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Search Tips for the Research Projects Database

 

Quick Search      

 

Users can perform a simple search by selecting from seven different fields (keyword, full text, title, date, abstract, investigator, and project number) and choosing the Any Words, All Words, Exact Phrase, or Custom Boolean options. Results are not case-sensitive.

 

Advanced Search

 

Allows users to perform several search strategies in addition to quick search such as:

 

  • Quick Search box with selection from Agency drop-down box
  • Quick Search box with selection from Food Safety Category drop-down box
  • Quick Search box with selection from both the Agency drop-down and Food Safety Category drop-down boxes
  • Agency drop-down box and/or Food Safety Category drop-down box only
  • When selecting two or more Food Safety Categories, selecting OR retrieves all projects that are tagged with at least one of the categories selected
  • When selecting two or more Food Safety Categories, selecting AND retrieves only projects that are tagged with all the categories selected

 

Search Tips and Examples

 

All Words 

  • For finding projects that include all of the words typed in the quick search box

 

Example:

 

Type: salmonella poultry

 

Retrieves projects that each contain salmonella AND poultry

 

Any Words 

  • For finding projects that include at least one of the words typed in the quick search box

 

Type: salmonella poultry

 

Retrieves projects that either contain salmonella OR poultry or both

 

Exact Phrase

  • For finding projects that contain the set string of characters

 

Type: salmonella enteritidis

 

Retrieves projects that contain “salmonella enteritidis”

 

 

Custom Boolean

  • For finding projects using a combination of all word, any word, exact phrase, and more:

 

  • Adding a plus sign {+} to the beginning of a term/phrase will retrieve projects that include the term/phrase

 

Type: +salmonella +poultry

 

Retrieves projects that contain both salmonella AND poultry

 

  • Adding a minus sign {-} to the beginning of a term/phrase will retrieve projects that DO NOT include the term/phrase

 

Type: +salmonella -preharvest

 

Retrieves projects that contain salmonella and DO NOT contain preharvest

 

  • Enclosing a phrase in double quotations will retrieve projects that contain the set string of characters

 

Type: +”escherichia coli O157:H7” +meat

         

Retrieves projects that contain “escherichia coli O157:H7” and contain meat

 

 

  • Enclosing multiple terms/phrases in parenthesis will retrieve projects that contain at least one of the terms/phrases. Add {+} or {-} in front of the parenthesized expression to include or exclude the projects related to the expression. It is synonymous with an OR Boolean operator.

 

Type: +”escherichia coli” +(beef cattle “farmed animal species”)

 

Retrieves projects that each contain “escherichia coli” and beef

Also retrieves projects that each contain “escherichia coli” and cattle

Also retrieves projects that each contain “escherichia coli” and “farmed animal species”

 

  • Adding a dollar sign {$} to the end of the last term or phrase will retrieve projects according to what was entered in the search box as well as all projects tagged with the selected food safety category(s).

 

Selected “contaminants and contamination” Food Safety Category

 

Retrieves projects that contain salmonella and poultry

Also retrieves all projects tagged with the “contaminants and contamination” category

 

Truncation may be used to retrieve variations in word endings. The asterisk (*) can represent no extra characters, a single extra character, or multiple extra characters. Can be used for all search types – All words, Any words, Exact phrase, and Custom Boolean.

 

          Examples:

 

  • Model* - model, models, modeling
  • Salmonell* - Salmonella, salmonellosis
  • Spongiform* - Spongiform, Spongiforme (British spelling)