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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 name

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.

Full-text searches

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 search.

Keyword Description of use
OR Mites OR lice will bring up records that contain either word
AND Mites AND lice will bring up records that contain both words
NOT Mites NOT lice will bring up records that contain 'mites' but not 'lice'
" " "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 (see below).



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.

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