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GeologyOntario Search Tool Help

Introduction

The text search engine on GeologyOntario allows for simple natural language queries or more powerful “text mining” Boolean queries. A natural language query can be as simple as typing in a word and pressing Search. Boolean queries use expressions to improve your search capability (see examples below).

To search, enter text in the space provided and select Search. A list of matching documents will appear in order of the hit percentage (default). To view a document in the list, select the link and the PDF will open in a new browser window.

View database specific search examples in the Additional Search Tips section below.

Search Tool overview

GeologyOntario search tool box. All the text found within the box is described below.

Search for (Required):

Type keywords or a Boolean expression (see below) into the text box.

Search Type:

There are four Search Type options to choose from:

  1. All of the words - In an “all of the words” search, results will return matches when all the individual words have been found in a document. For example, “visible gold” will return documents that contain both “visible” and “gold”.
  2. Any of the words - In an “any of the words” search, results will return exact matches to any of the individual words entered in the search box. For example, “visible gold” will return documents that contain either “visible” or “gold” or both. This is the least specific Search Type option but is useful when you may be uncertain of the spelling of a word such as “analyse analyze” or “caesium cesium”.
  3. The exact phrase - In a “the exact phrase” search, results will return matches when all the individual words have been found in a document in the exact order entered in the search box. For example, “visible gold” will return documents that contain the exact phrase “visible gold”. This is useful when you are looking for a specific phrase or expression and will provide more specific results than the other two Search Type options above.
  4. Boolean - Boolean operators connect search words together to narrow the results. They allow you to create more complicated and focused searches than the three other Search Types above. Boolean operators include: and, or, w/#, pre/#, not w/# and and not.
Boolean Operators Search Example Explanation
and visible and gold both visible and gold must be present
or visible or gold either visible or gold must be present
w/# visible w/5 gold visible must occur within 5 words of gold
pre/# visible pre/5 gold visible must occur 5 or fewer words before gold
not w/# visible not w/5 gold visible must not occur within 5 words of gold
and not visible and not gold visible must be in the document and gold must not be in the document

Words and Phrases

Use quotation marks to indicate a phrase. You can use a phrase anywhere in a search request.

Example: apple w/5 "fruit salad"

Wildcards (* and ?)

A search word can contain the wildcard characters * and ?. Using a ? in a word matches any single character (including characters with accents), and a * matches any number of characters. The wildcard characters can be in any position in a word.

Examples:

Note: Use of the * wildcard character near the beginning of a word will slow searches.

Items per page:

Defines how many search results will be displayed in each page of results; the options include 10 (default), 25, 100, 200, 500, or 1,000.

Sort Type Overview:

There are 4 sort options for the search result.

Database Records vs Documents:

Database Records refers to the information (created from fields in the database) which describes the data. Documents refers to the Publications products and Assessment files (in PDF format). While all five databases have records, only Publications (PUB) and Assessment files (AFRI) have Documents available in PDF format.

NOTE: Some Publications products will also include other formats (e.g. ZIP files), but these are not searchable from the Search GeologyOntario tool.

Examples:

A search for synthesis in the PUB database returns 582 results. This number is shown in brackets in the Databases to search box of all three figures.

If you select Database Records for the Search in option, the search returns 22 database records as indicated by the line Search Result 1 to 10 of 22 (see Figure 1, bottom of image).

Fig.1 - Showing Database Records search results

If you select Documents for the Search in option, the search returns 560 documents as indicated by the line Search Result 1 to 10 of 560 (see Figure 2, bottom of image).

Fig.2 - Showing Documents search results

If you select Database Records and Documents for the Search in option, all 582 of the Publications Database results would be shown in the Search Results section (see Figure 3, bottom of image).

Fig.3 - Showing Database Records and Documents search results

Select Indexes:

By selecting “Select All Indexes” all five databases will be searched. You may search individual databases by selecting one or more databases. The databases are: the Ontario Geological Survey Publications (PUB Opens new window) databasethe Assessment File Research Image (AFRI Opens new window) database, the Abandoned Mines Information System (AMIS Opens new window) database, the Ontario Drill Hole database (ODHD Opens new window), the Mineral Deposit Inventory (MDI Opens new window) database and the Ontario Geological Survey Publications (PUB Opens new window) database.

Additional Search Tips

Introduction

Each of the databases have standardized formats to display information about each record. You can use this information to extract specific details for each record. The bold titles in these records can be used to preform data specific searches to help narrow down your search results. Links to view examples of each type of database record are found below along with example database records searches. A list of all searcheable titles by database is provided.

Example Records pages

Example Database Records searches

NOTE: Modifying these examples will give different results.

  1. If you are searching for Assessment files (AFRI) for a township or geographic area, you would use the following search criteria:
  2. If you are searching for all Assessment files (AFRI) for particular Claim holder (e.g. Kinross), you would use the following search criteria:
  3. If you are searching for Abandoned Mines (AMIS) whose primary commodity was gold, you would use the following search criteria:
  4. If you are searching Drill holes (ODHD) by year (e.g. 2014), you would use the following search criteria:
  5. If you are searching for mineral deposits (MDI) whose deposits status is developed prospect with reserve and the primary commodity is diamond, you would use the following search criteria:
  6. If you are searching for all publications (PUB) released in 2005, you would use the following search criteria:
  7. If you are searching for all publications (PUB) released by Denver Stone, you would use the following search criteria:

Database Records field list

The information below displays some of the standard fields found within each of the five databases. Other fields exist which can be used to narrow down your search. All Resident Geologist District, District, Desposit Status and Series text is provided.

Assessment Files (AFRI) fields

Abandoned Mines (AMIS) fields

Drill Holes (ODHD) fields

Mineral Deposit (MDI) fields

Publications (PUB) fields

1 Resident Geologist District [9 options]: Kenora, Kirkland Lake, Red Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, Southern Ontario, Sudbury, Thunder Bay North, Thunder Bay South, Timmins.

2 District [15 options]: BEARDMORE-GERALDTON, COBALT, DORSET, KENORA, KIRKLAND LAKE, LONDON, PORCUPINE, RED LAKE, SAULT STE. MARIE, SCHREIVER-HEMLO, SIOUX LOOKOUT, SUDBURY, THUNDER BAY, TIMMINS, WAWA.

3 Desposit Status [7 options]: Developed Prospect with Reserves, Developed Prospect without reserves, Discretionary occurrence, Occurrence, Past Producing Mines with reserves, Past Producing Mine without reserves, Producting Mine or Prospect.

4 Series options: please visit the About our Data pages for the complete list of publication series descriptions.

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