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Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI): Searchable Fields

An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities

Look Ups and Browseable Indexes

Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) offers three Look ups or browseable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a exhibition--this is especially helpful since IBA has non-English content. Look ups are available for the following searchable fields: author, publication, and subject/artist For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right. 

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link).

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection.


The DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index Thesaurus is available from the Advanced Search form. Subject terms are found in the subject field and this field is part of the searchable fields table to the right. Subject terms are also commonly known as descriptors, controlled vocabulary, and sometimes classification terms.

The thesaurus allows you to find subject terms to narrow or broaden your search and is available from the Advanced and Command Line forms.  If you want to run a search on a subject, but you do not know what term to use, use the thesaurus to search the controlled vocabulary. A hierarchical display is available and will give suggestions on the appropriate subject terms to add to your search.

If the Explode feature is available, this will allow you to search for the sub-topics of your particular search term as well.  When there is an icon next to the search term, it indicates that there are sub-topics.  

Searchable Fields

Field Name


Search Examples & Explanation




This will reveal all results with ceramics in the abstract.  

Accession Number



Searches both the ProQuest document ID (applied to all documents) and the 3rd party document ID (applied to some databases)




Enter keyword(s) without a field code label to search the entire record.




AU(croci, valentina)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author; Look up available.

Document Feature



Use to search for features in an article such as charts, diagrams, illustrations, and photographs.

Document Title



TI(handmade paper)

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.





This search field looks for the eight digit International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), where available. Hyphens are optional.

Publication Title




Use to search by a specific publication or publications; Look up available.




Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject; Look up available.

Summary language



This field contains the language or languages in which the abstract is written.




Provides information on when the information was last updated.  Can use just year or year/month/date.