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Field Name Label Search Examples & Explanation
Abstract  AB AB(renaissance)

Where available, we use abstracts included on the original journal table of contents, without modification.
Accession Number AN AN(356894)

Search the unique database ID for articles and documents.
Anywhere   (Libor OR Euribor)    

Enter keyword(s) without a field code label to search the entire record.
Anywhere except full text ALL

ALL(modern dance)     


ALL/NOFT searches for keywords in the citation and abstract. It is a full record search, but does not include a search on the full text. The following fields are searched: Author Name, Abstract, Title, Publication Title, ISSN, Publication subject, Country of Publication and Publisher. 
Author AU AU(Kinsley, Michael)     

Finds documents written by a particular author. 
Country of publication CP CP(France)            

Search for documents from journals published in a particular country.
Document Text FT FT(beat generation)    

Search for keywords in the body of the document. The abstracts are not included in this search.
Document Title TI TI(multiculturalism)    

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the document.
Document Type DType DType(review)   

Use this to find specific document types such as articles, back matter, front matter and reviews.
Identifiers/Keywords IF IF(politics) 

Use this to find documents relating to a particular keyword. Identifiers/keywords are automatically generated article keywords (using machine indexing).
International Standard Serials Number ISSN ISSN(00228877)     

This search field looks for the eight digit International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), where available. Hyphens are optional.
Issue ISS ISS(3)     

Use to search the issue number of a publication. 
Language  LA LA(Spanish)       

Use to locate the original language of the document. 
Pages PG PG(232)    

Use this field to search for a specific page an article was published.
Publication date PD PD(19951201)   

Use to find a specific publication date. Can be searched as:   

 (YYYY) = 1989                                 (YYYYMMDD) = (19951201)

 (YYYY and month) or (month and YYYY)= (1989 and Nov) or (Nov 1989)

The use of <, >, and – are supported to specify before or after a specific date and a date range.
(<1850) or (>1995) or (1939-1945)
Publication frequency FQ FQ(monthly)

Use to search for the particular frequency of the publication.
Publication section SEC SEC(reviews)

Search for documents in a specific section of a publication.
Publication subject  JSU JSU(archaeology)

Use the Publication subject search field to look for documents about a specific subject.  
Publication subject terms conform a list of 37 subject areas. You can see them all in the Look up or in the “About” page. See also the box on the left in this page.
See the Identifiers/keywords entry for additional information about article indexing.
Publication Title PUB PUB(The Spectator)     

Search for a specific publication.
Publication title (includes title history) PUBALL PUBALL(“Quarterly Review of the Rural Economy”)

Searches across all title variants within a journal run. In this case, a search for Quarterly Review of the Rural Economy will also retrieve results from the former title, Quarterly Review of Agricultural Economics, and vice versa. If you use the Publication title field instead (PUB) it will only find articles for that particular journal run.
Publication year YR YR(1945)

Use to find a specific publication year. 
Publisher PB PB(Sage)      

Use to search for the journal publisher. 
Source type SType STYPE(scholarly)     

Use to find a specific source type such as scholarly journals or magazines.
Volume VO VO(24)    

Use to search for the volume of a resource. Use in conjunction with the Issue field to create a more precise search query.