When searching for a title or a subject it is recommended to use
only a few significant words. It is usually not necessary to search
for the entire title or the complete subject heading (but it is,
of course, possible). It is also recommended to avoid very common
and insignificant words like articles, prepositions, etc.
The system is not case sensitive, i.e. it makes no distinction
between upper case and lower case letters.
At the moment truncation is not permitted but you can use the
operator OR to search for variants of a word, e.g. experiment
or experiments or experimental.
All searches result in a hit list beginning with the most recently
relevant titles. Articles and reviews may be found at the end
of the hit list. These search tips are valid for the regular SARDC
Database, as well as for the specialized databases and subject
bibliographies. Additional search tips may be found in the database
The implicit operator between search entries is AND and the same
is usually the case within individual search entries. (In the
case of publication and library codes the implicit operator is
OR). Except for the title entry, it is however possible to change
the operator within a search entry (but not between them).
Permitted operators are the following:
- AND All search terms must occur
- OR One or more of the search terms must occur
- NOT One or more of the search terms must not occur
- NEAR The search terms must occur adjacent to each other but
in any order