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The IDRC Digital Library (IDL) contains a current and comprehensive collection of research outputs created by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supported projects. This document provide assistance for the retrieval of and access to the outputs in the IDL.


Contents


Search
Author Search

Title Search
Project Number Search
Simple Search
Advanced Search

Search Filter

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Browse


Browse the content of the IDL by IDRC’s current active programs or by theme.


Click on the Select Program dropdown under Active IDRC Programs to browse the outputs produced by IDRC-funded researchers.


The themes describe the broad subject areas covered by the outputs contained in the IDL. Click on themes to view sub-themes which are labelled with the names of the IDRC programs that have funded research in the subject areas. Outputs produced by IDRC programs are categorized into topics.


Browse allows you to go through a list of outputs in a specified order:


Browse by Themes and Sub-Themes takes you through the themes in alphabetical order and allows you to see the sub-themes and the topics within each theme.

Browse by Title allows you to move through an alphabetical list of all output titles in the IDL.

Browse by Author allows you to move through an alphabetical list of all authors of outputs in the IDL.

Browse by Subject allows you to move through an alphabetical list of subject headings assigned to outputs in the IDL.

Browse by Date allows you to move through a list of all outputs in the IDL in reverse chronological order.


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Search


To search all of the IDL, use the search box in the middle of the home page.


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What is searched in the search box on the home page

The word(s) you enter in the search box will be searched against the title, author, subject, abstract, project title, project number and series of each output's record. The full text of digital documents is also searched.


What is not searched - Stop Words

The search engine ignores certain words that occur frequently in English, but do not add value to the search. These are:


"a", "and" , "are" , "as" , "at" , "be" , "but" , "by" , "for" , "if" , "in" , "into",

"is" ,"it" , "not" , "of" , "on" , "or" , "such", "the" , "to" , "was"


Truncation

Use an asterisk (*) after a word stem to get all hits having words starting with that root, for example:


child* will retrieve children, childbearing, childhood, childless


When searching an author’s name use an asterisk to retrieve the name in its different forms.

Head, I* will retrieve Head, I.L. and Head, Ivan L.


Stemming

The search engine automatically expands words with common endings to include plurals, past tenses ...etc.


Phrase Searching

To search using multiple words as a phrase, put quotation marks (") around the phrase.


“organizational change”


When searching a title that includes a colon, put quotation marks (“) around the title.


Stopping landslides in Rio : recycling scrap tires into retaining walls


Exact word match

Put a plus (+) sign before a word if it MUST appear in the search result. For instance, in the following search the word "development" is optional, but the word "rural" must be in the result.


+rural development


Eliminate outputs with unwanted words

Put a minus (-) sign before a word if it should not appear in the search results. Alternatively, you can use NOT. This can limit your search to eliminate unwanted hits. For instance, in the search


agriculture -urban or agriculture NOT urban

you will get outputs containing the word "agriculture", except those that also contain the word "urban".


Boolean searching

The following Boolean operators can be used to combine terms. Note that they must be CAPITALIZED!


AND - to limit searches to find outputs containing all words or phrases combined with this operator, e.g.


information AND seeking will retrieve all outputs that contain BOTH the words "information" and "seeking".


OR - to enlarge searches to find outputs containing any of the words or phrases surrounding this operator


colleges OR universities will retrieve all outputs that contain EITHER the words "colleges" or "universities".


NOT - to exclude outputs containing the word following this operator, e.g.


tobacco NOT health will retrieve all outputs that contain the word "tobacco" EXCEPT those also containing the word "health".

Parentheses can be used in the search query to group search terms into sets, and operators can then be applied to the whole set, e.g.


(colleges OR universities) AND (students OR graduates)


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Author Search


When searching an author’s name use an asterisk to retrieve the name in its different forms, e.g.


Head, I* will retrieve Head, I.L. and Head, Ivan L.


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Title Search


When searching a title that includes a colon, put quotation marks (“) around the title, e.g.


Stopping landslides in Rio : recycling scrap tires into retaining walls


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Project Number Search


When searching a project number, key in six digits or the first known digits followed by an asterisk, e.g.


810189 or 8101*


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Simple Search


The simple search page allows you to search by Author, Abstract, Date, Document Type, Language, Online Exists (Yes or No), Project Number, Access (Open Access or IDRC), Subject and Title. It also allows you to sort and order search results.


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Advanced Search


The advanced search page allows you to specify the fields you wish to search, and to combine these searches with the Boolean "AND", "OR" or "NOT".


Note: You must use the search rows in order. If you leave the first row blank your search will not work. Also, Boolean operators cannot be used within the advanced search input boxes.


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Search Filter


The search filter is displayed above search results. Filters can be useful if a large number of results is retrieved. Results can be refined, the display can be changed and a modified search result list will be generated. Narrow a search by adding more search terms in the search box. Change the results display by clicking on the dropdown arrows to select the number of results on the page, and to sort or change the order of the results.


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Login


Sign into the IDL if you:



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Request a digital copy


The IDL provides access to a comprehensive collection of research outputs dating back to 1970, the year the IDRC was created. Approximately 35% of IDL records include links to open access (OA) content. Digital copies of outputs that are not openly accessible (OA) can be requested by clicking on the Request a Copy button on condition that the output will be used for the purpose of research, private study, criticism, review, or news reporting, education, parody or satire pursuant to the fair dealing provisions in the Copyright Act (Canada).



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April 2015