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The search function can be used to search for an electronic Palgrave book or journal on Palgrave Connect, which contains over 12,500 ebook titles and more than 50 journals. There are many ways in which you can perform a search, depending on what information you have about the product you are looking for. Please note that punctuation marks should not be used when entering search terms.

In general, you should use as few terms as possible when running a search. For example, if you were looking for the book Literature, Metaphor and the Foreign Language Learner you can search for the words Literature Metaphor and the results remain the same. Simplified search terms will make sure the results also load quicker. If the term you are searching for is part of a multi-volume series or a new edition, do not include the edition or volume details in your search, as these may not be part of the product’s title in the database.

Outside ‘Exact Phrase Match’, the search function ignores common words and characters such as "where" and "how", as well as certain single digits and single letters, because they tend to slow down your search without improving the results.

1. Quick Search

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The quick search box at the top-left of the page is the easiest way to search. Enter the search term you are interested in and press return / enter or hit the search button. Next to the quick search box is a drop down menu allowing you to restrict your search to specific fields on Palgrave Connect. The drop down contains the following options:

  • Keyword: This is the default option and can be used to locate books with references to a particular keyword in their title information (i.e. searching their title, subtitle, ISBN, ISSN, author, description and table of contents as well as other data fields not included on the catalogue page).
  • Full Text: You can use this option to locate books and journals with references to a particular keyword in either the full text of the title or their title information (i.e. title, subtitle, description etc).
  • Title: This option searches for the books and journals that have the search term in the title or subtitle.
  • Author: If you know the name of the author or editor of the product you are searching for, you can use this option.
  • ISBN/ISSN: If you know the ISBN of a book, use this option to locate the book simply by typing in the 13 digit number (with or without dashes). You can either enter the ISBN for the print version or ebook version you are looking for and it will retrieve the relevant ebook record. If you know the ISSN of a journal, use this option to locate the journal by typing in the 8 digit number (with or without dashes). You can either enter the ISSN for the print version or eISSN version you are looking for and it will retrieve the relevant online journal record.

The default search functionality is AND, meaning that the search results will include books that contain all of the terms in your search. To search for an exact match, use double quote marks (" ") around the phrase, as this will return titles containing the exact character string.

2. Advanced Search

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You can find the advanced search form using the link next to the quick search box.

The advanced search form allows you to search in the following fields:

  • Title
  • Author / Editor
  • Full text field
  • Keyword
  • Publication date
  • Online date
  • ISBN / ISSN / DOI
  • Journal Title
  • Volume / Issue/ Start Page
  • Book Subject
  • Subject Subcategories
  • Book Collection
  • Book Series
  • Content type
  • Filter by Access

You can use combinations of more than one field to narrow searches to being more specific.

How to use the 'Title' field

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This field searches for the books and journals with the search term in the title or subtitle. You can search the data in three ways:

  • All words - the search results will include books and journals that contain all of the terms in your search, but not necessarily in the order you have typed them
  • Any words - the search results will include books and journals that contain any of the terms in your search, but not necessarily all of them, or in the order you have typed them
  • Exact phrase - the search results will only include books and journals that contain the phrasing as entered, so if you are unsure of the exact title select one of the other options.

For example:
Searching for Communication Policy and the Media

  • All words - will return one result as all the search terms are present in the book title Global Media and Communication Policy even though the order of the terms is different.
  • Any words - will return results including titles containing the words "communication" or "policy" or "media" (the search function ignores common words and characters such as "and", "the" and "in") such as the article The politics of media policy.
  • Exact phrase - will return no results as the correct title in the example is Global Media and Communication Policy.

How to use the 'Author / Editor' field

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If you know the name of the author or editor of the book or journal article you seek, you can use this field. You can search the data in three ways:

  • All words - the search results will include books and journals that contain all of the names in your search, but not necessarily in the order you have typed them
  • Any words - the search results will include books and journals that contain any of the names in your search, but not necessarily all of them, or in the order you have typed them
  • Exact phrase - the search results will only include books and journals that contain the phrasing as entered, so if you are unsure of the exact author name(s) select one of the other options

For example:
Searching for Andrew Smith

  • All words - will return entries including the names Andrew and Smith in the author field i.e. if a book/journal article was by Andrew Jones and Mark Smith it would be included in the results.
  • Any words - will return results including titles containing either of the words "Andrew" or "Smith" e.g. an article by Andrew Jones and a book by John Smith.
  • Exact phrase - will return only results containing the exact author name "Andrew Smith". If the book or journal has multiple authors/editors, do not use this option as "Andrew Smith Jeff Wallace" would return no results, as there is no single author called Andrew Smith Jeff Wallace.

How to use the 'Keyword' field

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This field can be used to locate books and journals with references to a particular keyword in their title information (i.e. searching their title, subtitle, ISBN, ISSN, author, abstract, description and table of contents as well as other data fields not included on the catalogue page). For example, typing in the keyword money will list all books and articles containing this search term within their title record, but not if the content itself contains the word money. You can search the data in three ways:

  • All words - the search results will include books and journals that contain all of the words in your search, but not necessarily in the order you have typed them
  • Any words - the search results will include books and journals that contain any of the words in your search, but not necessarily all of them, or in the order you have typed them
  • Exact phrase - the search results will only include books and journals that contain the phrasing as entered, so if you are unsure of the exact phrase you are looking for select one of the other options

For example:
Searching for money in developing countries:

  • All words - the search results will include books and journals that contain the words "money", "developing", and "countries" but not necessarily in that order
  • Any words - the search results will include books and journals that contain the word "money" or "developing" or "countries"
  • Exact phrase - the search results will only include books and journals that contain the exact phrase "money in developing countries"

How to use the 'ISBN/ISSN/DOI' field

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ISBN (International Standard Book Numbering) is the standard way of differentiating book titles from each other. ISBNs are composed of 13 digits e.g. 9780333668529 or 978-0-333-66852-9. If you know the ISBN of a book, use this field to locate the book simply by typing in the 13 digit number. You can either enter the ISBN for the print version or ebook version you are looking for and it will retrieve the relevant ebook record.

ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is the standard way of identifying serial publications. These internationally accepted codes are composed of an 8 digit number consisting of seven digits plus a check digit e.g. 0047-2506. If you know the ISSN or eISSN for the journal, use this field to locate the journal record.

DOI (digital-object identifier) identifies this materials location on the internet. If you know the DOI of the product you require, you can search it by inputting it into this field.

How to use the 'filter by journal title' field

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Select the 'Filter by Journal Title' option to display a list of all the journal titles available on Palgrave Connect. Select one or more check boxes next to your preferred journal titles in order to restrict the search results to articles from those journal titles only. To cancel your selection you can un-tick the check boxes individually or you can use the 'Deselect All' link to return to searching all journal titles.

How to use the 'volume / issue/ start page' fields

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If you know the volume, issue, or start page of the journal articles you are interested in your can enter it in these fields.

How to use the 'Full text' field

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You can use this field to locate books and journals with references to a particular keyword in either the full text of the title or their title information (i.e. title, subtitle, description etc). For example, typing in the keyword money will list all books and journals containing this search term within the full text or description. You can search the data in three ways:

  • All words - the search results will include books and journals that contain all of the words in your search, but not necessarily in the order you have typed them
  • Any words - the search results will include books and journals that any of the words in your search, but not necessarily all of them, or in the order you have typed them
  • Exact phrase - the search results will only include books and journals that contain the phrasing as entered, so if you are unsure of the exact phrase you are looking for select one of the other options

For example:
Searching for money in developing countries

  • All words - the search results will include books and journals that contain the words "money", "developing", and "countries" but not necessarily in that order
  • Any words - the search results will include books and journals contain the word "money" or "developing" or "countries"
  • Exact phrase - the search results will only include books and journals that contain the exact phrase "money in developing countries"
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If you wish to view titles or articles published in a certain period, or that were uploaded to the Palgrave Connect platform at a particular time, then use these fields to select the date range you wish to search on.

Publication Date ranges must be selected in logical order, thus the "from" date must be earlier than the "to" date, and not the other way round: this will return 0 results.

To search for books and journal articles published in a single month, you need to enter the month required as the "from" date and the "to" date. For example, putting a "from" 08/2008 and "to" 08/2008 will return details of all products published in August 2008. To search for titles and articles published within a year, you need to enter January of the year required in the "from" field and December of the same year in the "to" field. For example, putting "from" 01/2008 and "to" 12/2008 will return results for all books and journals published in 2008.

If you only enter a "to" date then results will include all books and articles published after the date entered. If you only enter a "from" date then results will include all books and articles published before the date entered.

How to use the 'Collection' drop downs

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All eBook titles on Palgrave Connect are part of a collection. If you want to locate books within a particular collection, use this drop-down list to find the name of the collection.

How to use the 'Series' drop downs

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Some books are part of a series, for example the Economics Today series. If you want to locate books within a series use this drop-down list to find the name of the series.

How to use the 'Subject' and 'Subject subcategories' drop downs

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These can be used on their own or to search for a keyword within a subject classification. These are key subject areas as defined by Palgrave Macmillan, and include relevant subcategories. You can search using just the "subject" drop down, or both together.

For example, selecting the option "economics" will return all products within the economics classification. The "subject subcategories" can be used to further refine the search; for example, "economics" and then "macroeconomics".

If you select an option from the "subject subcategories" list then the "subject" field will automatically be filled.

Searching using these classifications often brings back results across a range of collections as many of the products are multi-disciplinary.

How to use the 'content type' field

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Books and Journals on Palgrave Connect can be searched simultaneously. You can limit your search to 'books only' or 'journal articles only' by selecting the appropriate option within this section of the advanced search page. Clicking on books only will limit your search results to include books and exclude all journal articles from the results. Clicking on journal articles only will limit your search results to include journals and exclude all books from the results. Please note that if you have already selected a journal title as a search option this will automatically restrict your results to journal articles only. Alternatively if you have chosen a book subject, collection or series only book results will be returned.

How to use the 'access' field

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You can limit the search to hide results to publications that you do not have subscriber access to. However, please note that you need to be authenticated on your network for this to work.

Using more than one search field

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You can use several of the search fields together. For example if you might want to search for books or journals by a particular author/editor in a particular year you should use the Author and Publication date fields.

3. Search results

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The search results page shows a list of books and journal articles that matched your search. You can move through the pages of results with the page numbers and next/previous links.

The title of each result links to the catalogue page for that book or journal. Please be aware that journal articles will be viewed in a separate window on our Palgrave Journals platform. You will remain on this platform to view ebooks.

Full text search results will include a snippet of the text for each entry on the search results page. This snippet shows the context in which the search term was found within the book or journal. Click the 'Full text' link to view the page on which the search term was found.

For titles where the full text search term was found on multiple pages a 'more results' link will be available - this displays up to 5 snippets of text for each title on the search results page. To hide the extra snippets for a title click 'fewer results'.

You can sort results by Relevance, Title, Author (surname), Online Date, Print Publication Date or Journal Title / Book Collection.

"Modify search" will take you to the advanced search form and include the terms by which you have already been searching. Click 'New Search' if you wish to start your search again.

"Contract all" will hide the jacket image and description of the product on the search result page.

You can export any page of the search results into a csv file for future reference. The ISSNs and ISBNs appear in a file similar to : "9.78023E+12". To see the full ISSN/ISBN: highlight the column; right click; select "format cells"; select "number" from the category list and change decimal places to 0.

4. Refining Your Search

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On the right-hand side of the search results page is a 'Refine this search by' section. This allows you to refine or filter your current search results using the following options:

  • Book Collection: Expand this section to view the ebook collection groups such as 'Business and Management' covered by your search results. Expand a collection group to view the individual collections within the group i.e. 'Business & Management 2010'. Clicking a link will refine your search results to show only titles that are within that collection group or collection.
  • Book Subject: Expand this section to view the subject categories such as 'Education' covered by your search results. Expand a subject category to view the subject subcategories i.e. 'Teaching'. Clicking a link will refine your search results to show only those entries that are within that subject category or subcategory.
  • Book Series: Series on Palgrave Connect are grouped by subject. Expand this section to view the series by subject categories such as 'History' covered by your search results. Expand a subject category to view the series within that subject i.e. 'Palgrave Essential History Series'. Clicking a link will refine your search results to show only titles that are within that series subject category or series.
  • Year: Expand this section to view the print publication years covered by your search results. 2014 to 2000 are available as individual years and 1999 to 1860 are available grouped by decade. Clicking a link will refine your search results to show only those results that are within that year or decade.
  • Content Type: Books and Journals on Palgrave Connect can be searched simultaneously. Expand this section {Books Only and Journal Articles Only} to limit search results by content type. Clicking on books only will refine your search results to include books and exclude all journal articles from the results. Clicking on journal articles only will refine your search results to include journals and exclude all books from the results.
  • Access: Expand this section and click on 'Hide unsubscribed content' in order to refine your results by hiding any content to which you do not have full text access (indicated by Open lock icon).

You are able to select options from multiple sections to refine your results as needed. For example, you can choose to refine 'by subject, year and access' in order to find products about history published in 2010 to which you have full text access.

However, you can only refine by one heading and sub-heading per section, so within the 'Subject' section you cannot refine by two headings or two subheadings. Clicking a second subject heading will replace the first subject heading selected. You are able refine by a subject heading and a collection heading as they are within different sections.

When you choose to refine a search both the results and refine options are refreshed. The refine options are updated to reflect the new set of refined search results. For example, your original results may contain titles from 2009, 2010 and 2011 but you wish to refine the results to only titles published in 2010 using the 'Year' refine section. Once you have clicked 2010 and the refined results are loaded and the 2009 and 2011 options will have been removed because your updated results do not contain titles published in those years. Within the 'Year' section 2010 will then be highlighted red to show you have already selected this option.

After you have selected a refine option it appears at the top of the 'Refine this search by' section with a remove 'x' icon. If you wish to remove this refinement and return to your original results click the 'x' icon and the results will be updated without the refine option applied.

5. Browse

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The Palgrave Connect catalogue has over 12,500 ebook titles and 50+ journals across many subject categories. If you want to locate journal titles alphabetically, use this drop down list to find the Journal name. If you want to search journals within a particular subject area, use the menu to browse across particular subject areas. You can browse both ebooks and journals via different methods:

Ebooks:

  • Collection
  • Subject
  • Series
  • Print publication year

Journals:

  • Alphabetically
  • Subject Area

Following links from the browse page will bring up search results containing the relevant products. These can then be sorted and refined as per "Search Results" and "Refining Your Search". Please be aware that journal articles will be viewed in a separate window on our Palgrave Journals platform. You will remain on this platform to view ebooks.