Why different search results in online library vs computer program (stand alone version) ?
When I search a specific term in my group library online or on my computer 'Zotero stand alone', I retrieve different search results. In my 'stand alone' I find much more items. How is this possible as it is exactly the same library that is synced?
Actually no. The online search is so basic that I find it useless.
As an example, I search for "heavy clark" in my online library and local Zotero. Both are in the 'Title, Creator, year' mode. The results:
Local Zotero finds 40 items
Online library find 0 items
The online search considers more than one words as one phrase, thus it is looking for the exact phrase "heavy clark", which does not occur and thus zero results. In my library "heavy" is a common term in title and "clark" is an author.
Example 2, I search for "nigel clark" which is the first and last name of a author
Local Zotero: 72 items
Online: 27 items
Example 3, search for "chris frey" which is the first and last name of a author
Local Zotero: 163 items
Online: 0 items
(For examples 2 and 3, it concatenates the first and last name of creators and does the phrase search on that, so if an author is "Christopher Frey" and you search for "Chris Frey", it won't find it. Same with initials. If you just search for "Frey" or "Clark" you should get more or less the same results, though obviously in a large library that might produce a lot of results.)
Needless to say, this is an area we plan to improve.
Since individual words are now separate search terms,
chris freywithout quotes will also now find the author "Christopher Frey".
search term: heavy clark
search term: nigel clark
search term: "nigel clark"
** search term: chris frey
possible cause: The difference is due to item TZ7A38PB which has separate authors with the words Christensen and Frey in their names
search term: christopher frey
search term: "christopher frey"