Searching Capabilities


Searching Capabilities

Information Quest empowers a user’s access to information by means of a sophisticated search engine. It brings electronic content to the user through a variety of powerful searching tools and methods.

IQ’s search engine combines unparalleled indexing and retrieval technologies to facilitate relevant accurate and superior search results:

Adaptive Pattern Recognition Processing (APRP): With APRP, IQ queries are executed at the binary level by searching for words with similar patterns. This technology enables users to perform successful searches despite possible misspellings, hard-to-spell words or names, and foreign language words within their query. APRP is unique to our industry and IQ has it.

Natural Language Processing (NLP): NLP provides users with an alternative searching method that is more intuitive than Boolean type queries. There is no need to know special codes; IQ uses real language. It allows the researcher to pose queries in the form of phrases, sentences or questions.

Word Expansion: Word Expansion searches for concepts, word relationships and semantic meanings using a lexicon of 1.6 million word relationships. This feature gives IQ users the ability to distinguish between word meanings within a query to facilitate more accurate concept searches and reduce false hits. By selecting the most relevant definition, the user is able to filter the query results to those “hits” that offer the highest relevancy.

Related Terms: IQ’s word relationship searching capabilities provide users with another powerful feature that enable concept searching on related terms. To illustrate this, consider the query “the effects of modifying endocrine levels in mammals.” IQ will find articles relating to the effects of modifying endocrine levels in rabbits, pigs, sheep, etc., despite the absence of these words in the query.

Query-By-Example: Using a selected article, a researcher can apply the “more documents like this” feature to search for additional articles containing the same keyword, concepts and work relationships of that particular article.

Refine Search: This feature allows a researcher to hone an existing search by applying a modified search against the result list. For example, an initial search on the word “cancer treatment” produces a result list of 500 hits. The researcher can refine this search by modifying the query to read “ovarian cancer treatment and each treatment’s prognosis for success.” IQ will apply the modified search against the original result list to narrow the hits down to those articles containing information on ovarian cancer treatment and prognosis.

Alert Service: IQ also provides an automated personalized alert service for individual-licensed users. This service facilitates a user’s ongoing research in a specific subject area of interest. To use this feature, a researcher creates a query, then selects “Add to Alert”. This query is saved to the user’s individual profile. As new content is added to Information Quest’s database, the system automatically applies the query. If a “hit” or “match” occurs, an e-mail notification is sent to the user alerting them with the citation(s).

Simple to Sophisticated Queries

Employing these powerful searching technologies, Information Quest provides four searching options to address the research needs of a diverse user audience:

Browsing: Users can query on publisher, provider, serial or article title and browse a list of issues and articles.

Quick Search: Users can perform simple concept searches using keywords. They can also perform Boolean queries within this search option.

Field Search: Allows users to limit searches to particular keywords, author, title, publisher, ISSN, article title, and date. The search may be simple or complex in scope, depending on the number of fields utilized to define the query.

Advanced Search: Utilizing IQ’s full retrieval capabilities, users can define how large a net they want to cast based on the types of searching features selected. This robust searching option allows researchers to:

  • Define the search by keyword, natural language, or Boolean operators
  • Execute a concept, pattern or Boolean search
  • Determine the Search Expansion Level to broaden or narrow a match
  • Establish the Result List Sort Order by relevancy ranking, or by date

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