Advanced search guide

Wild cards

* = Search for any number of characters
eg. cat* will match cat, cats, cattle

? = Optionally match a single character
eg. colo?r will match color and colour

~ = similar to this word
eg oestrus~


  • A search cannot be started with a wild card eg. *cat is not valid.
  • Spaces will be used to separate words eg. Author search: Smith A* will find all authors named smith and all authors that start with the letter 'A'


You may use brackets in your query by selecting them from the drop down list

Quotation marks

You may you quotation marks " " around a phrase to search for an exact phrase eg. "respiratory tract"
Note that wild cards are treated literally if used within quote marks eg. "cat*" will search for "cat*" rather than cat, cats, etc.

Boolean operators

AND = find entries containing both phrases
eg. cat AND dog will find documents that contain both cat and dog

OR = find entries containing with term
eg. cat OR dog will find documents that contain either cat, dog, or both terms.
Note, articles containing both cat and dog will be shown first as it most likely that these articles will be most relevant

NOT = find articles containing one term but which explicitly do not include the second
eg. cat NOT dog will find articles containing articles with mention cats but which also do not contain the word dog.


  • SciQuest, at this stage, does not support the NEAR keyword
  • These two search are the same