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Searching the Organizations-Enhanced Field

Search for preferred organization names and/or their name variants from the Preferred Organization Index.

Enter complete names or partial names using wildcards (* $ ?). When searching for multiple preferred names or multiple name variants, separate the names using the OR Boolean operator.

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Search Field versus Search Aid Results

Typing a name variant in the search field does not always return the same number of results as selecting a name variant from the search aid.

For example, entering the variant Columbia Coll in the search field returns all records that contain Columbia Coll anywhere in the Addresses field.

Selecting the variant Columbia Coll from the search aid adds the preferred name of the organization to the query (Columbia Coll AND Columbia University) and returns more precise and accurate results than a search on Columbia Coll.

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Organization-Enhanced Example

A search on a preferred organization name returns all records that contain the preferred name and all records that contain its name variants. For example, a search on Cornell Univ returns all records that contain the preferred name (Cornell Univ) and all records that contain the variants, such as:

  • Cornell Clin Trials Unit
  • Cornell Coll Human Ecol
  • Cornell Coll Med
  • Cornell Coll Univ
  • Cornell Coll Vet Med
  • Weill Cornell Med Coll
  • And other name variants of Cornell Univ

A search on a name variant returns all records that contain only the variant. For example, if you enter Cornell Law Sch as the name variant, the product returns all records that contain Cornell Law Sch.

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Organizations - Enhanced List

Select the search aid to go to the Organization-Enhanced List where you can view and select preferred organization names and/or their variants.

Selecting the preferred name from the search aid generally returns more precise and accurate results.

Selecting a variant from the search aid executes a search that includes the preferred name and the variant name.

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Searching - Preferred Name

Selecting a preferred name from the search aid, or entering a preferred name in the Organization-Enhanced field, returns all records with addresses linked to the preferred name.

For example, the preferred name Columbia University returns all records that include Columbia Univ and any of the variants in the address of a record such as:

Yale Univ, New Haven, CT 06520 USA
Columbia Univ, New York, NY 10027 USA

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Data in the Organization-Enhanced List

Due to timing differences between when records are loaded and when the search aid is refreshed, you may not see a particular name variant. Likewise, a variant may be listed in the search aid but retrieve no records because the address in the record has been corrected.