Search Techniques

For Literature searching

  • Keywords
    • Boolean operators
      • AND (for combining different concepts, finds fewer results)
      • OR (for combining synonyms, finds more results)
      • NOT (for removing irrelevant results that use the same term)
    • Phrase searching (“gene editing”)
    • Truncation (multi*)
    • Example:
      • nanomaterial* AND ("artificial enzyme" OR "enzyme-like" OR "enzyme mimic")
  • Synonyms (CRISPR, Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats)
  • Author search
  • Author keyword search
  • Controlled vocabulary
  • Similar/Related articles
  • Citing/Reference tracking
  • Review articles
  • Citation Counts
  • Search History

For Drug identification

  • CAS registry number
  • Pubchem ID
  • Substances (Pubmed)

For Patent information

  • WO Patent number (WIPO)
  • US Patent number (USPTO)
Content last reviewed: January 2, 2019