Help and notes
More on search
You may search FAOLEX
either through a single area (Agriculture, Air & atmosphere, Cultivated
Plants, Energy, Environment gen., Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Land & soil,
Livestock, Mineral resources, Sea, Waste & hazardous substances, Water,
Wild species & ecosystems) or through All subjects, if you are interested
in more than one or all areas. The layout of the search page is always the
same with the following exceptions: "Main subjects" is available
only in All subjects. "Basin" is available only in All subjects,
Agriculture, Environment gen., Fisheries, Land & soil and Water. Each
field has an AND/OR combo-box.
Search using one field
If you would like to
specify more than one term in a field (e.g. Country/Territory): select terms
from the List (terms will be automatically separated by semi colons); enter
terms manually and separate them with a semicolon; select AND to find records
where all of the terms appear in the field; select OR to find records where
at least one of the selected terms appears.
Search using two or more fields
The fields are by
default connected by AND. This allows you to create very specific searches.
Search using the List button
In most search fields
the List buttons take you to an alphabetical list of terms used in the
database. We encourage the use of the Lists in order to avoid fruitless or
wrong search results due to non-correspondence of terms used. You may select
from the Lists as many terms as you wish by checking the corresponding box.
To include chosen term/s in your search just click on Select. To return to
the search page click on Go back.
How to refine search results
The system displays up
to a maximum of 200 results. To narrow down your search results: use specific
terms from the List buttons on the right hand side of each field; use the AND
connector between terms; fill in as many fields as possible; Year, Language,
Keywords and/or Type of Text are particularly effective to narrow down search
Dictionary supported search
This tool allows you to
view the keywords with their scope notes and relationships within the
database. This search is useful in case of a keyword-based search, i.e. when
the objective of the search is the use of a specific keyword independently
from the country, the language of record, etc. The list of keywords may be
browsed by Main subject (systematic), in alphabetical order (alphabetic), or
by KeyWords Out of Context (KWOC). To select the desired keyword/s click on
the corresponding blue button and then on SEARCH. The system will return
results by Record Number. If you wish to refine your search and specify more
fields click on EDIT QUERY to reach the standard search page. Click on CLEAR
before starting a new search.