WEDA Helpful Hints

For effective searching, please follow this advice:
  1. All text in WEDA is in the standard English character set; i.e. no accented characters. Spelling is generally in US English, although research interest information is not heavily screened.

  2. You can enter one or more words in one or more boxes. This is treated as a Boolean AND search. WEDA will display only entries which match ALL of your search keywords.

  3. Query boxes which contain less than two characters in a string are ignored. So a search for "e", or "e a c h" will fail to find anything, but "B uffalo" will find the same as a search for "Buffalo". Also, any non- alphanumeric characters (e.g. spaces, tabs, dashes, asterisks) are converted to spaces.

  4. "All or part of a person's name(s)": For the name of a person, try typing just their last name (e.g. "smith"). (People may have provided their full given name(s), or just used abbreviations, or even nicknames.)

  5. "The title of an institution or business": For the name of a university or department, type in one or more words from their official name. Again, this is treated as a Boolean AND search. For example, "buffalo anthropology" would find only enteries with "buffalo" AND "anthropology", such as "University at Buffalo - Anthropology Department", but not "University at Buffalo - Department of Classics".

  6. "Geographic location information": This is based on an entry's postal address. If you are interested in a particular region or country, type in one or more "address" keywords. Since this is a Boolean AND search, querying "new mexico" would find all entries from "New Mexico", but none from the country of "Mexico" (unless a Mexican address contains the word "new").

  7. "Research interest keywords": For research interests, type in one or more keywords. This is also an AND search, so a search for "physical" would find "physical anthropology" and any other mentions of "physical", such as "physical stress", while "physical primate" would only find entries listing both "physical" AND "primate".

  8. You can use wildcards for convenience in typing your query. Any non- alphanumeric character, such as an asterisk (*), or a dot (.) can stand for a character. WEDA will actually ignore the character, converting it to a space. But "arch*eology" will find "archeology" as well as "archaeology".

  9. When you get a successful search, click on any entry's "header" to see that entire entry. All URL's and email addresses are active.

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Last Modified: Jan 25, 1999