Southeast Asia Visions Help


Basic Search

Basic searches are best used when searching with a single word or phrase. Enter a word or phrase, including an author's name. Use the pull-down "Search in" menu to select an area of the text to search (full text, title, author, or date). Click the Search button to submit the query. Beware that multiple words will be treated as a literal string, so a search for culture Burma will assume those words are the phrase "culture Burma." To search for culture AND Burma, use Boolean search. If using common words, this search may produce a very large number of results. For more complex searches, with search limit options, try an Advanced Search (Boolean, Proximity, Bibliographic).

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Boolean Searching

Boolean searches allow you to combine up to three search terms or phrases using Boolean connector terms (AND, OR, NOT) and look for them in the same page or work. Use the pull-down "Search in" menu to select an area of the text to search in (pages or works). The default is pages.

Enter a term or phrase in the first text box. Multiple words will be treated as a literal string.

If you enter a term in the second text box, select a Boolean operator after the first text box to determine the relationship. To further limit the scope of the search, add words or word phrases in the "Limit to" boxes and select a bibliographic field (title, author, date) from the appropriate field menu.

For example:

  • Burma AND war finds works in which both Burma and war appear in the text.
  • Burma OR Cambodia finds works in which either Burma or Cambodia appear somewhere in the text.
  • Burma OR Cambodia AND war finds works in which either Burma and war or Cambodia and war appear somewhere in the text.
  • Submitting a query for war will result in a full-text search for all works in which that term occurs.

Pages or Works option:

  • allows you to broaden or narrow your Boolean search
  • "Pages" looks for your terms where they all appear on the same page
  • "Works" looks for the terms anywhere in the work

How Boolean searches are executed:

  • Boolean expressions are operated on from left to right, just like mathematical equations. This means that you will need to take some care in formulating your search. For example: You wish to find any texts that mention the word mangoes AND either the words fruits OR papaya. Your search should be formulated as: fruits OR papaya AND mangoes.
  • Since the search works from left to right, the search will first look for the set of texts that contains EITHER fruits or papaya.
  • Then the search will look within that set of texts for the ones that also mention mangoes.
  • Those texts will be your results set.

If you had formulated your search as mangoes AND fruits OR papaya you would have gotten a very different set of results. Why?

  • Since the search works from left to right, the search would have first looked for the set of texts that contains BOTH the words mangoes and fruits.
  • Next it would have looked for the texts that contain the word papaya.
  • Then it would combine those two sets of results and eliminate the duplicates to give you your results.
  • This means you would have a whole set of texts that contained papaya but make no mention of mangoes.

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Proximity searching:

Proximity searches look for the co-occurrence of search terms. This allows you to specify the physical relationship between the words you are looking for -- so you can look for words following each other or near each other.

  • You can look for words or phrases within 40, 80 or 120 characters of each other.
  • You can find places where one term is immediately followed by another.
  • You can look for places where words are Not Near and Not Followed By other words.

For example:

  • If you want only those texts in Southeast Asia Visions in which the terms ethnic and minorities appeared relatively near each other, search those terms within 40-80 characters.
  • To find those terms only when one follows another select the proximity operator Followed By Ethnic followed by minorities would help you locate only those works that are perhaps more directly concerned with "ethnic minorities".
  • To find all occurrences of a term when it is not followed by another closely associated term, you may use the proximity operators Not Near or Not Followed By. For instance, if you were only interested in ethnic, a search for the term ethnic Not Near minorities would yield all occurrences of ethnic when not directly referring to minorities.

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Bibliographic searching

Bibliographic searches are useful for quickly locating items with a known title, author, or date by searching the bibliographic records and not the full text of the books. You may also search using a known subject heading or for a keyword anywhere in the bibliographic citation (so you could also search for items from a particular publisher or all the works published in New York in 1930).

Example #1:

You want to find all the works by members of the Bignon family.

  • Enter Bignon in the text box.
  • Select Author from the pull-down menu.
  • Press the Search button.

Your results will list all works written by authors who have Bignon somewhere in their names.

Note: If you had done this search as a Basic Search and selected "Search in: Author" and then put "Find: Bignon", you would get the same search results.

Example #2:

You are interested in all the works by Harrison in 1923:

  • Enter Harrison in the text box.
  • Select author from the pull-down menu.
  • Choose the Boolean operator And from the pull-down menu of operators.
  • Enter 1923 in the next text box.
  • Select date from the pull-down menu.
  • Press the Search button

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Image Searching

Images in the Southeast Asia Visions Collection can be searched within Basic Search using key phrases in the Find: field.

The Key phrases are:

  • Image Format (the image type such as a drawing or a photograph)
  • Image Caption (specific caption to an image)
  • Image Date Information (a date related to a specific image)
  • Image Ethnic Information (ethnic information associated with an image)
  • Image Geographic Information (geographic information associated with an image)
  • Image Keyword (keywords associated with an image)

Some examples:

  • "Image Format: Diagrams"
  • "Image Format: Drawings"
  • "Image Format: Engravings"
  • "Image Format: Etchings"
  • "Image Format: Lithographs"
  • "Image Format: Maps"
  • "Image Format: Photographs"
  • "Image Format: Portraits"
  • "Image Format: Woodcuts"
  • "Image Format: (some word or phrase)"
  • "Image Caption: (some word or phrase)"
  • "Image Date Information: (some specific year)"
  • "Image Ethnic Information: (some Ethnic Group such as Americans, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc)"
  • "Image Geographic Information: (some location such as China, Malaysia, Vietnam)"
  • "Image Keyword: (some word or phrase such as Animals or Nam Bac, etc)"

For more examples of terms or phrases to use, please check the Browse Pages.

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Understanding search results
  • Your search results are returned in an alphabetized list, according to the author.
  • There are hyperlinks to the table of contents and an option to add the book to the bookbag. The contents of the bookbag can either be emailed to an address or directly downloaded onto your computer.
  • Each result indicates density by telling you how many matches are found in the collection. Clicking on the Results Details hyperlink will show you the page numbers on which the term occurs

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Using the Bookbag

The bookbag lets you select items as you search or browse collections and hold them for the duration of your search session. Item records in your bookbag can be saved to your desktop as a text file, or emailed to any email address. You can also search items in your bookbag collectively, as well as link to any item directly.

Adding an item to your bookbag

You can add items to your bookbag from the results list, from the item table of contents, or while viewing an individual text. In the results list, under each work title, is an add to bookbag link.

To add an item to the bookbag, simply click the corresponding link. The number of items in the bookbag will be updated in the right side portion of the page header.

A corresponding add to bookbag link appears next to the work title when you are viewing the full contents of the text. Clicking the link there will add that item to the bookbag in the same fashion.

Opening the bookbag

You can view your bookbag contents from any page by clicking the view bookbag tab at the top right on the main navigation bar.

The bookbag holdings display

The main bookbag page is the holdings display. All the features in the bookbag are available from this page.

At the top right corner is a count of items in the bookbag. You can make searches restricted to your bookbag by clicking on search in bookbag. With this you can collect works into a bookbag from searches on a certain broad topic or author, and then do more in-depth analysis of the works as a group.

Other options:

  • Click the email contents button to send the item records to any email address.
  • Click the download contents button to save the contents to any place on your PC, or display them in another application.
  • Click empty contents to remove all the item records at once.
  • Clicking the link to this item link will display the entire text of the item in the main window.
  • Click remove from bookbag to remove this item record only.

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Search within this book

Once you have found a book you would like to see, use this function to search for additional search terms within that particular book.

For example:

You would like to search for the keyword "ladies" in the book with the title, Siam and the Siamese as Described by American Missionaries.

  • From the Basic record of the book, click on Table of Contents.
  • Click on "Search within this text" (in the yellow box).
  • This opens up a Basic Search Screen (you cannot search within the text using Advanced searches) where you can search your keyword (in this case "ladies") in the full text, title, author, or date.
  • If you searched full text, you will then click on "results details" to see all the places "ladies" appears within the full text of this book.

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