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Quick search

The Quick search interface is located in the Search box on the home page of Analytical Abstracts. This search is designed to allow you to perform a limited set of searches and get results quickly.

Quick search

Free text search

You can search Analytical Abstracts using any text identifier. A general search will return any article that matches the search term in any of the following fields:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract
  3. Author name
  4. Journal name
  5. DOI
  6. Analyte/matrix/technique

For example, the search term ‘copper’ will return any articles where copper is mentioned in the title or abstract, or where ‘copper’ has been added as an analyte/matrix/technique keyword.

A quick search can also be limited to either analyte or matrix or technique keywords by selecting the appropriate radio button.

Browse by date

You can browse recently added records clicking the Browse by date button, which will display a drop down list of time periods.

For example, selecting the option Last week will display all records added in the previous seven days.

Browse by date

Browse by subject

You can also browse records according to subject category. Click the Browse by subject button, which will display a drop down list of eight broad subject categories, select the area of interest and click Go to return a list of relevant records.

Browse by subject

Please note that it is not possible to combine free text quick search and browse by date/subject using the Quick search box on the homepage. If you wish to combine search terms, please use the advanced search page.

Advanced search

The advanced search allows a tailored search of many Analytical Abstracts fields, including author name, bibliographic data and analyte/matrix/technique, and can be accessed by clicking the Advanced search button in the Search box on the homepage.

Advanced Search

Free text

User can toggle between a free text search of the article title only or article title and abstract using the radio buttons.

Analyte/matrix/technique keywords

Analytical Abstracts records have keywords for the analyte and/or matrix and/or technique added.

To add a keyword to your search, start typing in the box and matches will appear in the list below. Select a term to add to your search criteria. Only keywords present in the list can be added.

Keyword type

To add an additional term, click in the text box and repeat the process. When searching with multiple terms, an AND search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Analyte: copper; Matrix: soil’ will return all records classified as analysing copper in soil.

To remove a selected term from the search, click the × next to the keyword in the search box.

Multiple analytes selected

Subject category

All records have been classified into one or more subject areas. To select subject areas, click in the subject area box, select one or more subjects from the list and click Apply to add to your search criteria.

Subject category

Journal

To add a journal name, select it from the drop-down list. To see suggested journal names, begin typing in the box and matches will appear in the list below. Journal

To add an additional journal name, click in the journal name box and repeat the process. When searching with multiple journal names, an OR search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Journal: Analyst; Journal: J. Chromatogr., A.’ will return all records related to articles in Analyst OR J. Chromatogr., A.

To remove a selected journal name from the search, click the × next to the word in the search box.

Review articles

Searches can be limited to review articles only by ticking the ‘Review articles only’ box. Please note that this option will only return reviews added from September 2015. Reviews added prior to this date can be identified by searching for “review” in the free text box.

Author

Author names can be added using family name and/or given name.

To added additional author names, click the Add author link. When searching with multiple author names, an AND search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Author: Smith; Author: Jones’ will return all records related to articles that have both Smith AND Jones as authors.

To remove author names, delete the text from the box.

Date added

Records can be searched by the date that they were added to Analytical Abstracts. Please note that this date is different to the article publication date. Dates can be defined as ‘From’, ‘To’ or both.

For example, a search for ‘From: 2015-01-06’ will return all records added since 6 January 2015; a search for ‘From: 2015-01-06; To: 2015-01-23’ will return all records added between 6 and 23 January 2015, inclusive.

Important: When performing a search using multiple parameters, the individual queries are combined in an additive manner, which means that you will only obtain results where there are records that match all criteria.

For example, a search for ‘Analyte: copper; Author: Smith’ will return results for records with Analyte: copper AND Author: Smith.

Once you have entered your search parameters, click Search to run the required search. The form can be cleared at any time by clicking the Clear button at the bottom of the search page.

Viewing search results

Whenever you perform a search a new page will be displayed. This results page will show the number of results that were obtained and the search parameters that you specified, followed by the records returned by the search. The first 12 records will be displayed automatically; further records can be displayed by clicking the Show more bar at the bottom of the list. Results can be sorted by date or relevance.

The results list can be filtered by analyte, matrix, technique, date, author or journal by clicking on the appropriate filter in the boxes in the right hand column. Expanding the boxes will give more filter options. Filters that have been applied can be seen in the boxes at the right of the results page and in the search criteria box. To remove a filter, click the × next to the filter name in either location.

A shortened version of the record is given in the results list. Clicking on the record title will take you to the full record. Each record gives bibliographic details, analyte/matrix/technique keywords, subject classification and abstract text. The DOI link will take you to the original publication on the publisher’s site. Please note that some older records do not contain DOI links.

Bibliographic details can be downloaded from the results list page by selecting the required records, choosing the reference manager format required, and clicking Go to export.

Modifying searches

To quickly remove search criteria, click the × next to the word in the search criteria box. The list of results will automatically update. Alternatively, click the Change search criteria button to return to the Search screen where you can change the search parameters.

To start a new search, click the Create a new search button.

Saving searches

Searches can be saved by clicking the Save this search button in the search criteria box at the top of the Search results page. You will require an RSC ID account to save searches and must be logged in to use the save function. Saved searches can be accessed and modified on the My Analytical Abstracts page, which can be accessed by clicking the My Analytical Abstracts link located at the top right of each page.

Saving searches
Creating email alerts

A key feature of Analytical Abstracts is the ability to set up customised email alerts to match your research interests, notifying you when new records are added.

Important: You will require an RSC ID account to set up email alerts and must be logged in to create alerts. Alert settings can be accessed and modified through the My Analytical Abstracts page, which can be accessed by clicking the My Analytical Abstracts link at the top of any page.

Basic alert

To create an alert for all newly added records, click Create in the ‘Create an email alert’ box on the home page. You will be asked to name and save your alert.

Create email alert

Customising email alerts

To customise email alerts, click the Create a new alert button in the ‘Create an email alert’ box on the home page. Alerts can be tailored to several Analytical Abstracts fields, including author name, journal and reaction type classification.

Create alert

Free text

User can toggle between a free text search of the article title only or article title and abstract using the radio buttons.

Analyte/matrix/technique keywords

Analytical Abstracts records have keywords for the analyte and/or matrix and/or technique added.

To add a keyword to your alert, start typing in the box and matches will appear in the list below. Select a term to add to your alert criteria. Only keywords present in the list can be added.

Alert search

To add an additional term, click in the text box and repeat the process. When adding multiple terms, an AND search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Anayte: copper; Matrix: soil’ will return all records classified as analysing copper in soil.

To remove a selected keyword from the alert, click the × next to the keyword in the search box.

Multiple keyword type selected

Subject category

All records have been classified into one or more subject areas. To select subject areas, click in the subject area box, select one or more subjects from the list and click Apply to add to your alert criteria.

Subject category

Journal

To add a journal name, select it from the drop-down list. To see suggested journal names, begin typing in the box and matches will appear in the list below.

Journal

To add an additional journal name, click in the journal name box and repeat the process. When adding multiple journal names, an OR search will be performed, e.g. an alert for ‘Journal: Analyst; Journal: J. Chromatogr., A.’ will return all records related to articles in Analyst OR J. Chromatogr., A.

To remove a selected journal name from the alert, click the × next to the word in the search box.

Review articles

Alerts can be limited to review articles only by ticking the ‘Review articles only’ box.

Author

Author names can be added to alerts using family name and/or given name.

To added additional author names, click the Add author link. When adding multiple author names, an AND search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Author: Smith; Author: Jones’ will return all records related to articles that have both Smith AND Jones as authors.

To remove author names, delete the text from the box.

Alert results preview page

Whenever you set up a new alert, a preview page will be displayed before you save your alert. This preview page will show the number of results from the previous 12 months that match your alert criteria, the alert criteria that you specified, and the current records matching your criteria. The first 12 records will be displayed automatically; further records can be displayed by clicking the Show more bar at the bottom of the list.

A list of the analyte, matrix and technique terms, dates, authors and journals present in your results is given on the right hand side.

Important:This preview page is designed to give an indication of the variety of results that your alert criteria will return; it does not preview the exact content of subsequent email alerts. The content included in your email alerts will be determined by the content uploaded to Analytical Abstracts in the time period specified.

To save your alert without any modification, select the desired frequency from the drop-down menu and click Create.

Alert preview criteria

You will need to be logged into your RSC ID account to save alerts. The email address used for the email alert will be that associated with your RSC ID account. You can view and modify alert settings through the My Analytical Abstracts page, which can be accessed by clicking the My Analytical Abstracts link located at the top of each page.

To modify your alert criteria before saving, click the Change alert criteria button to return to the ‘Create alert’ page to change your parameters.

To create a new alert without saving the current alert, click Create a new alert.

Setting up email alerts from search results

Alerts can also be saved from search results. Using the ‘Create an email alert’ box on the top right of the search results screen, select the desired frequency from the drop-down list then click Create to set up your alert.

Create email alert
Viewing and modifying saved searches and alerts – My Analytical Abstracts

All saved searches and email alerts can be accessed through the My Analytical Abstracts link at the top of each page. You will need to be logged into your RSC ID account to access the My Analytical Abstracts page.

From the My Analytical Abstracts page, you can view and run recent and saved searches, manage saved searches and alerts and modify email alert frequencies.

Analytical Abstracts and the RSC ID

You will require an RSC ID account to save searches, set up email alerts and manage saved searches and alerts for Analytical Abstracts. The RSC ID is new integrated account with the RSC that is currently being rolled out across our sites. The email address associated with your RSC ID will be the email address that email alerts are sent to.

Further questions

Any further questions or comments can be directed to the Analytical Abstracts team. We welcome your feedback.

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