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Frequently Asked Questions About Searches

1. Why, when I type into the Query Box, it keeps finishing my words?

2. Why are there no diacritic words in the Words List of the Query Window?

3. Why are some words are spelled wrong in the Word List?

4. Can I search for punctuation marks?

5. What is a 'record' and what is its relevance to searches?

6. How do I see just the verses, sanskrit and translation, but no purports or transliteration?


1. Why, when I type into the Query Box, it keeps finishing my words?

It's meant to do that! Just keep typing until the word you want appears. The idea is that you do not have to type in the whole word. Once you have entered enough letters to locate the word you want, just press Enter to accept that word.

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2. Why are there no diacritic words in the Words List of the Query Window?

Correct. All diacritic characters are represented by their flat counterpart (ie. the letter without the diacritic mark).

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3. Some words are spelled wrong in the Word List.

If you find any spelling mistakes, please report them to us. Make sure you provide enough applicable information. Thank you in advance.

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4. Can I search for punctuation marks?

No. Punctuation marks are not indexed.

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5. What is a 'record' and what is its relevance to searches?

All infobases are divided into records. A record is the smallest indexable unit. You can tell where the records begin and end by the "diamond" symbol (which you can only see if you have "Codes" checked in the View Menu).

When you do a search, you are asking the program a question:

"Which records contain the item being searched?". The search window responds with "Records with Hits - x", meaning that it found x records matching your search criteria. When you press Enter after performing your query, you can look through the records that have hits. Each word in a record-with-a-hit that occurs in your query string will be highlighted. For example if you search for "krsna consciousness" every occurrence of the word krsna and every occurrence of the word consciousness is highlighted in every record that contains both the word krsna and consciousness.

Note that when you enter a query, the program is NOT telling you how many times that word occurs, but HOW MANY RECORDS it occurs in. If the same word appears twice in the same record, it is counted as ONE hit. (although both occurrences of the word will be highlighted).

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6. How do I see just the verses, sanskrit and translation, but no purports or transliteration?

Copy the folowing into the "Advanced Query" box:

[Headings Verse Number] not [Headings Verse Section] or [Headings Verse Section, translation] or [Field Devanagari] or [Headings Verse Text]

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