||For a known article, type author name and title in the main search box - or copy/paste from a citation.
||Example : block bioenergetics of captive yellowfin tuna
||Start with keywords in the "All fields" search; add more keywords to refine.
||In articles+, adding more keywords to your search is often more effective than using facets.
||Enter your search in lower case or mixed case, never in ALL CAPS
||Some upper-case words in your search may be interpreted as Boolean operators or field codes and will cause the search to fail.
||For authors with common names, searching last name, first name brings the most relevant results to the top.
||Example : cornell, eric rather than eric cornell
||Combine specific field searches using field codes: AU = Author; TI = Title; SU = Subject; SO = Journal/Source
Example : AU block, barbara SO science
Also available : AB = Abstract; IS = ISSN; IB = ISBN
||Stopwords are disregarded, even in quotes.
||Searching for a title that contains only stopwords ("to be or not to be") is not possible. Try another approach: by author, subject, or by going directly to a topic-specific database.
||Not every source provides values for every facet; Geography in particular.
||Selecting facets (e.g., “Mexico” in the “Geography” facet) can exclude relevant items from your results simply because the items are from a source that doesn't provide that metadata.
||Result counts are approximate; exact duplicates are removed from search results.
||A facet or result count may indicate there are more articles on a topic than the final result list actually delivers after de-duplication.
||Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT (upper-case) can be combined with parentheses.
||Example : tuna (yellowfin OR bluefin)
||Search for non-English titles in quotation marks.
||This helps ensure that non-English words like "su" and "de" are not interpreted as search codes.
Use wildcards to search for spelling or word variations
- * for multiple letters
- # for 0 or 1 letter (useful for British/American spellings)
- ? for 1 letter
|Example : comput* (finds computer, computing, computation)
Example : colo#r (finds color, colour)
Example : ne?t (finds next, nest, neat... but not net)
Remove "et al" and year+vol+issue+pages from citation searches.
Copy/pasted citation searches are very effective, but some details can make them fail. Most commonly:
- "et al" for an author list
- number/issue details for the journal.
Monllor Hurtado, Alberto, et al. "Shift in tuna catches due to ocean warming." fails
Monllor Hurtado, Alberto "Shift in tuna catches due to ocean warming." is successful