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Word endings:
Return up to hits with hits per page.
How to find information

There are 6 ways to find information in this collection:

You can search for particular words that appear in the text from the "search" page that can be reached from other pages by pressing the Search button.

You can access publications by category by pressing the Categories button. This brings up a list of categories, represented by bookshelves. Click on the bookshelf icon of a category heading to obtain the concerned documents.

You can access publications by title by pressing the Titles A-Z button. This brings up a list of books in alphabetic order.

You can access publications by country by pressing the Countries button. This brings up a list of countries. Select the icon of a country to view the documents from the concerned country. Click on a document icon to view the full document.

You can compare documents from different countries by pressing the Compare countries button. You can chose to compare keywords from the keywords drop-downs or insert your own choices in the "Free text" box.
The search results will be listed on two columns, one for each of the selected countries. To view the specific comparison, click on one of the results or, for the free comparison, check the results to compare and click on the "Show selected documents" button.

You can access publications by keyphrase by pressing the Index button. This brings up a list of keyphrases in alphabetical order. Click on any keyphrase to view the alphabetical list of publications containing the selected keyphrase.
How to read the books

You can tell when you have arrived at an individual book because there is a photograph of its front cover at the top left of the page. Beside the photograph is a table of contents. This table is expandable: click on the folders to open them or close them. Click on the open book at the top to close it.

Underneath is the text of the current section. When you have read through it, there are arrows at the bottom to take you on to the next section or back to the previous one.

Below the navigation buttons line, there are four buttons. Click on Full TOC to expand out the whole table of contents so that you can see the titles of all chapters and subsections. Click on Expand Chapter or Expand Document to expand out the whole text of the current chapter, or book. If the book is large, this could take a long time and use a lot of memory! Preferences helps to set the default for displaying the table of contents.

      Open this bookshelf
Open/close this book
View this section of the text
Expand or contract all text of the selected document
Expand or contract all text of the selected chapter
Expand table of contents, or not
Set the default for displaying the table of contents
Click the arrow to go to the next section ...
... or back to the previous section

Below the cover of the document there are four other buttons:

Printable HTML version: opens the printable friendly version of the current section,

Export document as HTML file: exports the current document in zip format,

Export document as PDF file: exports the current document in PDF format and

Abbreviations, which opens the list of abbreviations used in the present document (this button appears only if the list exists in the present document).

How to search for particular words

From the search page, you make a query in these simple steps:

  1. Specify what items you want to search
  2. Say whether you want to search for all or just some of the words
  3. Type in the words you want to search for
  4. Click the Search button

When you make a query, the titles of 50 matching documents will be shown. There is a button at the end to take you on to the next 50 documents. From there you will find buttons to take you on to the third 50 or back to the first 50, and so on. Click the title of any document, or the little button beside it, to see it.

By default the search returns all the matching results. You can change this option by clicking the Search preferences at the top of the page.

Search terms

Whatever you type into the query box is interpreted as a list of words called "search terms." Each term contains nothing but alphabetic characters and digits. Terms are separated by white space. If any other characters such as punctuation appear, they serve to separate terms just as though they were spaces. And then they are ignored. You cannot search for words that include punctuation.

For example, the query

Agro-forestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability (1993)

will be treated the same as

Agro forestry in the Pacific Islands Systems for Sustainability 1993
Query type

There are two different kinds of query.

  • Queries for all of the words. These look for documents (or chapters, or titles) that contain all the words you have specified. Documents that satisfy the query are displayed, in alphabetical order.

  • Queries for some of the words. Just list some terms that are likely to appear in the documents you are looking for. Documents are displayed in order of how closely they match the query. When determining the degree of match,

    • the more search terms a document contains, the closer it matches;
    • rare terms are more important than common ones;
    • short documents match better than long ones.

Use as many search terms as you like - a whole sentence, or even a whole paragraph. If you specify only one term, documents will be ordered by its frequency of occurrence.

Scope of queries

In most collections you can choose different indexes to search. For example, there might be author or title indexes. Or there might be chapter or paragraph indexes. Generally, the full matching document is returned regardless of which index you search.

If documents are books, they will be opened at the appropriate place.

Change search preferences

On the Help page, there are two pairs of buttons that control the case differences and word endings of your queries. The first set of buttons controls whether upper and lower case must match (case differences). The second set controls whether to ignore word endings or not (word endings).

For example, if the buttons ignore case differences and ignore word endings are selected, the query

Antiretroviral Drugs Therapy

will be treated the same as

antiretroviral drug therapy

because the uppercase letter in "African" will be transformed to lowercase, and the suffixes "n" and "ing" will be removed from "African" and "building" respectively (also, "s" would be removed from "builds").

Finally, you can control the number of hits returned, and the number presented on each screenful.

9 useful tips to get started in five minutes

1. You can search publications in this library by typing words to search, by categories, by titles, by country, by comparing documents from different countries and by keyphrases.

2. To explore the library click on the covers which appear every five seconds on the home page, scroll the titles a-z list or type your query in the search window.

3. Searching for some words displays the titles by nearest hits. This is the default search.

4. Searching for all words displays the results alphabetically by titles. To view matches starting with "Z" set your preferences to display the maximum number of hits.

5. Use "quotation marks" to search for exact matches of words.

6. Performing a search or looking for a keyword will search and highlight these words in all subsequent consultations of the library till the CLEAR button is used. It takes up more processing time if you do not use the CLEAR button. So please use the CLEAR button after every search or keyword consultation.

7. Normally, only one chapter or paragraph is displayed at a time. The [Expand Document] button allows you to view the complete text of the document. Use the [Expand Chapter] button to view the entire content of the selected chapter on the same page.

8. The [Full TOC] button expands the complete table of contents.

9. Set your preferences to suit your needs. The number of total hits displayed can be set up to 50.000 or more, with 10 to 500 hits per page. The "ignores word endings" setting augments the number of hits. You can change the preferences to uppercase / lowercase sensitivity if needed.

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