Advanced Search Examples

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


AD=(Stevens SAME WI)

Finds records containing Stevens and WI in the same address.


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


AO=PSR 0531 +21 NOT AO=2CG 184 -05

Finds records containing the controlled astronomical object designation AO=PSR 0531 +21, but excludes the designation called AO=2CG 184 -05.


AU=Langdon AND AU=Nordin

Finds records of articles written by these two authors.

AU=Langdon T* AND PY=2005

Finds records of articles published in 2005 that were written by T. Langdon.

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


CH=Cu/sur AND CH=Y/sur

Finds records containing both Cu and Y as a surface or substrate.


CIX=light scattering AND CI=WKB calculations

Finds records containing both these classifications in the Controlled Indexing field of a record.


CL=A9760J AND CL=A9710R

Finds records containing these two classification codes in the Classification Code(s) field of a record.


ED=Korczyn AD

Finds records of articles that were reviewed by this editor.


IC=960 8052 86 6

Finds records containing this identifying code. The product searches the following field categories.

  • CODEN of translation
  • Inspec Accession Number
  • ISSN
  • ISSN of translation
  • Standard Book Number
  • Report Number
  • Contract Number
  • Patent Number
  • Original Patent Number
  • SICI (Serial Item and Contribution Identifier)
  • SICI of translation



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.


MI=(acoustics AND speech AND 2006)

Finds records containing these three items in the Conference Information field of a record.


SO=(Robotics and Autonomous Systems) OR SO=Robotica

Finds records containing articles written in either of these two journals.

SO=(Robotics and Autonomous Systems OR Robotica) AND TS=telerobot*

Finds records of articles published in Robotics and Autonomous Systems or Robotica in which the term telerobot (telerobots, telerobotics, etc.) appears.


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


TI=computer network* AND TI=robot*

Finds records containing the terms computer network (or computer networks, networked computers, etc.) and robot (or robots, robotic, robotics, etc.) in the title of an article.


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=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.


TS="solar power" AND PY=2003

Finds records containing the phrase solar power in a Topic field in records of documents published in 1999.

TS=(computer network* AND robot*) NOT TS=telerobot*

Finds records containing the term computer network (or computer networks, networked computers, etc.) and robot (or robots, robotic, robotics, etc.), but excluding records that contain the term telerobot (or telerobots, telerobotic, and telerobotics, etc.) in the following Full Record fields.

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Controlled Index
  • Uncontrolled Index
  • Classification Heading

TS=(wireless AND mobile) AND #1 NOT #2

Finds all records containing the search terms wireless and mobile as well as all records in set #1 but exclude records in set #2.


UI=humanoid robot*

Finds records containing the phrase humanoid robot, humanoid robotic, humanoid robotical, and so on in the Uncontrolled Indexing 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:

  • 7415794
  • 7415795
  • 7415796
  • 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
  • AO=Astronomical Index
  • AU=Author
  • CH=Chemical Data
  • CIX=Controlled Index
  • CL=Classification
  • ED=Editor
  • IC=Identifying Codes
  • MI=Meeting Information
  • PY=Year Published
  • SO=Source Title
  • SU=Research Area
  • TI=Title
  • TS=Topic
  • UI=Uncontrolled Index
  • UT=Accession Number


See also Searching Numerical Data Fields


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.


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