Report:Knovel/Search Interface/The Search Forms
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The Search Forms
Knovel users perform text searching within the “Basic Search” form. All operators are available for use within this form (to learn more about these operators, see the Allowed Operators section). There are three dropdown boxes to help narrow the search. The first performs the search across the entire library, or restricts the search to the titles in the user’s subscription. The second narrows searching across the following bibliographic options: all text, author, ISBN, table of contents, or title. The third dropdown limits searches by subject area (see Industry and Discipline-specific Content for a complete list of subject areas).
The Fielded Search form is useful for focusing on titles based upon scientific properties. Like the Basic Search, the user can narrow the fields to cover only certain subject matter. The Define Search Criteria section is a series of dropdown menus that let the user chose the category to search in, along with any associated properties. The user can then enter keywords, values or ranges they wish to search for. Up to three sets of searches can be performed at once, and can be combined using Boolean operators.
As of October 2009, the Fielded Search interface is no longer available. It has been entirely replaced by Knovel's new "Graphs Equations Tables" (G.E.T.) tool. As described by Knovel, the G.E.T. tool "retrieves numeric and other tabular data contained in Knovel's interactive graphs, equations and tables."
Although Knovel does not have a function to save search queries, after a search is performed in both the Basic and Fielded searches, the search query remains in the appropriate search line and is shown above the list of titles retrieved. The user can move through the title list with the query remaining. This is helpful as it allows the user to browse through the search results while still having the option to rerun the search or alter the query slightly.