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Unit 5: What to do when you can’t seem to find it

Try different spelling variations or other words with similar meaning.

Read the help files to understand how the search engine works.

Remember that this is a terminology dictionary. You will not find general words here, nor translations for complete sentences.

Alternatively try the Advanced Search. This offers a facility to search the database according to criteria that are not available in the Quick Search. Unlike the Quick Search, the Advanced Search produces only those terms that satisfy the search criteria exactly and does not offer any alternative terms. For example if you search for smoked, you will find the term smoked, but you will not find a link to the term smoke – although it is in the database. This search does not disregard punctuation. If you search for rain-forest (with a hyphen), you will not find it as the database only contains rain forest (without a hyphen).

After you have written text in the box Foclaíocht/Wording, you can choose in the next box which part of the term you want to search for. For example, if you choose start of term and you have written free under wording, you will find over 200 terms, including freesia and free fall, as well as free.

If you choose any part of term you will find terms which contain the wording you entered, in any position. If you write verse, for example, many of the results you get will have nothing to do with that word as to their meaning, such as adverse and overseas. Unlike the Quick Search, this search works at the level of the characters, not at the level of words.

Wildcards can be used in the wording box in order to base the search on a pattern rather than on exact wording – more information here.

Your search may be limited to single-word or to multi-word terms if you wish. A multi-word term is a term which contains a space – and a single-word term is a term which does not contain a space. Hyphens or other punctuation marks are not counted as separators in this case. For example, meta-language is a single word.

You must select a language when performing an Advanced Search – something you don’t need to do for a Quick Search. Note that most terms are in Irish, in English or in Latin. Only a few terms in other languages will be found in the database.

The search results may be limited to a certain part of speech if you wish. For example, you can find a list containing nouns only.

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