Simple search guide

The simple search is designed to be a "fuzzy" search which means it attempts to understand what you are searching for and provides results which it deems to be most relevant.
The simple search can be accessed by using the Quick e-library search at the top of every page or from the menu (Search >> Simple search)

  • The search engine attempts to work out what you mean with your search query.
  • Spelling suggestions will be offered if you misspell a work
  • There is a synonyms database that will automatically search for common similar spellings of a word or acronyms and full names.

All publications are searched when the simple searched with the simple search.
The Quick e-library search only presents three options "All words", "Any words" or "Exact phrase". The "All words" is equivalent to using the AND boolean operator, "Any words" is equivalent to the OR  operator and the "Exact phrase" is equivalent to enclosing your search phrase in quotation marks.
The simple search provides a few more options. The search results can be limited to content you have permission to access. This works best when you are logged in, otherwise it will only show open access content. The search results can also be limited to just peer-reviewed content or just open access content.
The simple search also allows you to sort the content various ways and to control the number of search results per page.
The relevance of the article is determined by a ranking algorithm. The criteria used to determine the ranking are:

  • Do the search word/s appear in the title
  • Do the search word/s appear in the metadata (subject terms, animal terms, author etc.)
  • Do the search word/s appear in the abstract
  • Do the search word/s appear in the fulltext of the article.
  • How recent is the article