The search tutorial shows you how to take advantage of ECIS search capabilities and
suggests some winning advice for finding the information you need. Its companion, query language tutorial emphasizses the ECIS query capabilities.
The search tutorial shows you how to use the results of your search. With ECIS, you can
do the following:
- Customize the initial rank using the
Personalized relevance ranking functionality
- View your results in detail
- Export your results to predefined formats
ECIS is designed to enable you to use your prior knowledge of Web search tools.
Hence, the search engine is very similar to what you use to search the Web: you can quickly type in a few key search words and get results immediately.
Moreover, the search is designed to offer full ECIS functionality. You
can specify attributes like title, full-text or body. You can also search specific databases or groups of databases (called domains).
Basic Search Advice
The following section helps you to prepare an effective search and obtain the
results which really interest you: all results corresponding to your search and only those
which interest you.
Prepare your search by clarifying your objective and the scope of your search.
The search you perform to find information on Jaguar can be different depending on whether you require information on the Jaguar car or the animal of the same name.
A search is based on one or more keywords. Use synonyms or alternatives of these keywords to specify your search (OR). You can also choose terms
that are not relevant in order to exclude them (ANDNOT).
A search can be performed on exact phrases.
You can combine keywords with operators: AND - OR - ANDNOT - WITHIN - NEAR. To learn
more about operators, go to query language tutorial.
In what domain do you want to seek?
Search engines are classified by domain: General, Business, Press, etc. Select the
fields in which your search is the most relevant.
In each domain, you can restrict the sources to the most suitable
By default, a search is run on all the sources of the selected domain.
See: Select domains and sources.
You can scan for a keyword in full-text, in the body of text, or in the
title only. To specify this information, change the attribute of the search.
To get familiar with the Basic Search, go to the advanced search page and try out the following sample searches:
Finding conferences on XML
- Select General from the list of domains
- Select Title from the Attribute pull-down menu
- Select CONTAINS from the Filter pull-down menu
- Enter the search words conference or proceeding or seminar or workshop or symposium
and press return
- Repeat the steps above, by selecting Body for Attribute and CONTAINS XML or SGML
- Click Start to activate the search
- To perform the same search right from the main search page, use the ECIS query language
- In the search area, enter: title:conference or proceeding or seminar or workshop or symposium / body:XML or SGML
Finding trade shows on software translation
In the example below, search for the phrase "Trade Show." Note the use
of quotation marks in the query.
- Domain: General
- Title CONTAINS "trade show"
- Body CONTAINS translation
Finding online newsletters and electronic journals on knowledge management
The example below shows you how to use phrases and grouped boolean
operators. Note the use of parentheses within the query. The example also
indicates the appropriate use of the TITLE versus BODY attributes. Searching the body of online documents for the word Knowledge would yield an unacceptably large number of results.
- Domain: General
- Title CONTAINS knowledge and (ejournal or "electronic journal" or "electronic journals" or newsletter)
When searching for phrases such as The Document Company or Design Patterns, enclose the phrase in quotation marks,
that is to say "Design Patterns". Using the quotation marks tells the search engine to find those words in sequence.
In the standard and advanced search pages, select or clear a domain
by clicking on the icon of the domain. The domain is selected when the icon is active (color).
To limit a search to specific sources of a domain:
- Click Domains in the standard search window
- Select the required domain
- Clear or select the sources within this domain
- Click OK to validate your preferences
- Before running the search, make sure that the desired domain is active (icon colored)
A search is performed on the sources that you indicated for this domain
By default, a standard search is performed with the full-text
(the keywords you entered in the search text-field are searched for any attribute).
To choose a different attribute like title, body or author,
use one of the following methods:
- Use the advanced search panel
- Create a complex query using the ECIS query language
Sample: title:"Design Patterns" / body:singleton NEAR factory / date:after:2002-01-01