Literature Search is comprised of two search pages and
two kinds of results page. The two search pages are
Category Search and
Keyword Search and these are used to search the Literature Search database.
The results of any initial search can be seen first as a
brief list of Titles, Authors and the Journals in which the articles appear. From there a more
detailed description of articles
can be viewed.
All articles in the Literature Search database are classified into both general and more specific sub-categories. All records in specific
categories or sub-categories can be viewed by clicking the button next to
each category. Clicking this button initiates a search for all records in
that category or sub-category.
The results are then displayed. The number of
results returned is set at a default maximum value of 25. This can be
changed by setting the "Show __ records per page" choice. A larger number of
records returned on a page means results take longer to appear, so please
Keyword Search finds particular words or phrases within the articles
contained in the Literature Search Database.
Up to three words or phrases can be entered in the spaces provided and, by
specifying in which field and what Boolean operator ("AND", "OR" or "NOT")
to use, sophisticated searches can be constructed in order to find the most
Each phrase can be searched in a specific field or across all fields by
using the choice element labeled "Search In".
For wildcard searches the character * can be used.
To combine phrases into more complex searches, choose "AND", "OR" or "NOT"
from the choices adjacent to the last two text input areas.
For example, if the desired result from the search is "Everything in the database that does not include tuberculosis in the title", enter an "*" in the first text input area, select NOT as the first
Boolean operator, enter tuberculosis in the second text input area, and select
title from the choice options.
Although the results shown as part of Literature Search are in English, it is also possible to search the database by specifying the original language of the article you are looking for.
Changing the year range will
further restrict the search. The default range setting from the year of the earliest
article in the database to the current year.
The maximum number of records returned can be specified, as in
After searching with Keyword Search or Category Search, the Serial Number, Title,
Author and Journal Name of all suitable records are shown. If there are no
suitable records then instructions to redo the search are shown.
At the top of the screen is an indication of the total number of matching
records and those records currently displayed. If there are more
matches than records being shown then the "Next" link at the bottom of the
page can be clicked to see the next set of records. Where appropriate, a
"Previous" link is shown. The full set of records can therefore be seen
using the "Next" and "Previous" links.
There is a check box next to each record's Serial Number. Checking this
check box and clicking the "View Selected Records" button shows the detailed results for that record. Checking more than one check box gives multiple results.
To see full details of all records displayed on the Search Results page
click on the "View All Records" button.
The Detailed Results page shows all information from the Literature
Search database related to the selected records.
After seeing the Detailed Results page use your browser's "Back" button to
return to the Search Results page or click on the Keyword / Category Search
links to begin a new search.