ebrary search is now accent insensitive

This greatly improves the ease and comprehensiveness of searching in ebrary.

It means you no longer have to enter accent marks or other diacritics to find, for example, titles or authors with accented words or names.

Examples:

  • Searching for Author = Cecile de Cat
    • Returns books whose metadata list the author as either:
      • Cecile de Cat
      • Cécile de Cat
  • Searching for Title = Español
    • Returns titles whose metadata list the title as, for example:
      • Camino al Espanol : A Comprehensive Course in Spanish
      • Dictionary of Mathematics (English – Spanish || Spanish-English) : Diccionario de Matemáticas (Español – Inglés || Inglés – Español)

Searching within a book

To search for text within a book:
  • Open the book, and click “Read Online
  • In the “Search within book” box in the side panel:
  • Enter search terms, and press return or click the arrow
  • Search results display in the  “Search” tab on side panel:
 

  • Chapter links are live:  to drill down, click triangle by chapter heading to see every page within the chapter that includes the search term(s)

Did you mean…” feature to assist with misspellings of search term(s)

  • If ebrary detects a misspelled search term, suggestions of similarly spelled words are offered – as well as the number of occurrences for each

Tips for entering search terms:

  • If you enter separate words, search is for occurrences of individual words
  • Each exact, whole word is searched for:  “dogs” will not find “dog”, and “cat” will not find “cats”
  • Use quotes around a string of words to find that exact string
    (e.g., “Fortune 500 companies”)

 

Getting started… searching in ebrary

To search for books currently available on your ebrary site, go to your ebrary site then:

To list all titles:

  • Leave the simple search box empty
  • Click the “Search” button

To search Text and Key Fields for a word or multiple words:

  • Type them in the simple search box
  • Click the “Search” button

To search on specific criteria:

  • Click “Advanced” next to the “Search” button
  • To the right of “Search in” use the drop-down menu to set the field to search in, for example:

Title refers to the exact words in the title (ebrary searching is literal,
if the title is “Dogs” and you search for “Dog” it won’t be a match)
Doc ID is the unique ID number that ebrary assigns to each book (it is always shown as part of the URL to a specific ebrary book)
Publication year is the publishing date for the particular ebook version ebrary offers (often different from the original print publication date)
LC Call Number is the official Library of Congress number for a particular subject area.  The following link gives the basics of LC Call number ranges: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco

  • In the field to the right of “for“, fill in the specific data to search for

For advanced options, see:
http://support.ebrary.com/kb/searching-using-or-not-and/
http://support.ebrary.com/kb/proximity-search/

  • To add additional search lines, click the “+” button
  • To remove search lines, click the “” button
  • Once your search is set, click the “Search” button below the search criteria

To sort search results by Relevance, Title, Contributor (first author), Publisher, or Date, click the links at the right

To display Short, Medium, or Long view of data about the books in your search results, click the links at the right

Important note about ebrary’s search engine:

Searches are exact searches on entire words – no partial-word searching:

–  Searching for dog will not find dogs

Good news:  ebrary search is accent insensitive, which means you do not have to enter accent marks or other diacritics to find, for example, titles or authors with accented words or names.

 

Setting up alerts when new ebrary titles match your criteria

Want to be alerted if new titles on your ebrary site match certain criteria? Or if a particular title is offered for purchase in the future? Simply follow the steps below to create the corresponding search.

To create a saved search:

1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in to your personal ebrary account

a. Saved searches follow your login, regardless of the ebrary site you’re on!

2. Create and run a search as follows:

a. Click on “Advanced” next to the Simple Search window

b. Set up your desired search criteria

To search for titles in a subscription collection you don’t have, see the Advanced Search Instructions below

Admins, to search for new purchasable content, add a search line and set “Collection” to “All Purchasable”

This will search ebrary titles available for purchase

Results returned will point to preview-only copies

Must be signed in as admin to see “All Purchasable” collection

c. Click “Search” (you need to do this for the search to be save-able)

3. Find and save your search as follows:

a. Under the Search tab, then under the SEARCHES tab, look for the search you just ran and click “Save” for that search

b. This will bring up a new window in which you can set search name, email address, search frequency (setting frequency to 0 turns off alerts)

c. Click “Create”

To modify your saved search criteria or search frequency:

1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in to your personal ebrary account

2. Under the Search tab, then under the SEARCHES tab, look for your saved search

3. Click on “Edit” for that search

4. Here you can change search name, email address, search frequency (setting frequency to 0 turns off alerts!!)

a. If you make changes here, click “Update” (takes you back to SEARCHES tab)

5. Or, to change the search criteria, click on “Edit Search Criteria”

a. Make any desired changes to your search criteria

b. Click “Search” (you need to do this for the search to be save-able)

c. Click “Update Search”

Advanced Search Instructions

You can search for titles in a subscription collection you don’t have; results returned will point to preview-only copies.

1. Go to the alltitles preview site at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/alltitles

2. Do an advanced search and include the collection to search (for example Academic Complete) and the criteria (for example Title includes opera)

3. Once you run that search, the URL at the top will include the search criteria. Select and copy the end part of the URL starting with “/search” – that is, starting right after the “/alltitles” part and all the way to the end of the URL.

For the example above, the URL will be (ignore line breaks shown):

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/alltitles/search.action?
adv.x=1&fromSearch=fromSearch&f00=collection
&p00=col_cust_acad_complete&f01=title&p01=opera&search=Search

Copy this part (ignore line breaks shown):

/search.action?adv.x=1&fromSearch=fromSearch
&f00=collection&p00=col_cust_acad_complete
&f01=title&p01=opera&search=Search

4. In a separate tab or window, go to your ebrary site

5. Sign in to your personal ebrary account (you’ll need to do this)

6. Edit the URL at the top by pasting in the copied search string right after your ebrary site name, and press return

7. If you’ve copied and pasted the right section of the URL, you’ll be searching the preview-only collection from your site

When you open a book from a list of search results, it opens to the first page containing the search term

When you search for one or more terms to find a book on your ebrary site, and then open a book from the returned search-results list, the book you open will open to the first page that one of the search terms is found on.

You might not notice this behavior usually because one of the search terms is often on the first few pages of the book.  But sometimes the search term isn’t found until deep into the book, so it may seem odd.

Try this:

– Go to the following open access site:

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/cyberbullying

– Do a simple search for dog

– Open the second book (Stop Bullying Now: Youth Leaders’ Toolkit)

– You’ll find it opens up to page 9; the first page ‘dog’ is found on

If you use the following URL, you’re just saying ‘open this document’, so it defaults to opening to the first page:

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/cyberbullying/docDetail.action?docID=80064041

BUT… if you use the following URL, you’re saying ‘open this document and search for the term dog’

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/cyberbullying/docDetail.action?docID=80064041&p00=dog

and the term dog doesn’t show up until page 9, so that’s the page it opens to.

(Note this doesn’t work on preview-only sites since content pages are restricted)