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QuickSearch

To access, click QuickSearch in the menu.
QuickSearch is the easiest way to search for information in a pre-defined set of databases.
  1. Optional. A default is pre-selected for you. You can select from one of the ready-made sets prepared by your institution or you can create and select a list of databases for yourself using the My Databases function in My Space.
    You can click on a set name to display a popup window showing the list of databases that it includes. In this list of databases, you can click Information to display information about this database, or you can click the database name to go to the database’s Web site.
  2. Enter a term in the search box. You can also use the Advanced Search.
  3. Click GO to start the search.
    While MetaLib is searching, the screen is refreshed every few seconds showing its progress in a table listing the databases in which it is searching. This list shows the status of the search and the number of hits found in each database.
    You can click Cancel to stop the search and start again.
    If you do not want the page to be refreshed (for accessibility or other reasons), click the Turn Off Auto Refresh option at the bottom of the page.
    The Status column shows the words Search and link for databases that cannot be shown in the MetaLib Interface. You can click the Jump link to display a database in its native interface.
    Once MetaLib has finished searching, if one or more of the databases can be shown in the MetaLib interface, then the Search Results list is displayed. You can browse through this results list, as described in Search Results. Depending on how your MetaLib system has been configured for you, the results may be displayed immediately or you may have to click View retrieved.
  4. You can now click Search in the menu to do another search.
Note: You can reorder sets created by you via My Databases.

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Advanced Search

The Advanced Search provides more options for specifying the information for which you are searching. It is possible to compose complex search expressions using field specific searches and Boolean logic (using the And, Or and Without operators).
  1. To access the Advanced Search, click the Advanced tab.
  2. Two fields are provided for you to specify the information that you seek.
    Select a field type from the pulldown list on the right of the field.
  3. Enter a term in one or both fields.
  4. If you filled in both fields, specify the relationship (the Boolean term) between the two fields:
    • Select And to specify that the system should search for records containing the term in the top row and the term in the bottom row.
    • Select Or to specify that the system should search for records containing either the term in the top row or the term in the bottom row.
    • Select Without to specify that the system should search for records containing the term in the top row and not containing the term in the bottom row.
  5. Click GO to start the search.
    While MetaLib is searching, its progress is shown in a table listing the databases in which it is searching. This list shows the status of the search in each database, the number of hits found in each, and the number of records fetched into MetaLib. You can click the Cancel option to stop the search and start again.
  6. Once MetaLib has finished searching, it displays the Search Results list. You can then browse through this result list.
  7. You can now click Search in the menu to do another search.

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QuickSearch Results

QuickSearch Results displays the combined results found in all the searched databases that have returned results. It can be displayed in three views: Table View, Brief View and Full View.

Note: If you have authenticated yourself, you can set your preferred view as part of your preferences.

At the top of the results, you can see the term(s) you searched for and the total number of results found.
The results list includes the first results fetched from all the databases that were searched and returned results.
The results are displayed in the order of their relevance to the term you entered. You can change the order of the results by selecting an option in the Sort by field. Sorting is available by author, title, year, and database name, in addition to the default sort by rank.
You can click the MetaSearch link in order to see your search results in the MetaSearch module, where you can view the results per database, refine the search, or save the query for future sessions.
The Summary link enables you to return to the list of resulting databases that was displayed while the QuickSearch was searching.
The Search & Link Results link only appears when some of the databases in the results cannot be displayed in the MetaLib interface. The appearance of this link is an indication that there are more databases that were found than are shown in this window. You can access them by clicking this link and then clicking the Jump link next to the relevant database to view the search results in that database's native interface.

See also

QuickSearch - Browsing Through the Results
Clusters and Facets

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QuickSearch - Browsing Through the Results

Various options are provided to browse through the results, as follows:

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QuickSearch Table View

Table View displays the records in a table, one row for each record. Table View provides the following options:

See also

Clusters and Facets
My Space > eShelf

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QuickSearch Brief View

Brief View provides citation information, in addition to the information provided in the Table View. The Brief View provides the following options:

See also

Clusters and Facets
My Space > eShelf

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QuickSearch Full View

Full View shows all the record’s information. It shows a page for each record and highlights the words you queried.

See also

My Space > eShelf

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