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Tips on how to search for resources on the site.

Accessing search
Not finding the results you want?
Search function
Phrase searching
Adding a compulsory word
Excluding terms
Search results for multiple terms
Macrons and cases

Accessing search

To search for resources on the Biotechnology Learning Hub:

  • Type your search term into the text box that appears at the top of every page. You can search the entire site or just the section you are in, for example, the Easy Care Sheep focus story.
  • Click on the search tab in the main menu to go to the Advanced search page. From this page, you can look for specific resource types that contain your search term, such as focus stories, themes, unit plans or worksheets, or browse lists of teaching and learning resources.

Not finding the results you want?

  • Check your spelling.
  • Widen your search.
  • Try more general search terms or reduce the number of terms.

Use advanced search to narrow your search if you get too many results.

Search function

The search will automatically find extensions of words, for example, if you enter ‘teacher’, your results will include ‘teacher’ and ‘teachers’ but not ‘teaching’.

The search will also find metadata terms. These are additional terms added to the search information for items that do not appear in the text. These help teachers find useful items for particular topics or concepts.

Phrase searching

Search for a phrase by putting quotation marks around your search terms, for example, "biological control".

Adding a compulsory word

Prefix a search term with a plus symbol to ensure the term is included in the search results, for example, "biological control " +research.

Excluding terms

Prefix a search term with the minus sign to exclude the term from the search results, for example, "biological control" –research.

Search results for multiple terms

When multiple search terms are entered, a certain number must be included in the particular resource for it to be included in the search results:

  • When 2 or more terms are entered, at least 1 term must appear in a resource for it to be included.
  • When 3 or 4 terms are entered, at least 2 terms must appear.
  • For over 4 terms, 30% of the terms must appear.

Macrons and cases

The search is not case-sensitive or macron-sensitive, for example, searching ‘PUKEKO’, ‘Pūkeko’ and ‘Pukeko’ will give the same results.

Metadata

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