Building Queries

 

Build a query using advanced search

Advanced search is designed for building a search strategy.

Simply enter a keyword or phrase into the first search box to automatically search across the full text of the AANRO knowledge base to retrieve all the information that matches your search strategy.

Add more search terms in the second search box to build a search strategy using the ‘pick lists’ and Boolean logic pull down options.

Use the radio buttons to focus your search on certain information fields in the database.

More options for refining your search and viewing information are presented on the ‘results summary page’.

 

 

Build a query using geosearch

Geosearch is a powerful search tool that gathers up and displays all the published information about large regions of Australia. Click anywhere on a map to view information about a region.

Use the search box to focus your search on a particular subject or place. For example, type murray into the search box and click on Western Australia on the State map to view published research on Murray River in WA.

Use the symbols / & ! to build a search strategy. For example, type this into the search box: irrigation & salinity ! (cotton / lucerne) then click Murray-Darling Basin. This will retrieve everything on irrigation and salinity in the Murray Darling Drainage Division excluding cotton and lucerne crops.

Geosearch maps provide sophisticated and powerful search options in away that makes the data structures and geocoding of the AANRO knowledge base transparent to the user.

Records in AANRO about a place are geocoded with the Australian place name, drainage division, catchment and agro-ecological region.

Australia is divided into 11 agro-ecological regions:

AER 1 Wet Temperate Coasts

AER 2 Wet Subtropical Coasts

AER 3 Tropical Wet Coasts and Tablelands

AER 4 Northeastern Wet/Dry Tropics

AER 5 Subtropical Slopes and Plains

AER 6 Subtropical Highlands

AER 7. Temperate Semi-arid Slopes and Plains

AER 8 Semi-arid Tropical and Subtropical Plainlands

AER 9 Northwestern Wet/Dry Tropics

AER 10 Temperate Highlands

AER 11 Arid Interior

Mainland Australia has 12 drainage divisions and over 250 catchments listed below.

There are twelve drainage divisions (not including Distant Islands Division) in Australia.

I NORTH-EAST COAST DIVISION

1 Jacky Jacky Creek 2 Olive-Pascoe Rivers 3 Lockhart River 4 Stewart River 5 Normanby River 6 Jeannie River 7 Endeavour River 8 Daintree River 9 Mossman River 10 Barron River 11 Mulgrave-Russell Rivers 12 Johnstone River 13 Tully River 14 Murray River 15 Hinchinbrook Island 16 Herbert River 17 Black River 18 Ross River 19 Haughton River 20 Burdekin River 21 Don River 22 Proserpine River 23 Whitsunday Island 24 O’Connell River 25 Pioneer River 26 Plane Creek 27 Styx River 28 Shaolwater Creek 29 Water Park Creek 30 Fizroy River 31 Curtis Island 32 Calliope River 33 Boyne River 34 Baffle Creek 35 Kolan River 36 Burnett River 37 Burrum River 38 Mary River 39 Fraser Island 40 Noosa River 41 Maroochy River 42 Pine River 43 Brisbane River 44 Moreton Bay Islands 45 Logan-Albert Rivers 46 South Coast

II SOUTH-EAST COAST DIVISION

1 Tweed River 2 Brunswick River 3 Richmond River 4 Clarence River 5 Bellinger River 6 Macleay River 7 Hastings River 8 Manning River 9 Karuah River 10 Hunter River 11 Macquarie-Tuggerah Lakes 12 Hawkesbury River 13 Sydney Coast-Georges River 14 Wollongong 15 Shoalhaven River 16 Clyde River-Jervis Bay 17 Moruya River 18 Tuross River 19 Bega River 20 Towamba River 21 East Gippsland 22 Snowy River 23 Tambo River 24 Mitchell River 25 Thomson River 26 La Trobe River 27 South Gippsland 28 Bunyip River 29 Yarra River 30 Maribyrnong River 31 Werribee River 32 Moorabool River 33 Barwon River 34 Lake Corangamite 35 Otway Coast 36 Hopkins River 37 Portland Coast 38 Glenelg River 39 Millicent Coast

III TASMANIAN DIVISION

1 Flinders-Cape Barren Islands 2 East Coast 3 Coal River 4 Derwent River 5 Kingston Coast 6 Huon River 7 South-West Coast 8 Gordon River 9 King-Henty Rivers 10 Pieman River 11 Sandy Cape Coast 12 Arthur River 13 King Island 14 Smithton-Burnie Coast 15 Forth River 16 Mersey River 17 Rubicon River 18 Tamar River 19 Piper-Ringarooma Rivers

IV MURRAY-DARLING DIVISION

1 Upper Murray River 2 Kiewa River 3 Ovens River 4 Broken River 5 Goulburn River 6 Campaspe River 7 Loddon River 8 Avoca River 9 Murray Riverina 10 Murrumbidgee River 11 Lake George 12 Lachlan River 13 Benanee 14 Mallee 15 Wimmera-Avon Rivers 16 Border Rivers 17 Moonie River 18 Gwydir River 19 Namoi River 20 Castlereagh River 21 Macquarie-Bogan Rivers 22 Condamine-Culgoa Rivers 23 Warrego River 24 Paroo River 25 Darling 26 Lower Murray River

V SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GULF DIVISION

1 Fleurieu Peninsula 2 Myponga River 3 Onkaparinga River 4 Torrens River 5 Gawler River 6 Wakefield River 7 Broughton River 8 Mambray Coast 9 Willochra Creek 10 Lake Torrens 11 Spencer Gulf 12 Eyre Peninsula 13 Kangaroo Island

VI SOUTH-WEST COAST DIVISION

1 Esperance Coast 2 Albany Coast 3 Denmark River 4 Kent River 5 Frankland River 6 Shannon River 7 Warren River 8 Donnelly River 9 Blackwood River 10 Busselton Coast 11 Preston River 12 Collie River 13 Harvey River 14 Murray River 15 Avon River 16 Swan Coast 17 Moore-Hill Rivers 18 Yarra Yarra Lakes 19 Ninghan

VII INDIAN OCEAN DIVISION

1 Greenough River 2 Murchison River 3 Wooramel River 4 Gascoyne River 5 Lyndon-Minilya Rivers 6 Ashburton River 7 Onslow Coast 8 Fortescue River 9 Port Hedland Coast 10 De Grey River

VIII TIMOR SEA DIVISION

1 Cape Leveque Coast 2 Fitzroy River) 3 Lennard River 4 Isdell River 5 Prince Regent River 6 King Edward River 7 Drysdale River 8 Pentecost River 9 Ord River 10 Keep River 11 Victoria River 12 Fitzmaurice River 13 Moyle River 14 Daly River 15 Finniss River 16 Bathurst and Melville Islands 17 Adelaide River 18 Mary River 19 Wildman River 20 South Alligator River 21 East Alligator River 22 Goomadeer River 23 Liverpool River 24 Blyth River 25 Goyder River 26 Buckingham River

IX GULF OF CARPENTERIA DIVISION

1 Koolatong River 2 Walker River 3 Roper River 4 Towns River 5 Limmen Bight River 6 Rosie River 7 McArthur River 8 Robinson River 9 Calvert River 10 Settlement Creek 11 Mornington Island 12 Nicholson River 13 Leichhardt River 14 Morning Inlet 15 Flinders River 16 Norman River 17 Gilbert River 18 Staaten River 19 Mitchell River 20 Coleman River 21 Holroyd River 22 Archer River 23 Watson River 24 Embley River 25 Wenlock River 26 Ducie River 27 Jardine River 28 Torres Strait Islands 29 Groote Eylandt

X LAKE EYRE DIVISION

1 Georgina River 2 Diamantina River 3 Cooper Creek 4 Lake Frome 5 Finke River 6 Todd River 7 Hay River

XI BULLOO-BANCANNIA DIVISION

1 Bulloo River 2 Lake Bancannia

XII WESTERN PLATEAU DIVISION

1 Gairdner 2 Nullarbor 3 Warburton 4 Salt Lake 5 Sandy Desert 6 Mackay 7 Burt 8 Wiso 9 Barkly

 

 

Gateway search results

The first phase of the AANRO Gateway is now fully operational and information is being gathered from about 40 key websites.

The AANRO information gatherer is tuned to crawl websites to 2 levels for content including online documents (PDF, MS Word files etc) and fully keyword indexes these information resources onto the AANRO Gateway and the results are included every time your search AANRO.

The purpose of the AANRO Gateway to online resources and web sites (the green link on the search summary page) is to direct you to the key Australian agriculture and natural resources web sites that match your query.

The AANRO information gatherer also hones in on key web sites containing information on their research programs and projects and integrates these search results with the research set (orange) on the search summary page.

Fact sheets and other electronic documents found by the AANRO information gatherer are displayed as part of the publications (blue) set on the search summary page.

Contact: Brenda Gerrie brenda@infoscan.com.au

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Geosearch search results

On AANRO, searching is a process of continuous interactive exploration with many opportunities to broaden or narrow your search to suit your needs.

Choose ‘view detailed’ to show the full records. (Latest information displayed first)

Key components of each record in the detailed display are hyperlinked so that you can search again on a mouse click without redoing your search query. This is an easy way to expand or narrow a search for a person, organisation, subject or locality without needing to know about the AANRO knowledge base data structures.

For example, click on an author’s name to search again for more information by that person. Click on a place name or a subject to let your search take a different direction.

 

 

Planning a query

A good query can be defined as one that retrieves all the relevant records and excludes all records that are not relevant to your needs.

If your initial search produces too many hits, try narrowing your search by:

– using a more specific word or phrase, eg lantana rather than weeds

– using Boolean and “&” to combine search terms eg weed control & wheat

– using Boolean not “!” to exclude information you do not want, eg crops ! canola

If your initial search produces too few matches, try broadening your search by:

– searching for alternatives using Boolean or “/” eg bovine / cows / beef / dairy / cattle etc

– using truncation to search for word stems eg gene* finds gene, genetic, genetics

– using broader terms as well as specific terms eg climate change / drought / el nino

– checking the spelling and use alternative words

 

 

Search results

On AANRO, searching is a process of continuous interactive exploration with many opportunities to broaden or narrow your search to suit your needs.

First of all type any keyword or phrase at a search prompt to search across the full text of all records in the knowledge base.

Then use the results summary to decide whether to further refine your search or view particular components of the AANRO knowledge base.

Use the ‘view summary’ display to browse titles and to selectively mark the records you want to display in more detail. (Latest information displayed first)

Choose ‘view detailed’ to show the full records. (Latest information displayed first)

Key components of each record in the detailed display are hyperlinked so that you can search again on a mouse click without redoing your search query. This is an easy way to expand or narrow a search for a person, organisation, subject or locality without needing to know about the AANRO knowledge base data structures.

For example, click on an author’s name to search again for more information by that person. Click on a place name or a subject to let your search take a different direction.

The AANRO Gateway searches other trusted websites for a match on your search criteria. The AANRO Gateway searches key Australian agriculture and natural resources websites.

Click on the “show me” link to view the list of websites currently included in the Gateway

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Use pick lists

Click a pick list button to view a list of search terms for a particular category or field. For example, in the advanced search area, if you click the pick list button labelled “Keywords”, a window with a list of all the subject keywords used for indexing in the AANRO knowledge base opens up. You can search for a word or a phrase by pasting it into a search box. This eliminates trial-and-error in searching, to produce more accurate results.

Scroll up and down the list or type characters in the Find box then click Go To move directly to that item or the nearest match in the list. If you paste multiple items, an “OR” search is automatically constructed in the search box using the “/” between search terms.

 

Use the query syntax for more advanced searching

The starting point for a search is a word or a phrase, eg dryland salinity will search for the phrase across all the text fields in the AANRO knowledge base.

Boolean operators are used to combine words or phrases to narrow or expand your search in different ways.

& is the equivalent of AND Boolean logic. It combines two search elements so that both items must be present for a match and is useful for narrowing down a search eg peach rootstocks & phytophthora.

/ is the equivalent of OR and will match on any of the terms eg cattle breeds / herefords / murray grey will find any records with one or more of these terms. OR is useful for broadening a search by including alternatives and spelling variations.

! is the equivalent of NOT and excludes the term it precedes from the search. NOT logic should be used carefully and only to screen out information you know you don’t want eg grain crops ! wheat. But be careful that you are not screening out useful information, which just happens to contain the word wheat.

NOTE: Words joined by & / ! are evaluated in left-to-right order: red & white / blue finds items that are red and white, or items that are blue. Use parentheses to control evaluation order: red & (white / blue) finds items that are red and white or red and blue.

* is a mask placed at the end of a word to match different word endings eg absorp* will match on absorption as well as absorps

Quotation marks must enclose any sequence of terms you want to search containing the search operators &, !, /, to prevent these terms functioning as search operators in your query; for example, “R&D”.

Proximity operators find words near each other:

w# finds words near each other, in either order but within the count of the number words indicated by the #, eg rainfall w5 crops finds “rainfall” within 5 words of “crops” (in either order)

p# find words near each other in that order, where # specifies the proximity as a count of the number of words eg application p2 pesticides finds “application” preceding “pesticides” by one or two words, eg nutrients p5 alg* finds “nutrients” preceding “algae or algal” by 5 words or fewer.