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.


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.


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.


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.


Field Tags
  • AD=Address
  • AI=Author Identifiers
  • AU=Author
  • DO=DOI
  • ED=Editor
  • GP=Group Author
  • PY=Year Published
  • SO=Publication Name
  • SU=Research Area
  • TI=Title
  • TS=Topic


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"