Index Search User Manual

Simple User Interface

The simple user interface is just meant to help you to start with the index search. It is recommended to use the complete user interface, once you are familiar with the basic terms.

The simple user interface allows you to enter search terms in the five fields and combine those with AND, OR, and NOT. Each input field can search in one of the indexed fields (see complete user interface for a list of available fields).

Empty input fields will be ignored. You can check "case-sensitive" to use the case-senstive search for all fields. The default is to match independent of case.

Complete User Interface

Either after searching using the simple user interface, or by disabling the simple user interface using the checkbox "Use simple search", you can enter a query using the complete user interface. The syntax is basically the same as for Entrez:

  • Search terms in double quotes (use single quotes for case-sensitive matching)
  • Possibly followed by a field name in square brackets (defaults to [DESC] if omitted
  • Search terms can be connected with AND, OR, or NOT and grouped using brackets

For example "Lang Rensing" [REF] AND 31337 [ACC] will return all hits where Lang and Rensing are authors and 31337 is part of the accession. Note that this is equivalent to Lang[REF] AND Rensing[REF] AND 31337[ACC]. If you want to search for Lang or Rensing, you'll have to use something like Lang[REF] OR Rensing[REF] AND 31337[ACC]. "Lang Rensing" will also match entries with LANG and rensing, if you want case sensitivity, you will need to write 'Lang Rensing'[REF], i.e. single quotes instead of double quotes.

Possible fields are:

ACCAccession numbers
DBDatabases referenced in dbxrefs (for GO:O2346234 this would be GO)
DBREFThe other part of dbxrefs (O2346234 here)
DESCThe description line
DOMAINThe description and the note fields of DOMAIN features
REFauthor, title, and location from reference features
SIMdescription field of similarity features
CATcategory field of similarity features
SRCall fields of the source feature, but not the note field
SRCNOTEsaid note field
COMMENTall comment features
ALLSearch all above indexes


In the following example, the fields that will be searched by the single categories are marked:


In case of ambiguities or problems with the index search and/or the documentation, do not hesitate to get in contact with the staff:

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