How to search by document title:
With more specificity comes better results. If we know only some of the words of the title, we get better results by selecting the 'Title' delimiter than if we searched under 'All Fields.' For example, we might look up the book "Rural information systems" whose full title is "Rural information system: new directions in data collection and retrieval"
How to search by author:
If you want to search by author use the Contributor field. BibLeaves calls the author field "Contributor" because of the music collection it also houses, which has composers, not authors. When searching by author, the best practice is to begin by searching the last name only. Name variations are important to note while searching. Having an understanding of the potential institutional affiliation of the author you're searching for may make a difference.
How to search by subject term:
The subject terms used in cataloging the ACDC materials are available on the ACDC's website under "Search Term List." While this controlled vocabulary has been painstakingly put together over the years that the ACDC has been in existence, it is still being updated. Therefore, some terms that are not on the list have been introduced over the years. Furthermore, there are some instances of plural and singular versions of the same noun appearing in the keyword field.
Another thing to be cognizant of is BibLeaves use of the term "keyword." As the people who developed this database were not librarians, there is some confusion over the use of the term "keyword." While some databases make a clear distinction between "keyword" and "subject terms," BibLeaves does not. Thus, while normally a keyword search means that the search will look for those words included anywhere, including the title, abstract, subject terms, and so on, here the keyword search is limited to crawling through the "keyword" field. The "all fields" search is more akin to the traditional "keyword" search, while "keyword" functions more like "subject" or "subject term."
By adding Boolean operators such as AND, OR or NOT, you can maximize your search.
Ways to Narrow Your Search:
Format: This does not follow a controlled vocabulary, unlike the majority of library metadata. There are pros and cons to this approach, but the result is a very rich and descriptive number of options. Simply click on the arrow to peruse your options.
Publication year: self-explanatory. The years appear in order of frequency. The year with the largest number of records associated with it appears first. This is true for all of the delimiters in the left sidebar.
Topic: is synonymous with "Keyword." This allows you to search by author or title or keyword then further limit your search by a keyword.
Journal titles: gives a list of the journal names in which articles related to your search appear.
Publish year: this needlessly obscure and meaningless string of words limits your results by a time frame, such as "within the last year," "five years," etc.