- At the top of your Agility screen select ‘Monitor’
2. In the search form, begin by entering keywords that you want to use for a topic search. Terms that contain more than one word should be placed between quotation marks, e.g. “Buckingham Palace”. Hit Enter once you have typed each word.
ANY SEARCH: Enter keywords or phrases into "Any of these Words" to look for content that includes one, some or all key terms provided; these words or phrases generally expand a search to bring back more results. Hit Enter when done to submit the search terms.
In the screenshot below, the search will return all articles that contain ANY one, two or all of the terms “Amazon Music Unlimited”, “Spotify” or “Apple Music”.
- ALL SEARCH: Enter keywords or phrases into "All of these words" to retrieve content that must include all key words and phrases in this field; this typically narrows a search so that you retrieve every narrow results. Hit Enter when done to submit search terms.
In the screenshot below, the search will only return articles that contain ALL of the terms “Amazon Music Unlimited”, “Spotify” and “Apple Music”.
- COMBINING ANY AND ALL SEARCHES: By using both the ANY and ALL fields you can search for terms that must be returned in combination with a choice of terms, one or all of which need to be present.
In the screenshot below “Amazon Music Unlimited” and “UK” must be present in an article for it to be returned, in addition to either “Spotify” or “Apple Music”.
NONE SEARCH: Enter keywords or phrases into the "Contains NONE of these words" field to block keywords you don't want to have in your results.
The screenshot below will return articles that contain “Amazon Music Unlimited” and “UK” and “Spotify” but will exclude any articles that mention “Apple Music”.
LANGUAGES: You can also enter words in French or Spanish to get results in those languages (Agility supports special characters like accent marks, etc.).
CASE SENSITIVITY: Agility does not have case sensitivity limitations for topic searches; results returned will include mentions of the keyword(s) in any case, regardless of whether the search was entered in upper or lower case.
WILDCARD OPERATORS: Wild card operators allow you to search for variations of a word without having to include each one as a separate search term.
Two wildcard operators can be used: a single character wildcard (?) and a multi-character wildcard (*).
A single character wildcard search looks for terms that match the input keyword with variations where the single character wildcard is replaced with any alphabetical character. You can use multiple instances of the wildcard in the same search term, either adjacently or not.
Will return matches with: realized, realised
The multi-character wildcard works the same way except it will find matches for any number of contiguous characters where the * is placed.
e.g. " bio* "
Will match with: biology, biological, biometric, biotechnology, biodiversity, etc.
Please note that wildcard searches do not work on articles from Facebook or Twitter.
KEYWORD GROUPS: For more complex searches, use the "+ Keyword Group" button, which will nest your search strings for more complex boolean creation. Nested search, signified by parentheses ( ), can be used when searches become more complex. The parentheses tell Agility which search terms to look at first,similar to an equation where calculations within parentheses are done first.
With Agility, you don’t need to enter the parentheses yourself. Simply use the "+Keyword Group" ; this will create a nested search. You can view your complete search using the blue receipt or you can view your individual nested searches separately. Agility supports an unlimited number of nested searches.
DISCOVER RELATED CONCEPTS: In the “Discover Related Concepts” drop down menu, you can add related concepts, people or companies to your terms that you had not previously thought of. Make your selections and click “Add to My Search” when done. If you have added additional Keyword Groups, any related concepts you select will be added to the blue receipt above, not to individual keyword groups.