Search Tips

If you have already done one search, click Reset before you perform a new search--otherwise you will obtain incorrect or even zero results. This clears all delimiters you may have previously chosen.

Searching by keyword

For best results in using the Keyword search box:

  • Limit your terms to subjects. Use the options in the Geographic Coverage search box to add geographic entities such as countries, regions, or territories.
  • For ease of use, enter one subject term per search unless
    • you are searching for the combination of two or more terms. If so, use "and" to separate your search terms-e.g., pensions and OECD. Your results will then show resources whose titles or descriptions include both terms. (The same result will occur if you separate your terms by a comma or do not separate your terms at all.)
    • you want results for more than one search term. If so, separate your search terms by the word "or"--e.g., pensions or retirement. Your results will then show resources whose titles or descriptions include either term.  Note: You may have to sort through many results which may appear in a sequence that may be difficult to understand.
  • Use quotation marks and an asterisk to find related keywords (for example, "retire*" to retrieve documents with the index term(s) retirement, retirement age, retirement communities, etc.).  
  • To reduce your chances of obtaining zero results, do not make any selections under Focus your search--remember these are optional. The default setting will select both databases for searching, plus all options in the remaining search boxes.
  • Press submit at the bottom of the screen.

Focus your search

These options allow you to limit your search in several ways.

  • By database--however, you will maximize your "hits" by clicking on the button next to Search both AgeSource and AgeStats. Of course, you may have good reason not to!
  • By Information type--keep the control key depressed as you highlight your choices if you wish to make more than one selection. If you do not make a selection, the search engine will search all options for you.
  • By Geographic coverage--referring to the geographic scope of a particular information resource. In this box:
    • World data refers to statistical data for the entire world. Note: This term applies only to searches in AgeStats.
    • All countries and territories refers to statistical data for each geographic entity.
    • Multiple countries refers to statistical data for many, but not all, countries.
    • The above terms are followed by a listing of all the countries and regions of the world in alphabetical order. Note: We have used popular rather than official names--e.g., North Korea for Democratic Republic of Korea. 
    •  By Language of contents--refers to the major language(s) used in the material collected by the information resource. Most entries are in English, but a number use other languages or provide additional language versions.

Keep the control key depressed as you highlight your choices if you wish to make more than one selection.

Remember to press submit at the bottom of the screen after you have made your selections.

Finally, remember to click on Reset when you want to perform a new search--otherwise, you will obtain incorrect or even zero results.