Search History Table
The Search History table appears at the bottom of the Advanced Search and Search History pages for all product databases. Whenever you perform a search, the results of your search display in the Search History table.
When performing an All Databases search, the Search History table appears at the bottom of the Search History page.
What Does the Search History Table Display?
Displays the number of the search set (#1, #2, #3, etc.). Search sets are listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent search set at the top of the table.
Displays the total number of results retrieved, along with a link that takes you to the Results page.
A compound structure graphic indicates a Compound Search was performed.
Search History Details Column
Displays field tags, search terms, timespan, and other information in the Search History table.
The phrase "Refined by" will appear before each set that you create using the Search within Results, Refine Results, and Analyze Results options.
Did You Know ... The product does not display timespan information for compound searches.
View Structure Drawing Link
This link opens the View Structure Drawing page, which displays a graphical image of the compound structure in 2D Rendering. To view the structure in 3D Rendering:
You are able combine search sets created from any of the following functions within the product database.
The search sets are listed in the Search History table in reverse numerical order - the most recently created set is at the top of the table.
To combine two or more sets:
Set Combination Examples
#1 AND #2
Finds all records that appear in both set #1 and set #2.
#2 OR #3
Finds all records that are in set #2 and all records that are in set #3, including records common to both sets.
#1 AND #2 AND #4 AND #6
Finds all records that are common to all sets (#1, #2, #4, and #6).
Combine Compound Search with Other Searches
When combining a Compound Search with a General Search using the OR Boolean, the system combines the patent records found in the Compound Search with the patent records found in the General Search.
The results are surprising. For example:
Let us assume you perform a Compound Search for nickel (SYN=nickel) and find 197 compound results. If you click the Find All Patent Records button from the Compound Results page, the system returns 26,979 patent records.
If you perform a Topic search TS=(recharg* lithium batter*), the system returns 2,950 patent records.
Combine the two search queries using the AND Boolean: #2 AND #1 and the system returns 31 patent records.
Now combine the two search queries using the OR Boolean: #2 OR #1 and the system returns 29,898 patent records, which is:
Note: These numbers are likely to change as new patent and compound records are added to the product database.
Save History / Create Alert
This feature allows you to save your search queries to a search history file that you can retrieve and open at a later date.
Click the Save History / Create Alert button to go to the Save Search History overlay dialog where you can save your work to the host server or to your local workstation.
You can save up to 40 search sets from the Search History table. A search history contains the search query and the selected settings for each search query.
See also Save Search History
Open Saved History
From the Search History or Advanced Search page:
Dependent Sets: After you click Delete, the product checks for dependent sets. Selected sets that are not referenced in other sets are deleted. If, however, a set is referenced in a set that is not selected for deletion, the product returns the following error message.
In this instance, the product marks the Delete Sets check box of both the original set marked for deletion and the referenced set. You can either delete both sets or neither set.
Example 1: You create a set combination (set #3) that includes sets #1 and #2. You cannot delete set #1 because set #3 (the referenced set) is dependent on set #1. You can, however, delete both sets #1 and #3.
Example 2: You create a set (set #2) by using the Refine Results option from the Results page. You cannot delete this set because it is dependent upon the original parent set (set #1). You can, however, delete both sets.
Saving Search Queries
You can save up to 40 search sets from the Search History table. If the table contains more than 40 sets, then a message appears above the 40th row indicating that the sets below this point can be saved, but those at row 41 and above cannot be saved.