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What is searched?

The word(s) you type in the search boxes will be searched against the title, author, subject, abstract, region, and series fields of each record.

What is not searched?

The search engine ignores certain words (a.k.a. stop words) that occur frequently in the English language, but do not add value to the search. These include “and”, “are”, “as”, “at”, “be”, “by”, “for”, “if”, “in”, “into”, “is”, “it”, “no”, “not”, “of”, “on”, “or”, “such”, “the”, “to”, “was.”

To search all of OAsis

  1. At the top of the sidebar, there is a search box. In this search box, type your search query.
  2. Click the magnifying glass icon to initiate your search. (Figure 5).

browse-fig5_v2To limit your search to a specific community

  1. Navigate to a community, either from the list in the middle of the homepage or via the Communities & Collections link in the sidebar (Figure 6).searching-fig6
  2. The page for that community appears with a search box in the middle of the page that is labelled, “Search within this community and its collections.”
  3. In this search box, type your search query.
  4. Click the Go button to initiate your search (Figure 7).

searching-fig7To limit your search to a specific collection

  1. Navigate to a collection by first going to a community (Figure 6).
  2. The page for a community will have a list called Collections in this community. Select a collection from this list (Figure 8).searching-fig8
  3. The page for that collection appears with a search box in the middle of the page that is labelled, “Search within this collection.”
  4. In this search box, type your search query.
  5. Click the Go button to initiate your search (Figure 9).

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Search Functions

Truncation:

Use an asterisk (*) after a word stem to get all results having words starting with that root.
For example, child* will retrieve records having the terms child, children, childhood, and so on.

Phrase searching:

To search using multiple words as a phrase, put quotation marks (“) around the phrase.
For example, “women leaders” will retrieve only results that have the phrase “women leaders” while women leaders will retrieve only results that have either term or both terms.

Boolean Searching:

The following Boolean operators can be used to combine terms. Note that they must all be CAPITALIZED.

AND – to limit searches so that results will only contain all the words or phrases combined with this operator.
For example, radio AND station will retrieve all results that contain BOTH the words “radio” and “station”

OR – to enlarge searches to find items containing any of the words or phrases surrounding this operator.
For example, technical OR vocational will retrieve all results that contain EITHER the words “technical” or “vocational.”

NOT – to exclude results containing the word following this operator. Alternatively, you can use a minus (-) sign immediately before an unwanted search word.
For example, education NOT higher and education -higher will both retrieve all results that contain the word “education” EXCEPT those that also contain the word “higher.”

Parentheses () – to group search terms into sets, and operators can then be applied to whole sets.
For example, (technical OR vocational) AND (open OR innovative) will search for the following word combinations: technical AND open, technical AND innovative, vocational AND open, vocational AND innovative.

Stemming:

The search engine automatically expands words with common endings to include plurals, past tenses, etc.
For example, age will retrieve results that contain the terms ages, aged, aging, and so on.

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