Hints on Using this Application

The Online Bibliography allows you to expand or contract the scope of your search by selecting any combination of the features described below. For example, you can define a retrieval set by specifying author field and/or title, together with one or more content areas. If you use two or more filtering options, the result is a Boolean AND.

  • Publication Type:
    Choose the category (workform) of citation that you wish to search for. (Defaults to all.)

  • Content Area:
    Select one or more check-boxes. Adjust the content threshold in order to control the retrievel level. To retrieve citations from all content areas, check the "All" box or leave all boxes blank (default).

  • Searching on Author:
    Type in a name (case insensitive) for exact match. For example:
         smith
         juster, f. thomas
    Regular expressions and Boolean operators are not allowed.

  • Title:
    If you know the title of the document that you are searching for, enter all or part of the title text in this field (case insensitive). Regular expressions and Boolean operators are not allowed.

  • Date Range:
    Limit your search by selecting a range of dates (yyyy format) into which each retrieved citation must fall. Minimum date is 1992, maximum 2050.

  • Retrieval Threshold:
    Narrow or expand your search by selecting a cut-off point for display of retrieved citations. Enter a number between 1 (weak match between citation and content area set) and 100 (strong match between citation and content area set).

  • Display Abstracts:
    Abstracts are provided for a number of the citations in the HRS Bibliography. You may choose whether or not to display them.

  • Freetext Searches:
    You may search the HRS bibliography using a set of words (AND), a phrase, or one or more words out of a list (OR). You may also exclude citations containing a specific word or set of words (NOT):

    all of these words:
    Enter one or more words (case insensitive) all of which may be present for for a record to be returned. For example:
    cancer illness work
    this exact phrase:
    Enter a phrase (case insensitive) that must be present for a record to be returned. For example:
    depressive symptoms
    any of these words:
    Enter one or more words (case insensitive). If any word in the list is found, the record will be returned.

    none of these words:
    Enter one or more words (case insensitive). If any word in the list is found, the record will not be returned.

    Users should be aware of two peculiarities of the freetext search process:

    • Any word that is too short is ignored. The default minimum length of words that will be found by full-text searches is four characters.

    • Words in the stopword list are ignored. A stopword is a word such as "the" or "some" that is so common that it is considered to have zero semantic value.

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