Tips for Searching

The Full Text Search provides search on research journals of NISCAIR.

 Here is a basic help that would be conducive in performing the search.The search text has to be written in the text box provided on the search page. If there is any ambiguity in the exact word then it can be searched for from the Help file made for Advance Search.

At its simplest, a query can be just a word or a phrase. But with the tips on this page, you can expand the focus of your query to give you more complete results.

  • Look for words with the same prefix. For example, in the query text box type med*  to find medicine,medicinal and so on.
  • Search with the keyword NEAR, rather than  AND,for words close to each other. For example, both of these  queries, medicine and yoga and medicine near yoga , look for the words medicine and yoga on the same page. But with NEAR , the returned pages are ranked in order of proximity: The closer together the words are, the higher  the rank of that page.
  • Refine your queries with the AND NOT keywords to exclude certain text from your search. For example, if you want to find all instances of medicine but not yoga , write the following query: medicine AND NOT yoga.
  • Add the OR keyword to find all instances of either one word or another, for example: medicine OR yoga.
  • Put quotation marks around keywords. For instance, if you type the following query: "medicine near yoga". This will literally look for the complete phrase medicine near yoga. But if you type the same query without the quotation marks: wound near healing. This searches all documents for the words medicine and yoga.