All the content available on the platform is accessible via the search interface. eBook search results will return the most relevant chapters related to the search.
General search tips
The search is designed to provide you with the most relevant results based on your keyword search. Here are some additional tips for searching:
•To ensure that your search includes terms that are next to each other, put quotation marks around the terms.
•We employ stem searching capabilities, so it is best to use the minimal word, such as “boat” instead of “boating” to widen your search results options.
•When searching for dates within the image search, be sure to start with the oldest date (“From”) to the newest date (“To”)
Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) and Phrase (" ") Searching
Boolean "operators" AND, OR, and NOT are supported:
•Type in AND, OR, and NOT in the search statement when using the single search box available on each page.
•Use quotation marks (" ") to search for phrases (words together in exact order).
•The search box automatically combines terms so you don't need to type "AND." The “Add” button available under the search fields also function as an “AND”. When using more than one kind of "operator" the search engine combines the operators in the search string from left to right. Use parentheses to combine multiple operators in a single search.
•“New York” ensures that the search results will only show results with both words located together.
•(Chicago OR Manhattan) AND skyline
Retrieves chapters with “skyline” and either “Manhattan” or “Chicago” or both.
NOTE: Quotation marks do not currently work with the OR and NOT Boolean operators. Quotation marks around terms that include diacritics will also cause the search function not to work properly. Remove diacritics from search terms with quotation marks to return the appropriate results. Results will automatically include terms with diacritics.
•Enter term(s) in the search box(es). Use quotations to search for a phrase.
•Select to search within either Full Text, Title, Author, or Print date (see below for descriptions).
•Select related categories, as desired.
Adding new terms combines terms (you don't need to type AND between your terms) to search within Full Text, Title, Author, or Print date.
Diacritics, Special Characters, Hyphens, and Punctuation
You can use diacritics in your search. For example, you could type große to find only instances of that term.
•Type "ae" for æ
•Type "o" for ø
•Type "n" for ñ
•Type "a" for å
•Type "c" for ç
Keep in mind, you can always type it with the diacritical, but it will restrict the search to words it knows contained a diacritical in the first place.
When punctuation or characters appear as parts of words (e.g., hyphenated names or initials), enter the punctuation or character.
NOTE: Remove diacritics from search terms with quotation marks to return the appropriate results. Results will automatically include terms with diacritics.
Viewing eBook search results
Users can limit the search results to either content your institution has access to or free content by selecting the appropriate Access box on the left side of the advanced search or results pages.
Please note that to view full-text book chapters, users must be within the IP range of a subscribing institution or have password access.
•Enter term(s) in the search box. Use quotations to search for a phrase (e.g., "paradise lost").
•If desired, use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to combine terms in different ways.
Full text searches for your term(s) in all content such as book and chapter titles, publication information, and the contents of the book chapters.
Title searches for your term(s) in the title of a book or chapter.
Author searches for chapter content by a particular author. The results display all chapters written or edited by the author.
Print date searches for all book content by a particular publication date. The results will display all chapters from books that were published within that timeframe.
Refining search results
Use the facets on the left side of the search results page to refine your results to a more focused set of results. Facets include:
Organize by eBook By default, all search results within the eBook search display by chapter in order to provide the most relevant results. If you prefer to view the results by eBook, select this option. The chapter results will display below each individual title.
Access Select to limit content to the subscription content you have access to view. Please note that Pilot Participants have access to all site content, including free content.
Price Select “Free content” to view only content that is openly available and does not require a subscription to view.
Publication Title Select a specific publication to view only the chapter results that appear within that publication.
Author Select an author to view only content by that author within your search results.
Publisher Select a publisher to view only content by that publisher within your search results.
Chapter subjects Select one or more chapter subjects (Library of Congress subject tags) to view only the chapter results tagged with those terms. Subjects are added as “OR” operator to provide a greater number of relevant search results. NOTE: Not all subjects are displayed. Only the top 100 terms for each search are displayed in the subject list.
Save your search
Searches, including the search terms and selected refinements, can be saved to your account for future reference. To save your search, you must first sign in to the A&AePortal. Once you have signed in, the Save Search option will appear at the bottom of the search filters.
•Run the search you would like to save.
•Select the Save Search button located at the bottom of the search refinements.
•Name the search you would like to save.
To access your saved searches, select the name of your saved search from the list past searches in the dropdown below the Save Search menu.
Sorting chapter results
Use the " Sort by:" pull-down to sort results by:
Relevance (the default) Selecting Relevance results in an order starting from the most pertinent based on a calculation of frequency and proximity of search terms. Chapter metadata is prioritized. Keep in mind, however, that "relevance" is calculated by software and is not fool-proof. Please use relevancy ranking as a general guide.
Author Selecting Author puts results in order by author last name either alphabetically (A-Z) or reverse alphabetized (Z-A). Please note in the case of multiple authors, the first author listed will be used for determining the listing of the results.
Publisher Selecting Publisher puts results in order by publisher either alphabetically (A-Z) or reverse alphabetized (Z-A).
Date Selecting Oldest First puts results in order by publication date starting from the oldest results. Selecting Newest First puts results in order by publication date starting from the most recent results.
NOTE: Sort options are not currently available when using Boolean search operators.