Help Topic: Advanced search

The Advanced Search facility allows you to refine your searches to increase the relevance of your search results. The following search criteria can be used in an Advanced Search query:

Search On - using the drop-down boxes on the left hand side you can choose to search any of the following fields:

Anywhere - this allows you to search across all fields.

Full Text - searches only the main text of an article.

Article Title - searches in the title text.

Author - searches author names.

Affiliation - searches author affiliations listed in articles.

Abstract - searches only within the abstract of an article.

Search For - type your search terms here.

Using the AND, OR, AND NOT boxes

Use these boxes to construct more complex searches.

Some examples:

Searching for Author: Clark AND Anywhere: influenza will find all articles that contain the word influenza by all authors whose name is Clark.

Searching for Author: Clark OR Anywhere: influenza will find all articles that contain the word influenza and all articles by authors whose name is Clark.

Searching for Author: Clark AND NOT Anywhere: influenza will find all articles by authors whose name is Clark except those that contain the word influenza.

Searching for Abstract: influenza AND NOT Author: Clark will find all articles that contain the word influenza in the abstract, except those that are by an author whose name is Clark.

For searches on more than two terms the search is bracketed.

Example:

Anywhere: influenza AND Author: Clark OR Anywhere: epidemiology AND Title: community will search for (((Anywhere: influenza AND Author: Clark) OR Anywhere: epidemiology) AND Title: community) - which will find all articles that contain influenza that have Clark as an Author and community in the title and all articles that contain the word epidemiology and have community in the title.

Other ways of refining your search

Journals - by default the search is across all journal content on Cambridge Journals Online. This box allows you to narrow your search to specific journals. Use the list* to select the journal(s) you want to search across.

Limit your search by date

You can also refine your searches by publication date. (Note: the publication date is the cover date of the journal issue.)

From - select the earliest publication month and year from the drop-down menu.

To - select the latest publication month and year from the drop-down menu.

Searches can also be filtered for certain criteria and you can control how the search results will be displayed:

The Miscellaneous menu allows you to remove certain types of content from the search results: book reviews, front matter and back matter. Clicking on the 'Only search journals you have full access to' box allows you to remove from the search results any articles that you do not have full-text access to.

Specific article type - allows you restrict the article types to be displayed by choosing from a drop-down menu*

Fields to be returned - allows you to choose from a drop-down menu* which fields you would like displayed on the search results page

Once you have specified all your search criteria and search filters, click 'Search'. You can click 'Reset' at any time in order to clear the form.

*To select multiple items from any list hold down the Ctrl key (PC) or Apple key (Mac) while selecting items from the list.

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