|Entering the following in the Keywords to search box:||Results in:|
|Canada||Selections containing the word Canada.|
|Canadian||Selections containing the word Canadian.|
Selections containing any word that begins with the letters Canad, such as Canada, Canadian, Canadians.
Enter the root of your wild card search all in lower case. The search term cannot start with the wild card ("*egin" will not work).
It can be used for subtle variations in spelling like "harb*r*" (which should return "harbour" and "harbors").
|Canada OR Ontario||Selections containing the word Canada or the word Ontario. The "OR" must be entered in CAPS. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Canada Ontario" and select the "or" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list.|
|Canada AND Ontario||Selections containing the word Canada and the word Ontario, but not selections containing just one of those words. The "AND" must be entered in CAPS. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Canada Ontario" and select the "and" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list.|
|Ontario Canada||Same as search above. The search instruction and is understood.|
|Ontario AND NOT Canada||Selections containing the word Ontario but not the word Canada.|
|"Great Lakes"||Selections containing the phrase Great Lakes. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Great Lakes" and select the "phrase" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list. Note: not all words are stored in the index so words like "of" and "in" may be ignored in your phrase.|
The Fuzzy search attempts to enlarge the search by allowing the search engine to find words spelled nearly the same as the ones you entered. It does this by simple letter substitution. For example a Fuzzy search on "Macdonald" returns records with "McDonald" and "Macdonalds" as well. A Fuzzier search adds variations like "Donald."
The Relaxed constraints re-issues your search looking for any of your search terms, instead of limiting the search to records that contain all your terms.
When you are done using the searching and faceting options and have generated the perfect result set, wouldn't it be great if you could bookmark this to Delicious, post it to your blog, Digg it!, email it to a friend, share it on Facebook, Twitter it....
HINT: there is a MORE link at the bottom of the list which flies open ... if you do not see your favourite tool on the first short list, click on MORE for additional options.
Take our Search widget with you.... Get the code for the search widget from this page. You'll be able to drop this scoped search widget into your institutional website, blog or any other social space.
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