Advanced Search Examples

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


AD=(Northern Forestry Centre AND Edmonton AND Canada)

Finds records containing the names Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, and Canada in the Address field of the record.


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=(Morton S* AND Smith)

Finds records of articles written by these two authors.


AU=Morton s* and PY=2002

Finds records of articles written by S. Morton and published in 2002.


BD=(geology AND soil science)

Finds records containing broad terms and descriptors such as geology and soil science.


CCO=(AA000 AND BB500)

Finds records containing CABICODE AA000 (Agriculture - General) and CABICODE BB500 (History and Biography) in the CABICODES field of the record.


CF=New Zealand Society of Animal Production

Finds records of all conference proceedings held by this organization.


CR=(458-37-7 AND 10102-43-9)

Finds records containing the CAS registry numbers for nitric oxide and curcumin.


CT=Environmental Protection Agency OR EPA

Finds records containing either the full agency's name or the agency's initials in the Conference Information field.


DE=(woodlands AND grasslands) NOT TS=prairie*

Finds records containing the descriptors woodlands and grasslands but excludes records containing the word prairie.



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.



Finds this record containing this accession number that you entered in your search query. The Accession Number is a unique CABI record identifier.

Use the asterisk (*) wildcard to search for multiple accession numbers that begin with the first few numbers that you enter. For example, PA=193511001* finds every record that begins with 193511001.


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=Australian Journal of Ecology AND TS=lizard*

Finds records in which articles written in the Australian Journal of Ecology contain the search term lizard (or lizards).


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.


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=(sul*ur AND denitri*)

Finds records containing the search terms sulfur (or sulphur) and denitrification (or denitrify, denitrifying, 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=(maize AND tillage) AND #1 NOT #2

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


TS=wheat AND #1

Finds records that contain the word wheat within the results of set 1.


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
  • BD=Broad Descriptors
  • CF=Conference
  • CR=CAS Registry No.
  • DE=Descriptors
  • ED=Editor
  • GP=Group Author
  • PA=Accession No.
  • 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

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