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Home Improvement Reference Center - Advanced Search

You may conduct advanced searches in Home Improvement Reference Center using a single search box or multiple search boxes (guided search).

Advanced Search - Single

The single search field offers ease of use to expert researchers who have developed more extensive search strategies.

To create an Advanced Search using the single search box:

  1. From the Advanced Search Screen, enter your search terms in the search box.

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  2. Select the publication type that you want. If you want to find results for all publication types (Book, Periodical, Review, Trade Publication), be sure to highlight All. (This is the default.)

  3. Select from the available Search Options:

    • Search modes – Use specific search modes, such as “Find all of my search terms,” or “SmartText Searching,” or use search options that expand your search such as “Apply related words.”

    • Limit your results – such as Full Text or Publication type.

  4. Click Search. A Result List is displayed.

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  5. Click on the title to view the article details screen, or click the full-text link to view the complete article. Click the folder folder icon icon to save the article to your personal folder.

Advanced Search - Guided

Multiple search fields assist you in creating a more targeted search.

To use Guided Search:

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  1. Click the Advanced Search link below the search box.

  2. Enter your search terms in the first search field on the Advanced Search screen.

  3. Choose a field from the Select a Field drop-down list. (For example, select the Title field.)

  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the second set of fields.

  5. Select a Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) to combine the two field entries. You can enter another Boolean operator or keyword for any additional search boxes.

  6. The Select a Field option allows you to narrow your results by telling the database to search for your terms within specific fields.

  7. If you need additional rows, click the (+) link (if available). If enabled by your library administrator, up to 12 rows can be displayed. To delete a row, click the (-) link.
  8. Select from the available Search Options:

    • Search modes – Use specific search modes, such as "Find all of my search terms," or "SmartText Searching," or use search options that expand your search such as "Apply related words."
       
    • Limit your results – such as Full Text or Publication type.
  9. Click Search. The Result List displays.

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  10. Click on the title to view the article details screen, or click the full-text link to view the complete article. Click the folder folder icon icon to save the article to your personal folder.

Notes:

  • The search fields always display above the result list. Your search terms, limiters, and expanders are retained until you click New Search or the product logo.
  • To revise your search, you can apply the limiters under Refine Results. Click the Show More link to view all available limiters and expanders.
  • If you click the Home Improvement Reference Center logo, you are returned to the Home Page with your search terms cleared and any configured search parameters reset.