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Search History Table

The Search History table appears at the bottom of the Advanced Search and Search History pages. Whenever you perform a search, the results of your search display in the Search History table.

What Does the Search History Table Display?

Set Column

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.

Green Highlighted Sets: You do not have to edit your saved searches and alerts created in an earlier version of the product. They will continue to run as you originally entered them. You can identify earlier search queries because they are highlighted in green. All new search queries, however, are governed by our new Topic and Title search rules and they are not highlighted.

For more information about our search rules, see Phrase Searching.

Gold Highlighted Sets: These are new sets created in the current version of the product. They reference sets created from an earlier version of the product in which the product found more than 100,000 records. The record count of the new set, however, may not be accurate. We suggest that you do not combine sets created in an earlier version if the set contains more than 100,000 records. Instead, create new set combinations to get an accurate count.

Results Column

Displays the total number of results retrieved, along with a link that takes you to the Results page.

Search History Details Column

Displays the following information for each search query listed in the Search History table:

  • Field tags
  • Search terms
  • Document types
  • Languages
  • Database(s)
  • Timespan

New Feature! The phrase "Refined by" will appear before each set that you create using the Search within Results, Refine Results, and Analyze Results options.

View Reference Selections

Click View Reference Selections to view the references that you selected for the cited reference search.

The cited references on this page show the name of the first listed author only, even if you found these references by entering the name of a secondary author when you searched the cited reference index. For example, suppose this was your cited reference search:

Cited Author=calvin w* AND Cited Work=science

You then selected the following reference from the cited reference index.

 19   . . .Calvin WM         SCIENCE          2000          287          107   

In this instance, the Cited Reference Selections page shows the following:

19   BROWN ME          SCIENCE           2000          287           107   

This occurs because Brown ME is the first listed author of the cited reference.

View Structure Drawing

Click the View Structure Drawing link to see the structure that retrieved the reactions or compounds in the set.

Note The drawing you see cannot be modified. To modify the drawing, or to create a new one, click Structure Search on the toolbar.

How To ...

  • Combine search sets
  • Save your queries to a search history file
  • Open a previously saved search history file
  • Delete search sets

Saving Search Queries

You can save up to 40 search queries from the Search History table. If the table contains more than 40 queries, 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.