This system includes a powerful search capability designed for ease of use. You can quickly identify articles of interest using a number of different search options. Search results are automatically ranked based on their relevance to your query.
You can search from the journal tables of contents pages by using the search box and pull down menu located at the top of the pages.
The search box and pull-down selections on the main journal index page allows you to search in All Fields, the Author Name, Article Title, or the Abstract field. If you prefer to use a search form, click on the Search link located on the Journal Index page to initiate a query.
The search box and pull-down selections located at the top of the Journal Categories pages allow you to search the named fields and to select just the category you are browsing or All Electronic Journals in your collection.
The search box and pull-down selections on the journal issues, article, and abstract pages allow you to search the named fields and to select just the journal you are browsing or All Electronic Journals in your collection.
Click on the Submit button to initiate a query.
If you prefer to use a search form or place other limitations on your queries, use the Search button in the navigation bar located at the top or bottom of each page to initiate a query using a search form. You can also reach the search forms by using the links available on many ScienceServer pages.
You can also search using Simple, Advanced, or Expert
Search form. The Simple Search Form enables you to search the entire collection based on a
combination of the text of the title, the authors' names, the article abstract and/or the
full text of the article. The Advanced search offers these same options but gives you the
ability to specify more detail and limit a search to a given category of information. The
Advanced Form provides the capability to perform a search using Boolean expressions.
ScienceServer returns all articles that match the query
terms. By default, titles are ranked in
If the number of results exceed your Documents per Page setting (the default setting is10), links to the remaining results pages display above your results.
Use the similar documents icon located next to each search result to find articles similar to the corresponding title.
It's important to know some basic search concepts, and the
types of queries that you can perform using this system.
These are the fields available from the Simple Search form. Click on the down arrow next to the text box to select from the available fields:
Here are some example results from this author search:
All punctuation (other than a hypen or apostrophe) is treated as a space separating different terms. So, for author name searching, it makes no difference whether you use punctuation or spaces to separate the last name and first name or initials.
If multiple terms are entered, ScienceServer looks for the occurrence of those terms only within the specified field of an article. AND is the default operator for terms entered within a field, meaning that all of the query terms in a field must be present for a match to occur. Your institution has the capability to configure the default search operator within fields.
Use fielded searches as a convenient tool to refine your search technique. It is especially suited to goal-oriented searching where users are familiar with the subject matter.
Choose terms that you think will occur in the document. As
you enter more query terms, the search becomes more precise and youre more likely to
find articles of interest. As in most information retrieval systems, upper or lower case
letters may be used as queries are case insensitive. All punctuation is treated as a space
separating different terms.
You can see from this summary that both "in" and
"the" are not used when conducting the search. You can use this summary to help
focus your queries.
Use parens ( ) to indicate the order in which you want to evaluate search terms. For example, blood AND brain OR barrier in a single field, returns results that contain both terms, "blood" and "brain", or the term "barrier". If you want to get the results for the single term "blood" and then the terms "brain" OR "barrier", you can use parens like this -- blood AND (brain OR barrier).
Term completion is supported by placing an asterisk (*) at the end of a word. This is also known as a wild card search. For example, using compu* as a search term results in matches with compute, computer, computing, compulsory, compound or any other word that begins with the base term.
Use NEAR to perform a proximity search, to find terms that are located near each other within a document. The default value for the near term proximity search is 10. You can refine the number of words if you wish. When you use NEAR, the order of results is based on how closely together the keywords are located in the returned matches. For example, "coral" NEAR "reef" finds the terms located near each other, in any order within a document.
Click on Search from the Navigation Bar to get to the Simple
Search form. The Simple Search form consists of a text box and a drop-down list of search
fields. If your institution loads more than one database, the database list also
shows on this form. You may select any or all of the databases for your query.
The search interface has been designed for ease of use while providing access to
the most frequently used search functions.
This is how to perform a search using the simple search form:
You can clear the search box by clicking on the Reset button.
If you want to further refine your search, use the Advanced or Expert Search form.
Click on the link located on the tab for the advanced search form. The Advanced Search form works just like the Simple Search form, but gives you an additional entry box for fielded data and selections for filtering and sorting results. AND is the default search operator within a field. Select the search operator for use between fields.
The Advanced Search form allows you to restrict your search
to selected journal categories via a scrolling text box. Use Ctrl-Click to select
multiple categories. These categories are set up by your institution, so it's
important to check which journals are included in each category. As an example, a medical
researcher can limit searches to relevant categories to reduce the possibility that a
search for "AIDS" returns hits from articles discussing training aids.
The Advanced Search form allows you to limit a search by publication date using these options:
If you don't set any of these options, the software searches without date restrictions, searching all data in the collections.
You may select the number of Documents per page for the results pages. This option allows you to set how many documents display for each results page. It does not affect the total number of results, as all search results are returned for each query.
Use Sort documents by to select your
preference for displaying search results. Results may be listed by relevance, by date,
with newest publications at the top of the list, or with the oldest publications at the
top of the list, or by author, sorted alphabetically by author name. By default, results
This is how to perform a search using the Advanced Search form:
Clear the search fields by using the Reset button.
Click on the link located on the tab for the Expert Search form. The Expert Search form works just like the Advanced Search form, but allows free text entry using Boolean operators. Users can construct their own queries using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT, AND NOT, NEAR, ADJ). After constructing a query, select the appropriate search field. Category selection and standard filtering and sorting options are available for results pages.
This is how to perform a search using the Expert Search form:
Clear the search fields by using the Reset button.
When you search for a term, matches are displayed in the form of hypertext links to the articles. Note that the top of the page displays your query term(s) and the local database, along with the total number of articles returned. If results take more than one page, you'll see links to the remaining pages.
|Click on the find
similar documents icon
next to each article name to search for documents that are similar to that article.
Click on any of the results page links to go directly to that page.
Each title represents an article that matched your search terms. The relevance ranking score is shown for each title. The beginning sentences of the article abstract display under the title. This feature is configurable on a site-wide basis and may not be configured for your site.
Select the link to the Bibliographic page to see the article presented in a concise format that includes authors' names, addresses, ISSN number, and the complete text of the abstract. This page also includes references and forward references when available. If full text is available for an article, you'll also see links to the Article Full Text HTML (where available) and to the Article Full Text PDF. External Full Text links and OpenURL links display on systems where configured. Select the viewing option that you prefer.
Use the check boxes located beside each article title to compile your search results into a list of those you're interested in viewing. Simply click on the box next to articles you're interested in, then click on the Save Checked button located above the search results. This option operates on a per page basis.
At the end of the Search Results page, you'll find a link to
detailed information about your query.
Note: The system must be able to
identify individual users to enable this feature. If your institution uses IP addressing
for database access, rather than per user authentication, this feature is not available.
Saved Searches Defaults:
When you have completed the form, click on the Save the Settings button.
Note: This system must be able to identify individual users in order to enable this feature. If your institution uses IP addressing for database access, rather than per user authentication, this feature is not available.
Researchers accustomed to electronic archives frequently
develop a standard set of queries that they use to periodically search a collection. To
maximize efficiency, you can store queries for later use. The queries are identified
through a query name which recalls the search terms and options so that you can just click
on a hypertext link to rerun the query.
Heres how to keep a query in permanent storage:
A message confirms when the search is successfully saved. If you want to automatically reuse a query name, you must check the box beside the option that allows you to do so. Otherwise, a message warns you about overwriting the name.
You can schedule saved searches to run automatically and to deliver the results to you through email (these are called Alerts). This is accomplished on the same page that you use to save your search. To schedule a search to execute automatically and send you the results:
This information, along with the information provided in My Settings, gives the system the information it needs to deliver query results to you automatically.
A message confirms that the search was successfully saved. If you want to automatically reuse a query name, you must check the box beside the option that allows you to do so. Otherwise, a warning message appears when you try to reuse a query name.
View your Alerts and saved searches by clicking on the Alerts button on the navigation bar. The queries listed on this page are the result of a user request to save a search. Each saved search is identified by a name and description of the search, both specified by the user (on the form above), along with the search terms and the creation date.
Remember that actions on this page affect the alerts that you receive through email.
There are no limits on the the number of Alerts that you can create. If you want to be notified when a new issue for a particular journal is available, just browse to the Volume/Issue page for that title and click on the link, New Issue Alerts: Add this Journal.
The capability to save an article as an alert is available from either the Bibliographic Page or the Full Text HTML Article Page.
On any article page, click on the Save as Citation Alert link to save the article as an alert. Clicking on the link on either of the article pages displays the page that allows the user to save the citation as an Alert. The software automatically adds the selected citation to this page. The user must specify a Search Name, select the Search Frequency and the delivery method. Click on the Save Alert button to save the citation as an alert. A message verifies the action.
Saved Citation Alerts are stored with other alerts on the Alerts and Saved Searches page. Click on Alerts from the navigation Bar to view all Alerts. Run, edit, suspend, or delete alerts using the links provided with each.
While examining search results , you can select and collect articles of interest into a subset for later review. Select an article by clicking in the box next to the title. After making selections, click on the Save Selected link above the results listing to save the articles. A dialog box lets you know that the articles have been saved.
Clear selections by clicking on the Clear All link above the articles listing.
You can refine your selections further by clicking on the View Selections link and view the articles you've collected at any time by selecting My Articles from the navigation bar.
Remove articles from your selected list by clicking in the box next to the title and clicking on the Remove Selected link above the list of titles. You can remove all of the titles from this list by clicking on the link to Remove All. If you log into this system with a user name and password, My Articles saves your selections permanently so that you can use the list from session to session.
If you do not log into this system with a user name and password, all of the features of My Articles are available for your use, but the list is not saved permanently. You should consider that all articles that remain on the list when you finish your session are viewable to the next person to use the system. For this reason, you should always clear your list when finished. Clear the list by selecting the Remove All link while in My Articles.