Tips for searching
When questions in the various languages supported by
QuestionPoint are indexed, the indexing rules may vary from language
to language. The search engine used by QuestionPoint includes many "analyzers" that
are specific to a language. Usually developed by linguists native
to the language, they attempt to make searching in that language
simple and intuitive for the lay person.
The French analyzer, in particular, has been developed
with the lay person in mind and may not always treat terms in the
way experienced bibliographic searchers expect. Here are some tips
for searching if you use the French interface of QuestionPoint:
- A search term typed in lowercase only or in uppercase
and lowercase is converted to its stem for indexing and searching.
So the search term gallica (or Gallica)
searches for words with the stem gallic and finds
terms such as gallica and gallicismes when
searching for French content. When not searching for French content,
only words that match the stem exactly are found. So only English
records containing the word gallic or Gallic would
- However, terms that are in uppercase only are excluded from
the stemming process during indexing and searching. So, to search
for French questions that contain the word GALLICA,
use the search term GALLICA, which will find terms
such as gallica or Gallica or GALLICA but
would not find terms such as gallicismes.
- A search term typed with an * (asterisk) uses truncation
to find all words that begin with the letters typed, regardless
of case. So gallic* (or Gallic* or GALLIC*)
searches for words that begin with gallic and finds
terms such as gallica and gallicismes.
It also finds terms, such as gallica.bnf.fr, that
are part of a URL.
When searching in any language, you can exclude diacritics
when you type search terms. Words are indexed without diacritics,
and diacritics typed in a search term are ignored. Diacritics have
no effect on search results.