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    Simple search will find the records you are looking for most of the time. However, if you need to, you can include special symbols and words in the search box to refine your search results.

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    Basic search

    ExampleExplanationResults
    Text match soil chemistry Searches for records containing either the word soil or the word chemistry  Earthworms, plants and soil chemistry data
     Survey of bracken biomass, soil chemistry and other environmental factors
     UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) soil solution chemistry data: 1992-2015
     Soil profile and chemistry data in the Ankeniheny Zahamena forest corridor, Madagascar
    Phrase match "soil chemistry" Searches for records containing the phrase "soil chemistry"  Earthworms, plants and soil chemistry data
     Survey of bracken biomass, soil chemistry and other environmental factors
     UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) soil solution chemistry data: 1992-2015
     Soil profile and chemistry data in the Ankeniheny Zahamena forest corridor, Madagascar

    Search terms

    Search termExampleExplanationResults
    OR soil OR chemistry Searches for records containing either the word soil or the word chemistry  Pontbren neutron probe soil moisture data
     Soil water chemistry data from Climoor fieldsite in Clocaenog Forest
     UK lowland river chemistry
     Woodlands survey soil data 1971-2001
    AND soil AND chemistry Searches for records containing both the word soil and the word chemistry  Pontbren neutron probe soil moisture data
     Soil water chemistry data from Climoor fieldsite in Clocaenog Forests
     UK lowland river chemistry
     Woodlands survey soil data 1971-2001
    NOT soil NOT chemistry Searches for records containing the word soil but which does not contain the word chemistry  Pontbren neutron probe soil moisture data
     Soil water chemistry data from Climoor fieldsite in Clocaenog Forests
     UK lowland river chemistry
     Woodlands survey soil data 1971-2001
    These terms must be included in UPPERCASE - for example, NOT will work, not won't.

    Search symbols

    SymbolExampleExplanationResults

    - (minus)

    soil
    -chemistry
    Excludes words.  The example shown searches for records containing the word soil but which do not contain the word chemistry (same as NOT)  Pontbren neutron probe soil moisture data
     Soil water chemistry data from Climoor fieldsite in Clocaenog Forests
     UK lowland river chemistry
     Woodlands survey soil data 1971-2001
    + soil +chemistry Searches for records which MAY contain the word soil but MUST contain the word chemistry  Pontbren neutron probe soil moisture data
     Soil water chemistry data from Climoor fieldsite in Clocaenog Forests
     UK lowland river chemistry
    Woodlands survey soil data 1971-2001
    * tr*e

    Multiple character wildcard: searches for records which have any number of characters (including zero) in the position of the wildcard.

    tree, trace, true, tribe, trends, Trent, treatments, triplet, ...
    ? tr?e Single character wildcard: searches for records which have exactly one characters in the position of the wildcard. tree, true (but not tribe)
    ~ seabird~ Fuzzy search: searches for records that contain words which look similar seabird, seabirds, seabed
    When you search using symbols, don't add any spaces between the symbol and your search terms. For example, a search for -bird will work, but - bird will not.

    Search specific fields

    You can search specific parts of a record by entering a field name, a colon (':') and then your search term. For example, title:bird looks for records with the word 'bird' in the the record's title.

    There must be no spaces between the colon and your search term. For example, a search for title:bird will work, but title: bird will not.

    Search for phrases by enclosing them in quotes.  For example, title:"bird survey"

    Search termExampleSearches for
    title: title:Windermere Returns results which contain the word Windermere in the title of the data resource
    description: description:lake Returns results which contain the word lake in the description of the data resource
    lineage: lineage:estimate Returns results which contain the word estimate in the lineage of the data resource

    The terms above will match partial words. For example:

    title:temp will return titles containing temperature, temperatures, temporary, temperate, etc

    Search termExampleSearches for
    keyword: keyword:Wales Returns records which contain the keyword Wales
    organisation: organisation:Defra Returns records which contain the organisation Defra
    orcid: orcid:0000-1234-6789-000X Returns records which have authors with the ORCiD 0000-1234-6789-000X

    The terms above match only whole words. For example:

    keyword:rain will return records containing the keyword rain but not rainfall, raingauge, drain, etc

    To search partial words, you must include the wildcard character *. For example:

    keyword:rain* will return records containing the keyword rain, rainfall, raingauge (but not drain)
    keyword:*rain* will return records containing the keyword rain, rainfall, raingauge, drain, drainage, etc

    Search for authors

    Search termExampleSearches for
    authorName: authorName:Smith* Returns records authored by individuals named Smith
    authorAffiliation: authorAffiliation:"Newcastle University" Returns records whose authors are affiliated to Newcastle University

    Names in the EIDC catalogue normally contain spaces and punctuation (full stops, commas). Unfortunately, these can be used in many different combinations, for example:

    Smith, A.B.
    Smith A.B.
    Smith,   A.B.
    Smith,A.B.
    Smith, AB
    Smith, AB.

    To make sure that all matching possibilities are found, use the wildcard in place of spaces/punctuation. For example authorName:Smith*A*B* will find Smith, A.B. ; Smith,   A.B. ; Smith,A.B. ; Smith, AB ; Smith, AB. and Smith, A.B.C. (but not Smith B.A. or Smith, A.C.)

    Note: Because these are proper names, they are case sensitive - so authorName:Smith* will work but authorName:smith*, will not.

    Combining terms

    The search terms described above can be combined to create complex searches. For example:

    title:map AND title:Wales
    finds records with the both the words map and Wales in the title

    title:map AND Wales
    finds records with the word map in the title and which contains the word Wales anywhere in the record

    title:night NOT abstract:day
    finds records with the word night in the title but omit any records with the word day in the abstract

    title:wood
    finds records in which the title contains any word starting with wood (e.g wood; woods; woodland)

    Parentheses can be used to group terms:

    Wales AND (otter OR badger)
    finds records with the word Wales which also contains either the word otter or the word badger

    Parentheses can also be used to group field searches, for example title:otter AND title:Wales can also be written as title:(otter AND Wales)

    Administrative searches

    The following search terms are aimed primarily at metadata publishers and administrators

    Search termExampleSearches for
    state: state:draft Returns only results in the draft publication status. The three options are draft,pending and published
    identifier: identifier:fdc3fd67-a0bc-4e94-950e-9cabd4e636bb

    Returns the record with the metadata identifier fdc3fd67-a0bc-4e94-950e-9cabd4e636bb.

    Use with wildcards for partial matches e.g. identifier:fdc3fd67* or identifier:*a0c*

    view: view:public Returns results which are visible to the public user group.
    resourceIdentifier: resourceIdentifier:10.5285/xxx Returns results which have an identifier (such as a DOI) 10.5285/xxx
    resourceStatus: resourceStatus:Superseded Returns results whose data have been superseded. The options are Available, Embargoed, Superseded, Withdrawn and Restricted
    grant: grant:NE/R016429/1 Returns resources funded by grant number NE/R016429/1
    funder: funder:"Natural Environment Research Council"

    Returns resources funded by NERC

    Because funders' names contain spaces, enclose them in quotes. (funder:"Natural Environment Research Council" NOT funder:Natural Environment Research Council)

    Use with wildcards for partial matches e.g. funder:Natural* or funder:*Council

    Search is case-sensitive so funder:*council may not work but funder:*Council will