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What is SmartText searching?

EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service offer SmartText Searching, a natural language search strategy that allows you to enter as much text as you like for a search--a phrase, sentence, paragraph, or even whole pages.

How SmartText Searching Works:

  1. SmartText Search looks at the selection of text entered into the search box and first runs it through a sophisticated summarizer, identifying the main words/phrases in the text.

  2. SmartText Search uses those main words/phrases and queries them against the database, getting back a sorted list of the words/phrase that are most relevant as compared to that database's content. 

  3. Based on this result, a relevance weight is assigned to each word/phrase. 

  4. A search string is then built OR'ing the terms and their weights together, and a search is conducted against the database.

  5. A relevant Result List is returned.

Note: When SmartText Searching is applied to a search performed from the Advanced Search with Guided Style Find Fields screen, the SmartText algorithm is only applied to the term or terms in the topmost find field. Any terms in subsequent find fields use the standard Boolean logic.