Basic Search searches for all of the terms entered in the search box in the title, fulltext and various properties fields of a document stored in the WS repository.
Advanced Search allows you to specify which parts of the documents in the WS repository are searched. You may limit your search by Title, Languageor Date Rangefields, combine search fields, and change the sort order of your results from the Advanced Search screen.
Generally, WS ignores punctuation, accented characters and capitalization.
Exceptions to this are the wildcard characters (* and ?).
The search engine will retrieve results which contain variations on the provided search terms, e.g.:
feasibility study will also retrieve documents containing feasible studyor feasibility studies
You can narrow the scope of your search in a number of ways:
Under Basic Search, use boolean operators OR, AND, AND NOT in capital letters. For example, International AND NOT monetary.
In Advanced Search, you can limit your search to a specific field, or you can combine different fields in your search, e.g.:
Find only documents where the words fiscal and planning appear anywhere in the document (enter terms in the first box) and the phrase reducing debt appears in the Title.
Specify All words or This Phrase searching to reduce the number of results retrieved
Use this feature to retrieve only documents saved within a specified date range (e.g From: 2008-01-15 To: 2008-02-22
You can expand the scope of your search in a number of ways:
Enter your search terms in the first search box on the Basic or Advanced Search screen to retrieve documents that contain your search terms in either the title, fulltext or properties fields of documents stored in the WS repository.
Specify Any word to retrieve documents containing some or all of your search terms, e.g.
Any word search for occupational health will retrieve any document containing either the word occupational or health or both.
Both * and ? can function as wildcards in your search query.
The * can be used to represent one or more characters in a search query, e.g.
offic*will retrieve results which contain office, offices, official etc.
The ? represents a single missing character; e.g.
legislat?? will retrieve results which contain legislates or legislatedorlegislator.
Consider searching for alternate spellings for your search terms, e.g.
learning centre or learning center
Note: When zero or very few results are found, WS may provide common spelling variations for the searcher to try. This may be helpful in the case of typos.