Searching the Organizations - Enhanced List

This index allows you to search for preferred organization names and/or their name variants to add to your search query. You can select multiple preferred names and/or name variants.


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.

Entering Columbia Coll in the Find field in the search aid displays the preferred name Columbia University in the selection list. A search on this name returns records containing the preferred name and records containing the variant.


Browse Option

Click a letter (A-Z) or a number (0-9) to browse through a list of preferred organization names alphabetically or numerically. This feature is useful if you do not know the correct spelling of a preferred organization name. For example, click the J link to find:

  • Jabaton Hutan Sarawak
  • Jacskon Laboratory
  • Jackson State University
  • Jadavpur University
  • And other preferred names that begin with the letter J

Click the Details Details icon icon of a preferred name to go to a Details page where you can restrict your search to one or more name variants. This step is optional.


Find Option

  1. Enter a word or phrase in the Find text field. Wildcards (* $ ?) are permitted but Boolean operators are not.

  2. Click the Find button to search the list of preferred organization names. For example, if you enter ASU as the search term, the product finds the preferred names for organizations containing ASU. In this example, the search aid finds the preferred names:

    Appalachian State University
    Arizona State University 

  3. Click the Details Details icon icon of a preferred name to go to the Details page where you can restrict your search to one or more name variants. This step is optional.

  4. From the Results Page list, click the Add button to add one or more preferred organization names to your search query.

    From the Details page, click the Add button to add one or more name variants to your search query.

  5. Click OK to transfer the selected names to the Organization - Enhanced field on the Search page.

    If you are performing an Advanced Search, the product transfers the selected names to the search field box along with the OG field tag. For example, OG=(Arizona State University).

Note: The Find feature searches the following fields within the index: Organization Name, Other Names, Relationships, and Name Variants.


About Finding Preferred Organization Names and Name Variants

In some instances, an organization name can be a part of a variant for a different organization. For example, a Find search on Princeton Univ returns:

  • Institut Etudes Politiques Paris 
  • Pfizer
  • Princeton Physics Laboratory
  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers State University
  • Siemens AG
  • University of Oxford

If you select the Details Details icon icon for Institut Etudes Politiques Paris, the search aid contains the following variant: Sci Po Paris Princeton Univ.


Details Page

The Details page allows you to select from a list of organization name variants. Any or all of the following fields may appear on the Details page. If no data are available for a particular field, then the field does not display.

Organization Name

Displays the preferred organization name.

Other Names

Displays alternative organization names.


Displays the address or geographical location of the preferred organization name.


Displays the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for the organization's Web site.


Displays other preferred organization names related to the preferred organization name listed in the Organization Name field.

Name Variants

Displays all name variants associated with the preferred organization name. For example Johns Hopkins University lists:

  • Hopkins Bayview Med Ctr
  • Hopkins Bayview Med Crt Neurol Sleep Med
  • Hopkins Bloomberg Sch Publ Hlth
  • And many other name variants


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


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.