempting to do a range search, omit the colon or surround the term with quotes. Example:
This message may also appear if you entered a date range search in a box that also searches text fields, and while the first date may precede the second chronologically, it does not precede it alphabetically. Use a numeric format instead. Examples:
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