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Search Tips

I. Keyword Search

1.  Enter your search term(s) in the Keyword field for any search on Any Record Fields. Use Boolean Operators to improve your search.

2.  To search on Author Names, enter

o       Last name followed by first name/initials (e.g. Leung Shirley), or

o       Boolean operator ížandíĘ between first name & last name (e.g. Shirley and Leung), or

o       Any single word from the authoríŽs name (e.g. Leung).

3.   Click Search. Your search results are displayed. You can select, browse, print, e-mail or download the search results.

II. Using Special Operators to broaden or narrow your search

1. The symbol % is used as a right-handed truncation character only; it will find all forms of a      word.

     For example, searching for chi% will find "China", "Chinese", "children", etc

2. Boolean Operators

AND

Find all the words.
Example: China AND bridges

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NOT

Find records which have the first word, but not the second word.
Example: China NOT bridges

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OR

Find records which have any of the words.
Example: China OR bridges

 

Xor

Find only one of Find records which have only one of the words.
Example: China Xor bridges

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III.   Advanced Search

1.  Select the search terms of the Record Fields from the pull-down menu.

 

2.        To search on Author Names, enter

o       Last name followed by first name/initials (e.g. Leung Shirley), or

o       Boolean operator ížandíĘ between first name & last name (e.g. Shirley and Leung), or

o       Any single word from the authoríŽs name (e.g. Leung).

3.  Definition of Record Fields

 i. Document Type

o       Book íV Books, pamphlets, booklets and yearbooks.

o       Book chapter íV Chapters, sections or articles in books, pamphlets, booklets and yearbooks.

o       Conference paper íV Papers or speeches presented at conferences or seminars which are published in proceedings or on the World Wide Web.

o       Dissertation/Thesis íV Dissertations or theses written by Hong Kong and overseas postgraduate students.

o       Journal article íV Articles published in journals.

o       Newspaper article íV Articles published in newspapers.

o       Report íV Reports written on some researches/studies/visits.

o       Others íV Audio-visual recordings, open letters, Hong Kong government documents such as Sessional Papers of Legislative Council, etc.

o       Web íV Articles on the World Wide Web which do not fall into the above document types.

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ii. Subject íV Institute: The libraries, organizations or projects that are discussed in the documents.
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iii. Subject íV Place: The cities, countries and/or regions where the documents refer to.



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