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How to launch a search, the parts of a search results and refining a search with limiting factors.

The best way to learn about how to search is to get a little bit of understanding and then practice (play around with searching). Within Connexions you can launch a search in one of two ways:

  1. Via the Content Tab
  2. Via the Search Box

In the examples below, we demonstrate the two methods by searching for “Programming”.

Type in “Programming” via the Content tab

Both of the above methods result in the Connexions web site looking for the word “programming” anywhere within the repository including the title, keywords, summary and module content. The results of the above search are:

Search results from “Programming”

The parts and general information about the search results are as follows:

  1. Limit search to: - An area where you can check or select additional limiting factors to reduce the search results.
    • Title – At least one of the search words must be in the module or collection title
    • Author – At least one of the search words must be in the author’s name
    • Collections – Return only collections (no modules)
    • Subjects Pull Down – Pick from one of the subject areas identified by authors when they create modules or collections
  2. View – “Lens” is the normal default. The user (or viewer) may choose from the following views which always show the title and author, plus:
    • Detail – shows the author’s institution, keywords and summary for the module or collection; if they exist
    • Compact – shows only the title and author
    • Statistics – shows total view, views per day, percentile ranking and raw module count ranking. Since there are over 15,000 modules and collections, any raw ranking of 1,500 or lower would be in the top 10% of materials viewed. The percentile ranking may be more useful because it will not be distorted over time. As the Connexions repository grows (let’s say to 30,000 modules and collections) the raw ranking of 1,500 or lower would represent the top 5% of the repository.Statistics might be a measure of quality , but you should consider that usage (forced upon students using a collection as a textbook) and quality are not necessarily interchangeable.
  3. Sort sequence – Usually in “Type” sequence which places the “Selected Content” (Item 6) with collections first and modules second; each group sorted alphabetically. The user (or viewer) of the lens may choose from the following sort sequences:
    • Relevance
    • Popularity
    • Language
    • Revision Date
    • Title
    • Type
    • Rating – As rated by viewers of the modules. This feature was added during 2009 and may not be useful until more people rate modules within the Connexions repository. If rated by several people, it can be used as a measure of quality .
  4. How many items show per page – adjustable by the user (or viewer) of the lens

The following slides show taking the results and adding additional search limiting factors to reduce the search results.

  1. Programming
  2. Limiting the search to the Science and Technology subjects
  3. Limiting the search to modules or collections that have “programming” in the title
  4. Limiting the search to only collections
  5. Adding an author’s name to the search box and limiting the search to collections that have “programming” or “Busbee” in the title and also have “programming” or “Busbee” in the author’s name
Search Results 1, 2 and 3

Search Results 4 and 5

Practice searching

The best way to understand how to do searching is to practice or play with them. A suggestion is to practice all of the items in this module. Remember, over time additional items will be added to the repository and your search results may vary.

Questions & Answers

what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
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Source:  OpenStax, How to search and browse the connexions web site. OpenStax CNX. Feb 24, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11188/1.1
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