Welcome to the "Performing a Basic Search" online tutorial.
The Basic search form is designed to guide you in creating a useful search.
If offers more options than Quick Search to expand or refine your search request.
For more details in creating a basic search request, Basic Search Tips are available in the online Help.
To access a search form, click the Search button.
Each source type has its own search form designed specifically for that type of publication.
If you are logged in a personal session, you can add the search form to your Quick Links.
Using the Journals search form, you can restrict your search to a specific type of journal document.
Use the All Sources search form to search one or more source types with one search request.
To access the All Sources search form, click the All Sources tab.
The Basic tab on the right identifies the basic search form.
For an example, let's search for articles related to morphine treatments for pain.
Enter the terms or phrases which must appear in the documents retrieved.
Select the document fields in which the terms must appear.
In this example, we want to search for morphine treatments in the Abstract, Title, and Keywords fields only.
To search additional terms or phrases and additional fields, select a connector from the AND drop-down box.
Enter the additional terms and select the fields in which the additional terms must appear.
Select the source type(s) you want to search.
For our example, let's search Journals and Books.
Select one or more subjects in which the documents' content must be categorized.
Let's select Medicine and Dentistry for our subject category.
Select a publishing date range or All Years of the documents to search.
For our example, we're looking for current and new articles, so let's select 2003 to Present as our date range.
Then click the Search button to execute the search.
Additional search features are available.
If you are not logged in a personal session, you will be prompted for your user name and password.
To review a list of previously saved searches, click the Recall Search button.
To build your research or search in stages, click the Search History - Turn On link.
When Search History is turned on, search requests and their results display in the Search History table.
From the Search History table, you can re-display the resulting document list of a specific search request, rerun a search, or edit the original search request.
You may also combine selected search requests in the Search History table to broaden or further restrict a search request.
Search requests which were executed from the same content area can be combined.
Search requests which can be combined appear in the Search History table with the first column shaded and a check-box for selection.
Other options are available when Search History is turned on.
You can save a Search History record.
You can recall a previously saved Search History record.
You can clear a Search History record.
You can print a Search History record.
For more information about performing a Basic Search and utilizing the Search History feature, go to ScienceDirect's online Help and select a related topic from the Help Table of Contents.
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