An abstract search is a search which is defined by pasting an abstract (or other piece of complex text) instead of using individual keywords.

How can I do an Abstract search?

To do an abstract search, click in the main search box, and then click on “Abstract search” on the right side. This then changes the search box to Abstract search function, saying “Paste your abstract here”. Copy and Paste and abstract into the search box, and then press “Enter” to search. The results are then displayed in the same way as with a keyword search. 

How does the Abstract Search work?

When searching using an abstract, the system examines the contents of the abstract for its key terms and phrases, and a search concept is then created from these. This search concept is then used to search the database for similar publications. 

When is an Abstract search useful?

An abstract search can be useful when an area of interest is hard to define by keywords only, or when a very specific area of research is the interest. Using an abstract which has a high level of technical detail and is very specific is more likely to give a small number of accurately matching results.