Search tips

Quick search

Basic tips
To run a quick search on the Facet Publishing website, enter a few descriptive words or a string of text in the search box and click "Go". Use words that are likely to appear in the page you are looking for.

Check Spelling
If your results do not show any relevant results, make sure your search terms are spelled correctly.

Entering multiple words
Entering multiple words can be a good way of ensuring that you find what you are looking for. The more words you supply, the more the search engine has to go on. To search for multiple words, separate them with spaces. For example:

digital copyright

The search engine will try to find documents that best match your search words, it will consider documents that contain the exact phrase you type in as more relevant than documents that just contain the individual words. So using the example above, documents that just contain the words 'digital' or 'copyright' would appear lower in the search results than documents that contain the phrase 'digital copyright'.

The search engine uses lots of other techniques to attempt to find the most relevant documents to your search, for example if it finds a document that contains your search words in the title, that document is quite likely to be relevant to your search - probably more relevant than a document that only mentions your search words in the body of the document.

Free text searching

Example 1: “leadership in libraries
Rather than entering that string of text into the search box, it would be worth typing in leadership which would return Leadership: the challenge for the information profession by Sue Roberts and Jennifer Rowley. Sometimes typing one or two distinctive words is the best tactic because if you searched for leadership in libraries the Facet Publishing search facility would look for that precise string of text.

Example 2: “web accessibility guidelines for libraries
Again, try a distinctive word or two words, and see how you get on. In this instance, just typing web accessibility brings up Web Accessibility: practical advice for the information professional edited by Jenny Craven.

How the search facility works

In order for your search to be successful, you must use search terms which have a minimum of three characters.

The search facility will look for the word or string of text that you have entered in the search field. It will then look through the body text, the title and author fields. Results are weighted by relevance, with records having the word or phrase searched for in the title being given greater weighting than ones where the search terms used only appear in the full text. Records with multiple occurrences of the search term will also be given greater weighting than ones where the search term only appears once.

The search facility does not support the use of Boolean search operators.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search gives you more control over your search query, for example you can specify a particular title, author, ISBN, or pages that only mention your search words in the title.

Using the tag cloud / subject terms

It is possible to view the complete list of subject terms used across the entire site at the bottom of the right-hand column on every page. By clicking on a subject term you will retrieve all of the items included in that subject. A tag cloud is a visual depiction of tags to describe the content of web sites. Tags are listed alphabetically, and the importance of a tag is shown with the font size. Thus both finding a tag by alphabet and by popularity is possible. The tags are hyperlinks that lead to a collection of items that are associated with that tag.