Advanced search

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

  Example Explanation Results
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 term Example Explanation Results
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

Symbol Example Explanation Results

- (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 term Example Searches 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 term Example Searches 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 term Example Searches 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 term Example Searches 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