Finding information in a ProView title

Use the Boolean terms and connectors search method to search for particular terms within a book. 

 

Searching the title you are reading

While reading a title, tap the Search icon ( ) in the toolbar to display the Search panel. Type your query in the text box and select Search. The search result lists the sections of the title that contain your search terms, plus the number of times your search terms occur in each section. Your search term will be shown as a tag below the search field.

Choose a section title to display a list of subsections showing where your search terms occur. Choose the arrow in the right margin to display the titles of subsections containing your terms until your search terms are displayed with snippets of text to provide context. Choose the snippet to display the page with your search terms highlighted.

To edit your query, the search tag(s) can be removed and/or new search terms added. To remove search term tags, choose the X in the desired tag(s). This will also clear the highlighted search terms in the title.

 

Searching all titles in your library

While viewing your library, tap the Search icon ( ) to display the Search Library Content text box. Type your query in this box and select Search. The titles in your library are displayed with the number of times your search terms occur in each title. Your search term will be shown as a tag above the results in your Library.

Choose a title to display a list of the sections and subsections in the title where your search terms occur. Tap the arrow in the right margin to narrow the list until your search terms are displayed with snippets of text to provide context. Choose the snippet to display the title page with your search terms highlighted.

To edit your query, the search tag(s) can be removed and/or new search terms added. To remove search term tags, choose the X in the desired tag(s). This will also clear the highlighted search terms in the title.

 

Search connectors

AND Connector

Use the AND connector (represented by an AND, &, or a space), to retrieve text containing two or more search terms in the same section. For example,

spouse AND partner
spouse partner
spousal & support

|, OR Connector

OR is used to require query terms on either side of the OR to be in a document.

spousal OR support

%, BUTNOT Connector

% is used to quantify what cannot be in the document. The term to the right of the % is the term that cannot be in the content.

spousal % support

Phrase Searches (" ")

A phrase search contains one or more terms within quotes. This requires all of the terms to be found next to each other as in the query.

Syntax: "query terms"
Examples: “spousal support”

In the example there has to be the term spousal directly to the left of support and both terms are required.

Numerical Connectors

Numerical connectors require search terms to appear within a specified number of terms of each other. For example, the query

spousal /5 support

finds text in which spousal appears within five terms or fewer of support.

To specify term order with numerical connectors, use the +n connecter (where n is a number); the+n connector requires that the first term precede the second term by no more than the specified number of terms. For example, the query

spouse +3 support

finds text in which spouse precedes support by three terms or fewer.

Precedence of Search Connectors

The following is the order in which ProView will evaluate the search connectors with the terms in your query:

OR, +n, /n, &, %, [SPACE]

Parentheses can override the precedence of the search construct.

Illegal Precedence

Some operator groupings are not allowed. In particular, NOT and AND may not be used within proximity expressions.

CAT /S (DOG AND BEAR) => Precedence error
(CAT % DOG) +3 BEAR => Precedence error

 

Using the thesaurus

For selected titles, you can use the ProView thesaurus to narrow the search scope to specific sections of a title. If your title includes the thesaurus feature, two text boxes are displayed when you choose the Search icon: Search Title Content and Thesaurus. You can search by full-text search terms, select thesaurus terms, or both.

To use the thesaurus, enter text in the Thesaurus text box. Entries in the thesaurus that match what you have typed are displayed. Choose a word or phrase in the list to add it to your search query and run the search.

The Thesaurus text box will be emptied and the term will be added in a tag below. To add an additional thesaurus selection, repeat the aforementioned process in the same Thesaurus text box.

To remove a thesaurus selection, choose the X in the respective Thesaurus tag.

To edit a search that includes thesaurus selections, remove the desired tags to clear full text terms and/or thesaurus terms. This action will automatically re-run the search and highlight the most recent full text term inside the title. New full text terms and Thesaurus terms can be added at any time.

 

Browsing by search term

You can quickly review the text containing your search terms. Choose the term arrows in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to view the portions of each page that contain your highlighted search terms.

To navigate quickly to previous or subsequent search terms, use a two-finger swipe to jump back (swipe from left to right) or forward (swipe from right to left) by search term (functionality not available on the browser).

 

Using the A-to-Z index

Some titles in your library will have an A-to-Z index that contains index terms and links to specific instances of that term in the title.

Choose the A-Z icon to open the index panel. The index terms will displayed under headings next to an alphabetical list that allows you to navigate through the index. When you select a link, the chosen page will be displayed.