Advanced Search Examples

Search for records by using field tags, set combinations or a combination of both. Search operators and wildcards are allowed.


AU=Chen J* NOT AD=China

Finds records in which Chen J (including Chen, Jiaji; Chen, Jun-Yuan; Chen, Jian; Chen, Jian-Xiu; and so on) is an author, but excludes records in which China appears in the Address field.


AI=(A-1009-2008 OR 0000-0002-1553-596X)

finds records in which either the Researcher ID A-1009-2008 or the ORCID identifier 0000-0002-1553-596X appears in the Author Identifiers table.


AU=(Khan E* AND Dickinson J*)

Finds records in which both Khan E and Dickinson J both appear in the author list.



Finds records in which the term Geneva is included in the Notes field within a record.  For example:

Notes: Part 1 originally published in: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Planktonic Microfossils. Geneva. 1967[1969]: Volume 1


DE=(sphenodon punctatus SAME phylogeny)

Finds records in which the organism name sphenodon punctatus and the subject descriptor phylogeny are both found in the Descriptors Data table.


ED=Korczyn AD

Finds records of articles that were reviewed by this editor.


GP=Primate Society of Great Britain

Finds records of documents authored by the Primate Society of Great Britain.


IC=0-306-46187-0 AND TI=DNA

Finds a specific record of a book chapter with DNA in the title from a book whose ISBN is 0-306-46187-0.



Finds records of publications such as journals and electronic publications that contains this ISSN number in the ISSN field within a record.

The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) searches for periodical publications such as journals and electronic publications. If a journal has both a print ISSN and an electronic ISSN, then both display in the Full Record. The format is four numbers, a hyphen (-), three numbers, and then a check character that may be a number or X.



Finds records of books that contains this ISBN number in the ISBN field within a record.

The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) searches for books. It is a unique machine-readable identifier that marks a book unmistakably. The format is a 10-digit number that contains 3 hyphens (-). The last digit is a check character, which may be a number or an X. The position of the hyphens can vary for each ISBN identifier.


PU=(Wiley-Liss) AND ST=primates

Finds all records published by Wiley-Liss that contain the word "primates" in the Super Taxa field.


PY=2007 AND SO=Journal of Cell Science

Finds records of articles that appear in the Journal of Cell Science published in 2007.

When searching by publication year, you must combine the PY= field tag with another field tag using the AND or NOT Boolean operator.

Example: TS=cell growth AND PY=2007

When entering a range of years, restrict your search to five years or less; otherwise, processing slows down and the product returns too many unproductive results.

Example: TS=cell growth AND PY=(2008-2010)


SO=Nature AND TS=Amphibian*

Finds records of articles that appear in the journal Nature that contain the term amphibian.

SO=Nature AND TS=Amphibian* AND PY=2001

Finds records of articles published in the journal Nature in 2001  that contain the term amphibian.


SO=Odonatologica AND TI=damselfly AND PY=2000-2007

Finds records of articles from the journal Odonatologica published from 2000 to 2007 whose title contains the word damselfly.


SU=Computer Science

finds records in which this term appears in the Research Areas field of a Full Record. These records may also include other research areas such as:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Zoology

For a list of research areas, see Research Areas.


SU=Mathematical & Computational Biology OR SU=Mathematics

Finds records in which either or both research areas appear within the Research Area field in a Full Record. These records may also include other research areas such as:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Zoology
  • And more ...

See also Research Areas


SY=(Prymnesiida SAME fossil)

Finds records in which the organism name Prymnesiida and Fossil both appear in the Systematics Data table.


TA=primates AND DE=bipedalism

Finds records in which primates is in the Taxa Notes field and bipedalism is in the Descriptors Data table.


TI=succinic acid

finds records in which the terms succinic and acid appear in the title.

TI="succinic acid"

finds records in which the exact phrase succinic acid appears in the title.


TS=walrus AND BT=skeleton

Finds records in which walrus is the Topic term and skeleton is in the Broad Terms field.


TS=(sleep AND winter) AND #1 NOT #2

Finds all records containing the search terms sleep and winter that also contain the search terms found in set #1, but excludes all records that contain the search terms found in set #2.


TS=Monte Carlo simulation

finds records of publications containing the terms Monte, Carlo and simulation in any Topic field. The terms do not have to appear together in the same field.

TS="Monte Carlo simulation"

finds records of articles containing the exact phrase Monte Carlo simulation in a Topic field.



Finds the record that is associated with this unique accession number.


Finds all records that begin with this accession number. The use of the asterisk (*) wildcard after the last digit increases the number of results that the product returns. For example:

  • ZOOR14709067206
  • ZOOR14709067207
  • ZOOR14709067208
  • And so on ...



Finds all records that contain these characters in the accession number. Using both left-hand and right-hand truncation (before the first digit and after the last digit) increases the number of results that the product returns.


Field Tags
  • AD=Address
  • AI=Author Identifiers
  • AU=Author
  • BN=Biblio Note
  • BT=Broad Terms
  • DE=Descriptors
  • ED=Editor
  • GP=Group Author
  • IC=Identifying Codes
  • PMID=PubMed ID
  • PU=Publisher
  • PY=Year Published
  • SD=Subject Descriptors
  • SO=Publication Name
  • ST=Super Taxa
  • SU=Research Area
  • SY=Systematics
  • SY=Organism
  • TI=Title
  • TN=Taxa Notes
  • TS=Topic
  • UT=Accession Number


Search Query Rules
  • Each search term in the query must be explicitly tagged with a field tag. Different fields must be connected with search operators.

  • Extraneous spaces are ignored by the product. For example, extra spaces around opening and closing parentheses ( ) and equal (=) signs are ignored.

  • For set combinations, enter a number (#) sign before each set number in the query.

  • Only use SAME in Address searches. When used in other searches (such as Topic), SAME works exactly like AND.

  • The total number of search sets that you can create during a session is 200.


Search Tip

To search on the name AND, OR, NOT, NEAR, and SAME, enclose the name in quotation marks. Example: "Or"