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MINABS Online - Search Help

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Search Options
General Search Help
Field Search Help
Display Options
Full-Text Availability


Search Options

You may search the database in several ways.

Search All Fields allows you to search for any word or combination of words within a reference.

Advanced Search allows you to search for any word or combination of words within an abstract as well as by specific fields including author, series, year of publication, year included in Mineralogical Abstracts, article number in Mineralogical Abstracts, etc.

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General Search Help

General search help shows the proper syntax to use when searching for words and phrases, along with examples of each technique. Other topics include how to use advanced search features such as the Browse buttons and how to search using a range (commonly used for searching dates). Use the table of contents below to jump to the topic of interest.

Searching

It's easy to find the information you want!

  1. Type query criteria. If you fill in more than one box, results must meet all criteria. Example: Find documents that contain the word "sandstone" AND have a file date of 8-15-04.
  2. Click Submit Query.
  3. Documents that meet your criteria are displayed as a report.
  4. To change the way documents appear, pick a form from the report droplist.

Finding words and phrases

Type the word you want to find (granite) or type a phrase (Minto Block) to find those words, in that order. To find variations of word stems, type an asterisk at the end of one or more words (elast* wave*). Use the symbols & / ! between words or phrases to represent Boolean AND, OR, NOT. Include a space before and after the symbol. Use the proximity operators w# (within) and p# (preceding) to find words near each other. See examples below.

Type this... To find...
Abitibi Belt a phrase (those words, in that order)
Cretaceous / Tertiary either word (or both)
Cretaceous & Tertiary items that contain both words (items that contain just one of the words will be ignored)
Nova Scotia ! Cape Breton "Nova Scotia" but not "Cape Breton"
Hecla p5 Formation "Hecla" preceding "Formation" by 5 words or fewer. You can include an asterisk * at the end of either word. Do not string together phrases (forties p5 oil field).
Island w5 Livingston "Island" within 5 words of "Livingston" (before or after). Do not include phrases.

Words joined by & / ! are evaluated in left-to-right order: ODP & DSDP / IPOD finds items that contain ODP and DSDP, or items that contain IPOD. Use parentheses to control evaluation order: red & (white / blue) finds items that are red and white or red and blue.

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Finding a date

To find a date, use any reasonable format, including but not limited to the examples shown below:

31-Dec-98 Dec 31, 1998 1998 Dec Dec 98 December 1998 12-98

Do not use a forward slash to separate date elements unless you surround the date with quotation marks ("12/31/98").

You can use the symbols & / ! between dates to do AND-OR-NOT searches. For example, May 1998 / June 1998 finds all dates in May or June 1998.

You can do less than, greater than, and range searches for dates (see below).

Doing "less than," "greater than," and "between" searches

You can search for items greater than or less than a certain value, or within a range. This is most commonly done when searching for dates, but may also be done when searching for values or text. Use the symbols shown below. When used with a partial date, these symbols search from the beginning of the date (first day of the month or year). A range consists of two values, low and high, separated by a colon. Include spaces around the colon.

Symbol Meaning Example
< less than (before) < 1998 finds dates before January 1, 1998
<= less than or equal to <= 6-15-98 finds dates on or before June 15, 1998
> greater than (after) > 1998 finds dates after December 31, 1997
>= greater than or equal to >= 500 finds values greater than or equal to 500
: between 1997 : 1998 finds dates from Jan. 1, 1997 through Dec. 31, 1998 (inclusive)
200 : 300 finds values between 200 and 300 (inclusive)

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Finding a term (exact, complete match)

A term is a complete item, with no additional text before or after. To search for a term, precede it with an equal sign (=). For example, =john smith finds only that complete term (does not find just "john" or just "smith" or that phrase embedded in other text).

Using the Browse Button

If a search box has a Browse option beside it you may click the button to see an alphabetical listing of the contents of that field. A new window will open, and you may begin typing the first part of a word into the box at the top of the form. The list will jump to the section that begins with the letters you entered. From there you may select entries by clicking on them or navigate through the list by clicking the arrows at the bottom of the form. Each entry you click is automatically added to your search on the Search page. After you have selected all of the entries you wish to search, click on Close Window. You will be returned to the Search page and the words you selected will be displayed in the search box.

Case and Punctuation

Case in query criteria is usually ignored (a search for joe smith finds Joe Smith). Punctuation is also ignored, except for the AND-OR-NOT symbols (& / !) and the colon for range searches ( : ). If you want these characters to be interpreted literally, use quotation marks ("C-13/C-12") or replace the punctuation with a space (C 13 C 12).

Reset Button

To clear query criteria, click the Reset button on the search form.

Submit Query Button

To start your search, click the Submit Query button.

Using Navigational Features

A successful search finds one or more records, which are displayed in your web browser as a report. Use the browser controls as you normally would, to browse, print, go back, etc. You can also:

  • Jump to other locations - Click links on the report to display more detail or jump to other pages.
  • Display additional pages - Click the Next and Previous buttons on the report page.
  • Utilize additional navigation options - Click the single left arrow (<) to move back one page. Click the double left arrow (<<) to jump back to the query page without clearing the last query.
  • Click the "New Search" button to return to the Search MINABS Online entry page, where you will have the option of conducting a new search.

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Field Search Help

Field search help shows you what information is contained in each data base field, and also offers examples on how to optimize your queries for searching these fields. Use the table of contents below to jump to the topic of interest.

Words in Abstracts Field/Words in Article Title Field

Single words from titles may be searched separately or by using the &, /, or ! operators.

Type the word you want to find (bauxite) or type a phrase (electron paramagnetic resonance) to find those words, in that order. To find variations of word stems, type an asterisk at the end of one or more words (elast* wave*). Use the symbols & / ! between words or phrases to represent Boolean AND, OR, NOT. Include a space before and after the symbol. Use the proximity operators w# (within) and p# (preceding) to find words near each other. See examples below.

Type this... To find...
Baffin Island a phrase (those words, in that order)
lead / zinc either word (or both)
lead & zinc items that contain both words (items that contain just one of the words will be ignored)
Hearne Province ! Alberta "Hearne Province" but not "Alberta"
University p5 Saskatchewan "University" preceding "Saskatchewan" by 5 words or fewer. You can include an asterisk at the end of either word. Do not use multi-word phrases with the p# operator (such as "University p5 British Columbia").
water w5 supply "water" within 5 words of "supply" (before or after). Do not use multi-word phrases with the w# operator.

Words joined by & / ! are evaluated in left-to-right order: water & wells / springs finds items that are about water and wells, or items that are about springs. Use parentheses to control evaluation order: water & (wells / springs) finds items that are about water and wells or water and springs.

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Issue Year Field

References can be searched by the year in which they were added to Mineralogical Abstracts by entering the year. References will be retrieved in the order in which they were added.

Article Number Field

References can be retrieved by the article number assigned in Mineralogical Abstracts.

Examples:

  • 0001
  • 1

In these examples, all of the references that appeared as the first article in each year of Mineralogical Abstracts can be retrieved.

Authors Field

Author names may be searched using last names or by entering the last name followed by the initials.

Examples:

  • smith
  • smith, j.
  • smith, j.r.

In these examples, "smith" will retrieve all of the forms that follow.

Searching "smith, j." will retrieve "smith, j.r." as well as "smith, j."

Journals Field

The Journals field contains the titles of serials, journal titles, meeting names, publishers, volume and issue numbers, report numbers and page numbers. Search single words or phrases as follows:

Type the word you want to find (Sinica) or type a phrase (Acta Geologica Polonica) to find those words, in that order. To find variations of word stems, type an asterisk at the end of one or more words (petrograph*). Use the symbols & / ! between words or phrases to represent Boolean AND, OR, NOT. Include a space before and after the symbol. Use the proximity operators w# (within) and p# (preceding) to find words near each other. See examples below.

Type this... To find...
Ontario Geological Survey a phrase (those words, in that order)
Sinica / China either word (or both)
Quaternary & Research & Tokyo items that contain all words (items that contain just one of the words will be ignored)
Royal Society ! London "Royal Society" but not "London"
Japanese p5 Association "Japanese" preceding "Association" by 5 words or fewer. You can include an asterisk at the end of either word. Do not use multi-word phrases with the p# operator (such as "Ontario p5 Geological Survey").
University w5 Kagoshima "University" within 5 words of "Kagoshima" (before or after). Do not use multi-word phrases with the w# operator.

Words joined by & / ! are evaluated in left-to-right order: water & wells / springs finds items that are about water and wells, or items that are about springs. Use parentheses to control evaluation order: water & (wells / springs) finds items that are about water and wells or water and springs.

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Sections Field/Subsections Field/Mineral Groups Field

References may be searched by large subject groupings or by mineral group. A list of sections/subsections and mineral groups may be seen by clicking on the browse option. Not all references have section/subsection and mineral group indicators. Mineral groups are extremely limited and apply only to a few silicates.

Year of Publication Field

Only the year of publication can be searched.

You can do less than, greater than, and range searches for publication dates (see below).

Doing "less than," "greater than," and "between" searches

You can search for items greater than or less than a certain value, or within a range. Use the symbols shown below. A range consists of two values, low and high, separated by a colon. Include spaces around the colon.

Symbol Meaning Example
< less than (before) < 1998 finds dates before January 1, 1998
<= less than or equal to <= 1988 finds dates on or before January 1, 1989
> greater than (after) > 1998 finds dates after December 31, 1997
>= greater than or equal to >= 1987 finds dates greater than or equal to 1987
: between 1997 : 1998 finds dates from Jan. 1, 1997 through Dec. 31, 1998 (inclusive)


Display Options

Results are presented in Table View. This view contains the Abstract Number and Title. To see a Full Record, you may click on the Abstract Number.

You may change your display option by clicking on the drop-down box at the top of the screen to obtain Full Record views. Full Record includes all available information and may contain a Text Online box that links to the full-text.


Full-Text Availability

Where available, click on the Text Online box to view full-text on-screen. Many publications are freely available on-screen and will be viewable in your browser. Other publications may be available if your institution has a current subscription. If your institution does not have a subscription, you will usually be able to view an online abstract and may be offered an option to purchase a publication.

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