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Introduction



Troodon is a simple web interface to the Library Catalogue. The Catalogue is a list of books and technical reports grew out of the collections built up by the libraries. Troodon, an information retrieval module operating in the web environment, lets you search for terms of your choice throughout the database of libraries holdings. A database is an organized collection of " records ". Each "record" represents a book, conference proceedings, report, etc. Records are sub-divided into categories of information known as "Fields", such as title, author, edition, etc.

  • Use your browser's BACK button to return to the Search Form to refine your search and make adjustments if the initial results are not satisfactory.

  • Troodon will look for items that satisfy all of the elements you supply, e.g, if you fill in an author name and a title word, Troodon will only find items that contain both that author name and that title word. In most cases a simple Title word/phrase search will be successful.

  • The initial response to a successful search is title list of the first twenty items. You can display the next twenty titles at a time by clicking on the "Next" button, or display the bibliographic details about an individual item by clicking on its item number which appears to the left hand side of the description e.g. 3.

Entering your search

  • Search is case insensitive—It makes no difference whether you type all in upper case, all in lower case, or a mixture of the two.

  • Punctuation—While typing a search term, eliminate all punctuation, such as period, comma, apostrophe, etc, as these are treated as equivalent to space. For example, On line, not on-line; parkinson s disease, not parkinson’s disease and G E Corp, not G.E. Corp. The catalogue database has a list of stop words that are not used for Searching. Stop wards are usually common words that have no significant meaning in a Search such as ‘of’, ‘as’, ‘there’ etc. If you use a stop word within a phrase, Troodon will display zero result. For example, if ‘of’ is a stop word and you search for applications of mathematics, Troodon will display zero record.

  • Commas to separate keywords—Separate phrases or words by using a comma. Troodon will treat a phrase as a complete phrase (words appearing next to each other in the same order) but will treat words separated by a comma as keywords, picking them up in any order from the title fields of the item e.g. "information retrieval" will look for the phrase "information retrieval" while "information,retrieval" may pick up items called "Information storage and retrieval". In brief, using the comma is the same as using the Boolean AND feature, meaning that both elements have to be found in the item for it to be a hit.

  • TruncationIt is possible to truncate a search term if you are not sure of its complete form or spelling.

  • OperatorsOperators like 'OR', 'AND', 'NOT' can be used between words or phrases in the same field and between fields.

All Fields word/phrase searching

  • Word or PhraseYou can search an item by word or phrase from any part of the record by entering a word or phrase here.

      e.g. All Fields word/phrase: computer

      retrieves items with word "computer" anywhere in the record.

      All Fields word/phrase: computer graphics

      retrieves items with phrase "computer graphics" any where in the record and word "graphics" appearing just after the word "computer" in any field.
  • Truncation A word/phrase may be truncated, in case you are not sure with the spellings of the same

      e.g. All Field word/phrase: computer? or computer graphics?

Title word/phrase searching

  • Word or PhraseYou can search an item by word or phrase from the title or by entering a word or phrase from anywhere in the title.

      e.g. Title word/phrase: computer

      retrieves items with word "computer" anywhere in the title.

      Title word/phrase: computer applications

      retrieves items with phrase "computer applications" any where in the title and word "applications"  appearing just after the word "computer" in the title.
  • Truncation A word/phrase may be truncated, in case you are not sure with the spellings of the same

      e.g. Title word/phrase: computer?  or   computer application?



Personal author name searching

  • Entering an authorThe format for entering personal author name is surname followed by space and first name

      e.g. Author's name: Rajaraman V. or Singh,M.

  • PunctuationThe author name should be entered strictly in the specified order with no extra punctuation mark. To enter more than one initial, put full stops between them.

      e.g,T.S.

  • Truncation A name may be truncated, in case you are not sure with the spellings of last name or exact form of first name.

      e.g. Author's name: Rajaraman V.? or Rajaramam V? or Rajaram? or Raja?

Corporate source name searching

  • Types of organization—This search will find works by organizations, conferences and societies, etc: Enter the name in full,

      e.g. Corporate source name: Bonn International Center for Conversion

  • Truncation—It is also possible to truncate the name if you are not sure of the format.

      e.g. "Bonn International Center for Conversion",

      if you are not sure if it is Bonn International Center or Bonn International

      e.g. Corporate source name: Bonn International? Or Bonn?

Keywords searching

Keyword search will search for words and phrases from the keyword field and should be treated as a more general subject access search, rather than a definitive controlled subject index search.

  • Word or PhraseA keyword may be word or phrase from anywhere in the keyword field

      e.g Keyword: computers

      retrieves items with word "computers" anywhere in the keyword field.

      Keyword: computer applications

      retrieves items with phrase "computer applications" any where in the keyword field in the same order.

  • Truncation A word/phrase may be truncated, in case you are not sure with the spellings of the same

      e.g Keyword: computer? or computer application?

Searching by Publisher

  • Publisher name—This search will find items by publisher name. Enter the name of publisher in full

      e.g Publisher name: Oxford university press

  • Truncation—It is also possible to truncate the name if you are not sure of the format

      e.g "Oxford University Press", if you are not sure if it is Oxford University Press or Oxford University or Oxford

      Publisher name: Oxford university?

      Or

      Publisher name: oxford?

Searching by ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

All the items in our collection (particularly old items) do not have ISBN. The primary use of entering an ISBN is to find a "known-item", this is the exception to the rule that an item must match everything you have entered in the search form to be retrieved.

  • Enter an ISBN— An ISBN should be entered in full. Insert ‘-‘ (hyphen) in place of space, if exists, e.g.

  • ISBN: 0-19-829294-5

Searching by Publication Year

You can search an item in our collection by year of publication or narrow down your search to the items published in a given year. In case you enter publication year and a word in title field then Troodon will retrieve all the items having that word anywhere in the title which are published in the given year.

  • Enter Publication Year—A publication year, comprising of four numeric, may be entered in this field to search the items published during this year

      e.g. Publication Year: 1997

  • Truncation— It is also possible to truncate the publication year if you are not sure about it

      e.g. Publication year: 199?

      will retrieve all the items that are published during 1990-1999.

Records viewed per page

This value specifies how many records to be displayed per page. This field accepts only numeric values. If search result is larger than what can be accommodated in single page, you can view it page wise.

Operator

This value is used to specify the boolean operator to be used between different search fields when multiple search fields have been specified. This can be "AND" or "OR" boolean operator. Boolean AND operator searches those records where all criteria matches for each records. Boolean OR operator searches those records where any one of the criteria matches for any records.


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