Instructions for Using the Databases

Use the table of contents below to jump to the topic of interest.

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


Search Options

You may search the database using two options.

Basic Search allows you to search for any word or combination of words within a reference using a single query box. You may search within an entire reference or select one of the following fields: title, author, source, publication date, publication type, record ID or ISBN/ISSN.

Advanced Search allows you to search for any word or combination of words within a reference as well as by specific fields including author, title, source, record id or ISBN/ISSN. You may choose multiple fields by adding additional search fields. For additional information on Advanced Search, see Help with Advanced Search

Geographic Search allows you to search on a map-based interface by selecting a rectangle surrounding the area of interest. The default area is on coastal Antarctica and the map may be moved by clicking on the Move map option and dragging the map so that the area of interest is visible. The majority of the publications referenced in the database pertain to either the Antarctic or Arctic regions where few geographic names appear on the maps. Do not be alarmed by the lack of detail.


General Search Help

Search Tips shows the proper syntax to use when searching for words and phrases, along with examples of each technique. Topics include:

Other topics include how to use advanced search features such as the AND-OR-NOT droplists and how to search using a range (commonly used for searching dates).


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.


Title Field

Single words from titles may be searched separately or by using the Search 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 Boolean AND, OR, NOT or the proximity operator ~. See examples below.

Type this... To find...
Mesaverde Group a phrase (those words, in that order)
lead OR zinc either word (or both)
lead AND zinc items that contain both words (items that contain just one of the words will be ignored)
polar regions NOT mars "polar regions" but not "mars"
"forties field"~5 "forties" within 5 or fewer words of "field".

Author Field

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

Examples:

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.". To retrieve only smith, j.r., enclose the search string in quotes, e.g. “smith, j.r.”


Source Field

The source field contains 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 (EOS) or type a phrase (Journal of Geophysical Research) to find those words, in that order. To find variations of word stems, type an asterisk at the end of one or more words (sediment* hum*). Use the Boolean AND, OR, NOT and the proximity operator ~.

Type this... To find...
Waterways Experiment Station a phrase (those words, in that order)
U.S. OR United States either word (or both)
Water AND Resources AND Report items that contain all words (items that contain just one of the words will be ignored)
Army NOT Corps of Engineers "Army" but not "Corps of Engineers"
"forties field"~5 "forties" within 5 or fewer words of "field".

Record ID

The Record ID is a sequential number starting with 1 and may be used to find known items.


ISBN/ISSN

ISBN is the International Standard Book Number. It is either a ten-digit or a thirteen-digit number, e.g. 87-90145-66-6. It may be searched with and without the hyphens. ISSN is the International Standard Serial Number. It is an eight-digit number, e.g. 1040-6182.


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Limit Fields


Online Access -- when checked will limit your search to items that are online

Database – allows you to limit your search to either the Antarctic Bibliography or the Bibliography on Cold Regions Science and Technology

Publication Type – allows you to select only specific types of publications

Language – allows you to choose English or any other preferred language

Country – limits a search to publications originating in a specific country

Publication Year – limits a search to given range of years


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Display Options

Results are presented in Brief View. To see a more complete reference, click on the title. You may choose to select items for Email, Text, Export and Print. Export allows for references to be exported to citation managers.

If you have an account, you may add items to your favorites list and return later to review them. Search results can be further filtered by Suggested Topics, Online Availability, Database, Type of Publication, Author, Language, Country and Date.

If you expand an item to the full view, you have options to see suggested citations, text or email the item to a colleague, export the record and add it to favorites.

Similar items appear in both the Brief and Full views and are selected based on similarities with the references that you are viewing. In addition to Similar Items displays, a MARC record view is available with each full record view.


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Full-Text Availability

Where available, click on the Get full 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.