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Tips on Searching
There are two ways to search for books on MAA Reviews: the quick search engine that appears at the top left of each page, and the advanced search, which gives you many more options and ways to restrict the range of your search. Knowing a little about how the search engine works will help make your searches more efficient. Below I have put the things you type into the keyword field in red, because it makes a difference whether you type in quotes or not!
Quick Search versus Advanced Search
The quick search feature allows you to choose a topic and/or a keyword on which to search. You need not do both. The search engine looks for books that have your keyword in either the title or the author fields (and, if you chose a topic, that are listed as being on that topic). So if you put in field and hit the search button. you will find all books whose authors or titles include that world (but not any that include "fields").
Keywords that are shorter than four letters do not work, and accented characters can cause searches to fail. In addition, there are certain "stopwords" that the search engine can't handle. You can see a full list here, but for our purposes note that it contains brief, course, and many number words such as zero. None of those will work in a search.
Advanced search allows you to specify which fields you want the search engine to look at when it tries to find your keyword. You can choose as many of them as you like. By default they are all turned on, but I find it more useful to choose only a few.
Notice that you can restrict your search in many other ways: to books that have been reviewed, can restrict to books received (or reviewed) on particular dates, to books in the BLL and even with particular BLL ratings, and so on. This is the best way to find out "what's new" or "what reviews have been added recently". Books are added to the database when we receive them, and reviews are added later.
For those who are real book geeks, way in the bottom there is a box that allows you to search by ISBN.
Searching for Multiple Words
Sometimes one wants more than one keyword. Here are the rules:
Search Engine Quirks
Every search engine has its weird quirks. As you play with the search engine, you'll probably get used to most of them. Here are the main things to know:
Good luck searching! Please let us know if you find any problems, or you discover other quirks we should mention here.