Searching the Identifying Codes Field

Searches the following fields within a record.

  • Accession Number (FSTA Number)
  • ISSN
  • ISBN
  • Patent Number

Enter one or more codes connected with search operators (AND, OR, NOT). Enter complete codes or partial codes using wildcards (* $ ?).


Left- and Right-hand Truncation

Both left- and right-hand truncation are allowed when using wildcards (* $ ?) when searching for Identifying Codes. You must enter at least one characters after a wildcard when used at the beginning of a word.


Identifying Codes Search Examples

  • 2003-Av1028 finds the record with this accession number.

  • 0015-6639 finds records of articles that have this ISSN identifier.

  • 1-56676* finds records of articles that begin with this ISBN identifier. For example:

    • 1-56676-892-6
    • 1-56676-929-9
    • 1-56676-969-8
  • *9086* finds records of articles that contain these four numbers anywhere with an ISBN identifier. For example:

    • 9789086861286
    • 9789086861187
    • 9086860087
  • GB 2 448 106 B finds this patent record.

  • EP 2 364 599 A1 OR US 2011/0223291 A1 finds these two patent records.


About the ISSN Identifier

The International Standard Serial Number is a unique eight-digit number that identifies periodical publications such as journals and electronic publications.

The format is four numbers, a hyphen (-), three numbers, and then a check character that may be a number or an X. Example: 0015-6639


About the ISBN Identifier

The International Standard Book Number 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. Example: 2-7380-1000-8