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Simple Searching | Browsing | Complex Searching | Customizing Search Results

Search

You can access the Search page from any other page by clicking the Search icon in the toolbar (see illustration). If you have already performed a search, your original search terms will still be present in the Search page.

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Simple Searching

To search LionHeart:

  • type a word or phrase into the search box of your choice. For example, you might like to type the name of your loved one into the Word in Poem search box (see illustration).

    Word in Poem: deborah

  • click the Search button.

After you have clicked the Search button, the Summary of Matches appears showing you the results of your search.

The search boxes available are as follows:

  • Word in Poem: allows you to search for a word or phrase anywhere in the poems.
  • Word in Title: allows you to search for a word or phrase in the title and/or first line of the poems.
  • Poet: allows you to search for poems written by a particular author or authors.
  • Gender: allows you to select whether to search for poems by male poets, female poets or both.

Browsing

If you need some inspiration on the kind of words or poets you can search, the browse indexes will help you. The Word in Poem and Word in Title browse indexes list all of the search words available in the poems and their titles. The Author browse index lists all of the authors whose works have been included in LionHeart.

To use a browse index:

  • click the Browse button next to the search box required.
  • type the first few letters of the required word or phrase into the box provided.
  • click the Look For... button.
  • highlight the word or phrase you would like to search in the list which appears. You can view preceding and following sections of the browse index by clicking on the Up and Down buttons.
  • click the OK button. The word or phrase selected is transferred back to the search box.
  • click the Search button to perform the search.

Complex Searching

You can use the following methods to perform more complex searches:

  • Enter words or phrases into more than one of the search boxes. For example, you might like to search for the word "valentine" in the works of John Donne. To do this you should enter "valentine" into the Word in Poem search box and "donne" into the Poet search box (see illustration). When you click the Search button, only those poems containing the word "valentine" written by John Donne will be retrieved.

    Illustration of above

  • Enter more than one word or phrase into a search box. To do this, you can either enter the words or phrases yourself or you can transfer several selected terms back from a browse index. The usual method for your operating system should be used to make multiple selections from browse indexes: for example, Windows users may multi-select consecutive items using SHIFT+CLICK and non-consecutive items using CTRL+CLICK.

    When you enter more than one word or phrase into a search box, the terms should be separated using either "and", "or", "not", "near" or "fby" ("followed by"). Each of these has a different effect on your search:

    Word in Poem: love and passion
    Retrieves all poems containing both "love" and "passion".

    Word in Poem: love or passion
    Retrieves all poems containing either "love" or "passion" or both. "Or" is pasted back by default between multiple selections from browse indexes.

    Word in Poem: love not passion
    Retrieves all poems containing "love" but not "passion".

    Word in Poem: love near passion
    Retrieves all poems containing "love" within ten words of "passion" and in any order. You can change the number of words allowed between the words you are searching by typing, for example, "near.6".

    Word in Poem: love fby passion
    Retrieves all poems containing "love" within ten words of "passion" and in the specified order. You can change the number of words allowed between the words you are searching by typing, for example, "fby.9".

  • Search for variations on a word or phrase. To do this you should enter the first few letters of the word or phrase followed by an asterisk (*). For example, if you enter "roman*" into the Word in Poem search box, you will retrieve all poems containing the words "romance", "romantic", "romantically", etc.

Customizing Search Results

Before performing a search, you can customize the results that you will retrieve to suit your requirements. To do this, go to the following part of the Search page:

Retrieve: 10 entries by Subset, starting from hit
number 1/Sampling

In this part of the page, you can:

  • specify how many matches retrieved are to be displayed at a time. The lower the number of matches you specify, the faster they will be retrieved. The maximum number of matches that can be retrieved at a time is 99; the number we suggest is 10.
  • specify how the matches retrieved by your search will be displayed. You can either select to display the matches in the form of subsets (where they appear in consecutive order starting with poet names beginning with the letter A, then B, etc.); or select to display a sample (a selection of matches taken at regular intervals from those retrieved).
  • if you are displaying the matches in subsets, specify the number at which you would like the first subset to start.

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