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ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts

An accessible version of the Searchable Fields table is available below.


Field Name Label Search Examples & Explanation
Abstract  AB AB(habitat destruction)

We use the journal-provided abstract with little or no modification, or have members from our editorial team write an abstract from scratch, drawing on the articles text and concepts. Our team's goal is to make the article's point as clearly and succinctly as possible. To search for the exact phrase, put search terms in quotes, like AB("habitat destruction")
Accession Number AN AN(1765993945), AN(PQ0002637155)

Searches the unique ProQuest Document ID (example 1) or the ASFA accession number (example 2) for articles and documents.
All Fields (Anywhere) ALL ALL(habitat)

Search in all fields in the citation and abstract.
Alternate Title OTI OTI(Les Eaux Modales du gyre subpolaire de l'Atlantique Nord)

Before, it was called “Original Title” : to search non-English Titles.
Author AU AU(Fivelstad, Sveinung)

Use to find documents written by a particular author.
Author Affiliation AF AF(Brest)

Use this field to retrieve documents associated with a particular institution.
Classification CC CC(D 04030: Models, Methods, Remote Sensing)

The classification codes and descriptions are broad subject headings that are specific to various databases. Classification Codes are a fast way to precisely target a search by topic, geographical area, or article type
Conference CF CF(chlorinated dioxins and japan)

This field provides the name of the conference and where and when it occurred.
Corporate Author CA
CA(université Bretagne occidentale)

Used to search the Corporate/Institutional author.
Digital Object Identifiers DOI DOI("10.1186/s40068-016-0057-2")

Search for documents with DOIs using the DOI search. Always put the DOI in quotes to find the relevant document.
Document Title TI TI(chlorella vulgaris production enhancement)

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.
Editor ED ED(Brian, J)

Used to search Scientific coordinator.
Environmental Regime ER ER(marine)

Used to search for the Environmental Regime.
Input Center, ASFA TR TR(if*)

Search the records produced by an input center :

Enter the code and * (ie: CS* is used for Proquest) (IF* is used for Ifremer). 
International Standard Book Number ISBN ISBN(9608792614)

This search field looks for the 12 and 13 digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN), where available. Hyphens are optional.
International Standard Serials Number ISSN ISSN(0960-3115)

This search field looks for the eight digit International Standard    Serial Number (ISSN), where available. Hyphens are optional.
Keyword/Identifiers IF IF(“axenic rhizoids”)

To search the researchers’ keywords, or identifiers, or vernacular terms of species.
Language  LA LA(Spanish)       

Used to search the Language of Publication and the Summary Language
Location  LOC LOC(UK)

Search for a specific geographic area or location.
Notes NT NT(docelec)

Use to find the resource location before Feb 2011. After Feb 2011 the resource location is within the URL (see also field “Supplemental Data – SD”).
“Other numbers”

Called “Identifier/keywords” in the reference
NU NU(ifremer)

Used to search the reports (report, number, document number, patent number). Note that all reports don't necessarily have a number.
Publication Date PD PD(20160501)

PD(YYYYMMDD) or PD(YYYYMM) or PD(YYYY)
Publication Title PUB PUB(ecological modelling)

Used to search for a specific publication.
Publication Year PY PY(2000)

Use to find a specific publication year
Publisher PB PB(Elsevier Science)

Used to retrieve documents from a specific publisher.
Subfile SFL SFL(ASFA 2: Ocean Technology Policy & Non-Living Resources)

ASFA is actually one big database that is a collection of five subfile databases.
Subject Heading(All) SU SU(Habitat)

Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject. It will retrieve anything to do with the subject keyword being searched. For example, doing a search for the subject heading of “habitat”, it would find articles if the subject was habitat, habitat selection, habitat factors or habitat improvement.

Searching the SU field will also include a search in the single fields Keyword/identifier (IF) and Taxonomic term (TXTERM).
Summary Language SL SL(German)

Used to search the summary language in a specific language.
Supplemental Data (see also NU) SD SD(Incl. bibliogr: 12 ref.)

Before February 2011, this field was called NOTES (see also field “Notes – NT”)
Taxonomic Term TXTERM TXTERM(Thunnus thynnus)

Search for a field of science that encompasses description, identification, nomenclature, and classification.
Update UD UD(2016), UD(201505)

Used to retrieve all records added during a specific database update. The structure of the field is YYYYMM. Searches also in the field “Last updated”.
URL RL RL(ifremer)

Used to search for the URL of an institutional repository.
Volume VO VO(100)    

Volume of a resource.