Help with searching


This page contains quick links to help you find answers to common queries and help regarding search and browse.


Quick Search

A quick search box is available at the top right of every page. A search returns a list of articles in order of relevance. A Quick Search will search across all content including Titles, Authors, Abstracts, Fulltext, and Keywords.

Users may then use filters to search within the results, refine their search further, or select just the content to which they have full text access.


Creating Advanced Searches

The Advanced Search page can be used to build more complex searches and to search specific fields (e.g. Title or Author). In addition, users may use Boolean operators in both the Advanced and Quick Searches.

Search allows use of Boolean operators (AND/ OR / NOT). By default a search on a string of words will return results containing the individual words, e.g. soilborne diseases is the same as soilborne AND diseases.

To search for an exact phrase use ("), e.g. "soilborne diseases" returns only results with these two words together in this order - an exact text match of the phrase.

Use (*) as a wild card. e.g. soil* will return searches containing soil, soils, soil-testing, soilborne etc; colo*r will return searches containing colour as well as color.

Basic algorithmic stemming is used to disregard some word endings, e.g. a search for city will automatically include cities.

Users may then use filters to refine the search further or select content they wish to view.


Filtering Search and Browse Results

Refine your search and browse results by using the filters on the left of the results page. You can refine by:

  • Author
  • Title
  • DOI
  • Figure Captions
  • Table Captions
  • Full text
  • Abstract
  • Date

You can also search across all ASHS published journals by using search to get a list of results. Once you’re in the results list there is an option to narrow search to within a specific journal.