The Basic search page is what you see when hat you see when you open this resource. It's a Google-like search box where you enter your search terms. You also have the option switching to:
- Advanced Search (see the Advanced search page)
- Publications (see the Publications page)
- Change Databases: view other ProQuest resources which ETBI (and therefore you!) have access to
As you start typing you may see, just like Google again, suggested searches appear below the search box and may give you some ideas for different search terms. Click on 'Turn off Auto-Complete' to stop seeing these suggestions.
The Archive content is in the form of items. Each item is a separate and unique article from whatever source. Each item is split into fields. A field is a set of related values, like article titles, authors or publication year. The ProQuest help pages have a list of the fields used in the Archive. The basic search searches all fields, including if it is available, the full text of the article. In the advanced search option you can choose to search specific fields.
All results should be full text, so unlike other ProQuest databases there are no search limiters on the basic search page.
Other Search Options
Below and to the right of the search box, you can see:
- Recent Searches: See all your recent searches while you have been logged in (the list will be wiped once you leave the session)
- Search Tips: This opens a pop-up box that offers some general information and hep about searching
You can search using any letters or numbers and can use words in any language., however accents are ignored. Example: if you were to search for the Danish word før (which means "before") your results would include "for" and would also include all records containing "för", "fór" and "fòr". A search for any of these terms will retrieve the same results. Some special characters have special search meanings:
- Greater than (>) and less than (<) can only be used for date searching
- Brackets are used to build more complicated searches using Boolean operators
When you use more than one search term - e.g., 'healthy eating' or 'early childhood play', your search results containing all your search terms, appearing in any field (document titles, authors, subjects, full text, etc.). For example, searching for 'early childhood play' will return all records that contain the words 'early' and 'childhood' and 'play' anywhere in the record and not just next to each other. So, if you're looking for the phrase "healthy eating" or "early childhood play", you need to use quotation marks around them.
Search engines and some other searchable resources often have a list of stop words, common words like "the" or "and" that are ignored when searching. The Archive does not have a list of stop words, so if you search for fish and chips, you will get all records contains the words 'fish' and 'and' and 'chips', so again, if you're searching for a phrase, use quotation marks around them.