Provet Information Search
Welcome to the Provet search facility.
Below you can find some tip & tricks for searching - these
can help you to return more accurate results. The tips are in four sections:
- Simple searches - If you're new to searching these instructions will get you started.
- Choose keywords carefully - You can narrow results by choosing distinctive keywords.
- Using "operators" to return better results -
Some words such as AND, OR, NOT are "operators". You can use them
to make more accurate searches.
- Wildcards and Fuzzy Searching -
You can introduce a random element to searches which can help
if you are unsure of a precise spelling. You can also return
words which have similar meanings to the keyword you entered.
If you're new to searching here are the basic instructions:
- Enter a "keyword" and press the "Start Search" button.
Your search results will represent the documents that most accurately
matched your "keyword" - with the best possible match as the first result.
- You can enter more than one keyword. Just seperate each word with a space.
Your results will be documents that matched all your keywords.
- To find a document which contains an entire phrase, e.g.
signs of aortic stenosis , encase the whole
phrase in speech marks: "signs of aortic stenosis"
- As with keywords, you can enter more than one phrase. Just
seperate the phrases with a space: "signs of aortic stenosis" "exercise intolerance" "German Shepherd Dogs"
Choose keywords carefully
The Provet search engine ignores common english words like
'the', 'but', 'which', 'that', etc. Remember - the more distinctive
the keyword you choose, the more likely you are to return
Using "operators" to return better results
The searching routine recognises "boolean operators". Don't be put off by
the programming terms - it simply means you can use the operators AND, OR,
AND NOT, and NEAR to assemble searches which are more likely to return the
information you're looking for.
The following table shows how the searching routine will interpret the operators:
Apples AND Pears||
Both must exist in document.|
Apples OR Pears||
Either must exist in the document.|
Apples AND NOT Pears||
The first word must exist in the document, but the second word must not be mentioned.
Apples NEAR Pears||
Both must exist in document, and appear within 50 words of each other.
Wildcards and Fuzzy Searches
There are two special characters you can use which can
act as "stand-ins" to represent other characters. They are
the asterisk ( * ) and exclamation mark ( ! ). We call these
characters "wildcards". The asterisk represents multiple
characters, while the exclamation mark represents a single character.
For example, if you enter "wild*" your results will include documents
containting wildly, wilderness, wilder.
If you enter "wild!", documents containing wilde (i.e. the name Oscar
Wilde) or Wildd might be returned. This table might help you:
euro* and not "euro"||
Documents containing europe or european are returned, but
ONLY if 'euro' (e.g. the Euro currency) is NOT present.|
Documents containing nick, nice, nico (etc.) are returned.|
A fuzzy search will attempt to match words which, grammatically,
are closely related. It is denoted by two asterisks, for example:
will include catching and caught.