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Natural Science Collection: Searchable Fields

Thesaurus

The Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) Thesaurus, EIS Controlled terms, GeoRef Thesaurus, Life Sciences Thesaurus, MeSH 2016 Thesaurus, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Terms, Pollution Thesaurus, ProQuest Thesaurus, Taxonomic Terms (Latin Names of Organisms Vocabulary), Technology Terms, Water Resources Abstracts Thesaurus are used to index the ProQuest Natural Science Collection subject field. 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, Command Line. 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.

To use the thesaurus, select the Thesaurus link from the Advanced, Command Line. Mark the items that you would like to search and then select the appropriate Boolean operator to combine your items. Click the Add to search button and your terms will be placed into the search form. From there, run your search to include the subject terms (adding additional search fields and terms if needed).

Searchable Fields

Search Field

Corresponding Field Code

Example

Abstract

AB

AB(food)

Accession number

AN

AN(1713554) - searches both the ProQuest document ID (applied to all documents) and the 3rd party document ID (applied to some databases, such as PsycINFO).

Author

AU

AU(smith)

Document feature

DF

DF(maps)

Document text

FT

FT(food)

Document title

TI

TI(food)

Document type

DTYPE

DTYPE(literature review)

ISBN

ISBN

ISBN(3-926608-58-7)

ISBN(3926608587) (hyphens optional)

ISSN

ISSN

ISSN(10673881)
ISSN(1067-3881) (hyphens optional)

Issue

ISS

ISS(23)

Language

LA

LA(french)

Location as subject

LOC

LOC(france)

Person as subject

PER

PER(smith)

Publication date

PD

Year, month, day:
PD(YYYYMMDD) -> PD(19900504)

Year and month:
PD(nov and 1990)
PD(YYYYMM) -> PD(199011)

Year only:
PD(1990)

Publication year

YR

YR(2005)

Publication title

PUB

PUB(wall street journal)

Source type

STYPE

STYPE(newspapers)

Subjects

SU

SU(higher education)

Last update date

LUPD

LUPD(20110504)

Volume

VO

VO(85)