Type in one or more search words into the search box and hit the Search key or Enter.
Help | Advanced Search
Just search will search for every word you have entered and return results which contain all of the words you have entered – like a Google search. The search will be of the full text of Foundation reports, and the abstracts for associated material (see Scope of Just search). For Foundation reports it will only return results where the search terms all occur in a particular section of the report.
Just search will tell you exactly what it searched for, e.g.:
Because the search is on the exact words:
All commonly used words such as a, an, the, la etc. are included in the search.
Truncation gives all extensions on a word stem by using an asterisk sign *
work* will return works, worker, workplace
Just search provides some suggestions for alternative words for searching
The results are ranked by relevance based on the number of times a search term appears and where the search term appears. There is also an option to re-sort your results by date or title.
You can specify relationships between the search words you use to refine your search. The main ways to do this are to search using:
Do not use symbols such as + or - instead of the Boolean search words.
If you select a disadvantaged group from the browse menu on the left hand side, you search results will be less than if you do a full text search, but they will be more targeted. This is because the browse search only includes results which have been indexed to indicate that the material contains information relevant to that group, rather than simply that a particular word has been mentioned somewhere in the text.
For example, a search on culturally and linguistically diverse will find all the material indexed on this topic regardless of the variations in the way it is referred to, e.g. CALD, NESB, migrants, and will exclude incidental uses of the term in the results.
Your browse results for Foundation research are grouped under each research report, with a key report on that group being listed first. This is to ensure that when you search under a group that is the subject of a research report, e.g., homeless people, that you are not deluged with a listing of every chapter of the report.
Your search terms are not highlighted in the results because you are not searching on text.
To search for two disadvantaged groups together, select one from the list and type the other into the search box.
Remember that if you continue searching in this mode, it will be WITHIN the disadvantaged group you chose. Press the Just search logo to start a new search.
Advanced search provides menus to assist with Boolean searching and search limits. The search will be a blend of full text searching, with limits by controlled terms ie indexing to include synonyms and exclude incidental references. Therefore search limits that you select may not display in the results. For example if you use Area of law to limit the search to child abuse, the search results may not include the term child abuse because it only occurs in the indexing of the document.
Drop down menus can be used to limit searches by:
You can cut and paste your search results into a document for word processing or print them using the Print friendly function.
If you want to revert to the results of an earlier search, press the back button on the top menu or use the Previous searches option on the top left hand side of the screen.