A system administrator has optimized Named-based search settings. However, if additional adjustments are needed, please exercise caution when changing search settings or consult your liaison librarian.
Most search settings will be set as follows:
• Name= Last, First 2 initials (Ex. Smith JC)
• Address= Northwestern University
• Other Identifiers were linked if available (Examples include: Researcher ID and Scopus Author ID)
If users are not seeing their publications, or are seeing too many publications, the search terms may need to be modified. Follow the steps to modify the search settings:
Please exercise caution when changing advanced name-based search settings or consult a liaison librarian.
Specific article IDs
Specific article IDs can be used to retrieve individual articles that can't be harvested using name-based search settings. For example, add a PubMed ID and click on the green plus button. Then save at bottom of the page and “run my searches.” The PubMed ID will bring the publications in the Pending Publication List. The individual PubMed IDs will be cleared from the page, so as not to narrow any future search. (Link for assistance finding PMID…)
Source-specific name-based search terms
Search by name: This controls which databases are searched for name-based terms. To turn off name-based searching for a specific database, or all of them, uncheck the “Search by name” box next to the desired database(s).
Please note: Turning off name-based search terms will not necessarily disable all searches if the author has claimed author identifiers (such as a Scopus author identifier or ORCID) under Automatic claiming.
Also: If a database has been deactivated using named-based searching, but is searched using an author identifier (such as an ORCID), the searched database will appear in the Status section at the top of the page.
Simple mode: This default mode is the alternative to advanced mode. Unless there is an express need for an advanced mode search, simple mode searching should suffice. This mode searches databases which are checked in the “Search by Name” column using the name-based search terms provided in section above, such as:
(name OR name) AND (start date) AND (address OR address)
Please note: Elements is not able to restrict results based on a relationship between a single author and a single address term. In other words, in the search statement AU=Smith, JS AND AD=Cambridge, Elements will retrieve any record where there is anyone named "Smith, JS" and any address term "Cambridge."
Advanced Mode: This mode can be very useful for creating extremely targeted searches, such as the kind that can retrieve items published with Group Authorships. In this case it is necessary to create a Boolean query to search a specific database. Common reasons for doing this include when an additional name variant is used only by this database, or when you want to define a more limited range of journals.
To search with advanced mode:
Use default search terms (simple mode only): If a user needs to edit search terms for a specific database but prefers not to use advanced mode, they can do so with the “Use default search terms” option.
To override the default search terms: