The search engine supports most common search operators, including full Boolean searching. The same principles of searching apply here as they do in most common search engines.
You may use Basic Search, to search for a term in any area of the site’s Web pages, or Advanced Search which allows you to refine your search in the following manner:
· Search by title: Looks for the term in the title of a site’s page.
· Abstract: Looks for the term within the pages’ Abstract (a blurb about the document that may or may not be visible on the site).
· Content: Looks for the word or phrase within the content of the site’s pages.
Here are some basic tips to help you maximize the effectiveness of your search:
· When you only want results that include an exact phrase use single quotation marks around your search terms. ‘advanced nursing’ ‘nursing students’.
· The Boolean OR command is used to allow any of the specified search terms to be present. It can also be described as a Match Any search. A search using the terms nursing OR advanced will produce results for BOTH terms separately as well as documents that use the term together.
· The Boolean AND command is used to require that all search terms be present in the search results. It can also be described as a Match All search. A search using the terms nursing AND advanced will ONLY produce results showing both terms together.
· The Boolean NOT command is used to require that a particular search term NOT be present in the results. It can also be described as an Exclude search. A search using the terms nursing NOT advanced will produce a search for all nursing related documents EXCEPT those that involve advanced nursing.