Other Site Features

Can I do Boolean searching on OPOSSEM?

You can't do true Boolean searching currently. If you enter multiple terms into the search box it treats them as if they were connected by a Boolean AND. If you use the options under the Advanced tab on the [search page], you can be more precise in your search strategies.

Can I use an asterisk in the search to match partial words?

No, because our search engine matches partial words automatically. Search terms are stemmed, meaning that partial-word matches will appear in search results.
Example: a search for "network" will also turn up "networks" and "networked"

Why is the text so small on your Web site?

The default font size varies from browser to browser. We design our sites so that the user can control the font size. By doing this, we guarantee that users with low vision can access our content. See "How to Increase the Font Size on My Browser" for assistance resizing the text in your preferred browser.

I found an error in some of the posted material, what should I do?

If it is an instructional material posted by an OPOSSEM community member, you might consider posting a comment on the page where you downloaded the material or emailing the member directly to let him or her know of the error. If the member does not respond and the material is posted with the CC BY-NC-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License), then you might also consider posting a corrected version of the content to OPOSSEM with attribution and a link to the original.

What are “points”?

Points are a way to measure the quantity of OPOSSEM members’ participation in the community. Different types of contributions to the OPOSSEM community generate a different number of points. For instance, sharing instructional materials earns more points than rating someone else’s instructional materials. 

How can I use RSS to track content with certain tags?

This is easy to do on OPOSSEM. You can browse the tag cloudof existing tags on OPOSSEM and choose any tag in which you’re interested. On that tag’s page, you will see an RSS icon at the bottom of the page. Imagine that you’re interested in following any posts of materials or discussion about the American National Election Study (ANES). You could visit the ANES pageand subscribe to its RSS feed.   

What are “tags”?

Tags help to organize information. They are key words or phrases that describe a page, discussion, or other content. Most items or pages on OPOSSEM can be “tagged” with keywords, which help users find information more easily. You can also help organize the information on OPOSSEM by adding tags yourself. When you begin to type in the tag box, a list of terms that begin with those letters should appear. 

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