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This article provides basic guidelines for making the most of [[Hamnet]]'s search capabilities.
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This article provides basic guidelines for making the most of [[Hamnet]]'s search capabilities.  
  
 
==Keyword search vs. browse search==
 
==Keyword search vs. browse search==
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All search options in Hamnet are either ''keyword searches'' or ''browse searches''. Both types of search take a sequence (or sequences) of characters  - i.e. word(s) - that the searcher inputs and look for matches in the Hamnet database.
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:A ''keyword search'' is the more straightforward of the two: it looks for the sequence (or sequences) of characters entered, either in a specified field of each catalog record, or anywhere in each catalog record. It will give you a list of the records in which the sequence of characters appears.
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:A ''browse search'' looks for the sequence (or sequences) of characters in specific fields of each catalog record by comparing it against a list of the terms that have been entered into that field by catalogers.
  
==Basic search tab==
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==Basic Search tab==
The basic search tab includes both keyword and browse search options. It defaults to the ''Name search'', so double-check that you have selected the correct option before starting your search.
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The Basic Search tab includes thirteen search options, grouped thematically. These include both keyword searches and browse searches. Notice that some search options have an asterisk next to their labels: this indicates that you can set limits (see the [[Searching in Hamnet#Search limits|search limits]] section below) to narrow the parameters of your search. It also means, functionally, that these are keyword searches (you cannot set limits on browse searches).
  
==Advanced search tab==
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Basic Search tab defaults: The Basic Search tab opens with the '''Name Browse''' search highlighted; double-check that you have highlighted the correct search option before starting your search. The Basic Search tab defaults to an "OR" or "any of these" search - i.e., if you enter multiple search terms, it will search for records that contain any of them, not all of them. If you want to search using multiple search terms, it's better to use the [[Searching in Hamnet#Expert search|'''Expert Search''']] option or the Advanced Search tab.
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==Advanced Search tab==
  
 
==Search limits==
 
==Search limits==
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The '''Set Limits''' option appears in both the Basic and Advanced Search tabs, in the bottom right corner of the main search area.
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Note: Once limits are set in either tab, they will remain in place for all future searches done within that session. You can clear limits by clicking '''Clear Limits''' (next to the '''Set Limits''' link in the bottom right corner of the main search area), or by leaving your search session (either by closing the browser tab, or navigating to a different webpage).
  
 
==Boolean search and wildcards==  
 
==Boolean search and wildcards==  
  
 
==Expert search==
 
==Expert search==
 
  
 
==Related resources==
 
==Related resources==
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* [[Interpreting MARC records]]
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* [[List of keyword search fields in Hamnet and their associated MARC codes]]

Revision as of 09:45, 8 October 2016

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This article provides basic guidelines for making the most of Hamnet's search capabilities.

Keyword search vs. browse search

All search options in Hamnet are either keyword searches or browse searches. Both types of search take a sequence (or sequences) of characters - i.e. word(s) - that the searcher inputs and look for matches in the Hamnet database.

A keyword search is the more straightforward of the two: it looks for the sequence (or sequences) of characters entered, either in a specified field of each catalog record, or anywhere in each catalog record. It will give you a list of the records in which the sequence of characters appears.
A browse search looks for the sequence (or sequences) of characters in specific fields of each catalog record by comparing it against a list of the terms that have been entered into that field by catalogers.

Basic Search tab

The Basic Search tab includes thirteen search options, grouped thematically. These include both keyword searches and browse searches. Notice that some search options have an asterisk next to their labels: this indicates that you can set limits (see the search limits section below) to narrow the parameters of your search. It also means, functionally, that these are keyword searches (you cannot set limits on browse searches).

Basic Search tab defaults: The Basic Search tab opens with the Name Browse search highlighted; double-check that you have highlighted the correct search option before starting your search. The Basic Search tab defaults to an "OR" or "any of these" search - i.e., if you enter multiple search terms, it will search for records that contain any of them, not all of them. If you want to search using multiple search terms, it's better to use the Expert Search option or the Advanced Search tab.

Advanced Search tab

Search limits

The Set Limits option appears in both the Basic and Advanced Search tabs, in the bottom right corner of the main search area.

Note: Once limits are set in either tab, they will remain in place for all future searches done within that session. You can clear limits by clicking Clear Limits (next to the Set Limits link in the bottom right corner of the main search area), or by leaving your search session (either by closing the browser tab, or navigating to a different webpage).

Boolean search and wildcards

Expert search

Related resources