Navigating and using search...
in any way check your browser's preferences (internet options) to ensure that both of these are enabled.
Both should be enabled by default.
The tabs at the top are used to navigate to the major section of the site:
SEARCH - comprehensively search for words and/or phrases using
full-text searching or field searching
BROWSE - alphabetically browse the articles by title or by author
ABOUT - tells a bit about the project
PEOPLE - acknowledgement of the people involved in this project
HELP - this page...
There are two main methods of searching, the full-text search or the field search.
With both of these you can include the BUGS Thesaurus in the search by ticking the
'Include thesaurus in search' checkbox.
The full-text search is a Google-like search where you can search for multiple words
or phrases. Below is a summary of the keywords that can be used in this type of
Mites OR lice will bring up records that contain either word
Mites AND lice will bring up records that contain both words
Mites NOT lice will bring up records that contain 'mites' but not
"spider mite" in quotes will bring up records with that exact phrase
+ or [SPACE]
Plus sign character or a space character are the
same as the word 'AND'
Minus sign character is the same as the word 'NOT'
* or %
Wildcards: the asterisk or percent characters
are used to find words that start with a particular set of characters or variations
of a word.
E.g. parasit* will bring back any results that contain the words
parasite, parasites, parasitology, etc. Putting the asterisk in front of the word
will not make any difference.
Parentheses can be used to isolate two words as in the following
example: (mites or lice) "new zealand". This would find either
'mites' AND "new zealand" in the same context OR 'lice' AND
"new zealand" in the same context.
Within the search you can sub-select to do the search on the Title, Author, Year,
Content, Taxon (by scientific
or common name) and Thesaurus (see below graphic).
The search results will appear in a table, a row for each search ticked from the
above search types available (see below graphic). With the Contents and Taxon searches
the number of pages where that search term was found will be given, the others only
the number of articles.
When the 'view results...' is clicked a result of the document citations will be
displayed. If the Content or Taxon 'view results...' link is clicked then both the
document citations will be displayed as well as the list of pages that contain the
actual term searched for. If the document citation is clicked in all cases you will
be taken to the Page Details page and the first page of the article will be shown.
If one of the pages (Content or Taxon searches) is clicked on you will be taken
immediately to the Page Details page and the page number that you selected will be shown
The stoplight system identifies both the quality of the scan as well as the copyright
status of an article. If the light is red then the article is copyrighted and you
will only be able to view the publication citation. If the light is green, the article
is not copyrighted and the scan quality is good; if yellow then the article is not
copyrighted but the scan quality may be poor or the image distorted.
The Questionmark icon
in the blue circle (at left) can be clicked on to get context-sensitive help. You will see
these icons in many places, so use them to familiarise yourself more with
the way this site works.
Note: All full-text searches will be searching
on uncorrected OCR results and are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.