Help for the Publications Module

Search interface features

Table outlining the purpose and use of the search features of the Analytical Studies module
Feature Purpose of feature
Search button
  • Type in your search criteria in the box and click Search button.
  • Your search will only look within the module.
Start a new search button
  • To begin a new search, click on Start new search button.
  • This will reset all the folders and any item in the search box.
nullClosed folder icon
  • You can expand a closed folder to see sub-folders.
nullOpened folder icon
  • You can close an opened folder to go back one level.
Search by subject
  • You can search by Subject by clicking on the folder icon Closed folder icon or the All subjects link.
studies, papers and technical papers
Search by date
  • You can search by Date by clicking on the folder icon Closed folder icon or the All years link.
Search by author
  • You can search by Author by clicking on the folder icon Closed folder icon or the All authors link. [only for Analysts and researchers]
nullGreen checkmark - Clear the filter
  • The green checkmark shows you what folder is active.
  • Click on the green checkmark to close the active folder; this will in effect clear the corresponding filter.
Combining the folders and the Search
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  • You can use more than one folder at a time. You can also use the Search and the folders together.
  • This example shows two active folders and a search being used at the same time. More information on combining folders and search box example.
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null Sort by title
  • You can sort the results alphabetically.
null Sort by date
  • You can sort the results by most recent study.
null HTML link
  • Displays HTML version of the study.
null PDF link
  • Displays PDF version of the study.
  • Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed by Adobe Systems and requires the Adobe Reader software in order to read PDF documents.
nullAbstract link
  • Displays a summary of the study.

Browsing

More than one folder can be used in your search at the same time in the following ways:

  • By subject

    There are two ways to search by subject:

    • By using the Search (by typing the subject in the search box).
    • By clicking on the Subject folder.
  • By author

    [Only for Analysts and researchers]

    There are three ways to search by author:

    • By using the Search (by typing the author's name in the search box).
    • By selecting the Author folder.
    • By selecting the author's name listed under the author's column.
  • By date

    There are two ways to search by date:

    • By using the Search (by typing the date in the search box).
    • By clicking on the Date folder.
  • By studies, research papers and technical papers

    [Only for Analysts and researchers]

    There are two ways to search for studies, research papers and technical papers :

    • By using the Search (by typing the name of the study, periodical or analytical series in the search box).
    • By selecting the Studies, research papers and technical papers folder.

Combining the folders and Search

Now suppose you want to find a study in 2007 on "Health" written by Heather Gilmour from the periodical Health Reports.

Using the Search

You can search by selecting one or more folders and entering a word in the search box. You can do several different combinations using the search and folders together.

Here is one example: Type the author's name in the Search box. Then use the Subject folder and the Date folder. You can then refer to the Source, information listed under the title column, to ensure this study is from the Health Reports periodical or by clicking on the Studies, research papers and technical papers folder. [Only for Analysts and researchers]

Example:
Example 1: using the text box

Using the folders

You can use all folders. Click on the Subject folder to find "health." Then click on the Date folder to get 2007. In Analysts and researchers, you can also click on the Studies, research papers and technical papers folder to get "Health Reports." Click on the Author folder to get "Heather Gilmour."

Example:
Example 2: using the folders

Unsuccessful searches or error messages

If a search result does not make sense either because you have received an error message or you are unable to find what you are looking for, please check the following:

  • Did you clear your previous search criteria?
    • Make sure you click on the

      Start a new search button

      button to clear all previous searches.

  • Did you misspell your keyword(s)?
    • Check to make sure that you properly spelled the keyword(s)
    • Spell out acronyms and abbreviations
    • Check how you spell out authors' names
      • You can spell an author's name by first name then last name; last name, first name; or last name only.

  • Is your search criterion too specific?
    • Use more general terms in the search box
      • e.g. Try typing in more common words and then try to narrow down your search
    • Broaden one of your search criteria
      • e.g. You specified the subject, date and author. Perhaps your subject is too specific.
    • Try an alternative criteria that you haven't used yet
      • e.g. author, title of the study or paper, date, or subject

  • Did you use the folders?
    • Try finding what you are looking for using only the folders.
    • The Search and the folders do not always give the same search results.
    • To get the exact same search results between the Search and the folders, your keyword search must contain either the author's name; study title; or study abstract.