Search Help

This page should help explain how the publication list search works. If you want a more automated way of searching you can try the advanced search. Which provides a more complex interface without explanations. If you are looking to convert the BibTEX citations into EndNote, there are conversion tools on the EndNote Support Website.

Searching Publications list with Regular Expressions

This matches the text (both upper and lower case), before processing it from the LaTeX format into HTML (see the unusual character table below). If you search in 'Authors' for 'Harrison.*Schmitt' it will find everything that first matches 'Harrison' and then later matches 'Schmitt' (like where Harrison as a second author on a paper where Schmitt was third author). Note that this is different from 'Schmitt.*Harrison' which would match everything where 'Schmitt' came first. But if you want articles authored by either Harrison or Schmitt you would write '(Harrison|Schmitt)'. If you want all of the articles authored by both Harrison and Schmitt you would write '(Schmitt.*Harrison|Harrison.*Schmitt)'. Please note that whitespace is not used in searches. For more about how to do regular expressions please see the Wikipedia Article.

The period character '.' is a wildcard to match any chracter (like the Unix commandline '?'). The asterisk '*' matches the previous any number of times (plus '+' matches 1 or more times, while '?' means match 0 or 1 times), so '.*' means match as many characters of anything as possible (roughly equivlent to the '*' wildcard from the Unix commandline.

BibTEX/LaTEX Formatting

Because the source database is a BibTEX file (see bibtex_help.php) , everything is formatted that way. This means that only ASCII characters are used meaining that complicated characters like δ are represented as they would be in LaTEX. For example, if you are planning searching for the author 'Aléon', you will have to search for the name formatted in LaTeX (which would be 'Al\'{e}on', but since a single backslash is used in things like \d (any digit) and \. (a literal period), a backslash must be indicated by two backslashes. So a search that would work would be 'Al\\\'{e}on'.

Another result of the BibTEX format is that titles must have bracket characters '{}' around all upper case letters. In order to get around this in searches, the title is appended to the end of the existing citation (but with all brackets removed).

Keyword and Author name seperation

For purposes of searching both the keywords and the author names are seperated by semicolins(;). Therefore if you search the author 'Harris' without a semicolin at the end like: 'Harris;' you will get results for 'Harrison' as well. Likewise if you have two or more authors with the same first initial, like: 'Krot' you can indicate their first inital by using the match not character '[^;]'. Then 'A[^;]*Krot' will be diffrent from 'T[^;]Krot'. This is done on the External User List page and automatically on the summary pages.

Unusual characters and formatting with associated LaTeX and HTML format
Character Name Example LaTeX of Example HTML of Example Example Search XML Javascript
Degree Sign °N $^{\circ}$N °N \$\^\{\\circ\}\$N ° \u00B0
Superscript 206Pb $^{206}$Pb <sup>206</sup>Pb \$\^\{206\}\$Pb
Subscript H2O H$_{2}$O H<sub>2</sub>O H\$_\{2\}\$O
Percent Sign 20% 20\% 20% 20\\% &#37; \u0025
Ampersand & \& &amp; &#38; \u0026
Delta δ or Δ $\delta$ or $\Delta$ &delta; or &Delta; \$\\delta\$ &#948; or &#916; \u0394 or \u03B4
Epsilon ε or Ε $\epsilon$ or $\Epislon$ &epsilon; or &Epislon; \$\epsilon\$ &#949; or &#917; \u0395 or \u03B5
Per million parts $\permil$ &permil; \$\\permil\$ &#x2030; \u2030
Acute Accent Aléon Al\'{e}on Al&ecute;on Al\\\'{e}on Ale&#769;on Ale\u0301on
Grave Accent Albarède Albar\`{e}de Albar&egrave;de Albar\\`{e}de Albare&#768;de Albare\u0300de
Umlaut Accent Müller M\"{u}ller M&uuml;ller M\"{u}ller Mu&#776;ller Mu\u0308ller
Tilde Accent ñ \~{n} &ntilde; n&#771; n\u0303
Cedilla Accent ç \c{c} &ccedil; c&#801; c\u0321
Circumflex Accent â \^{a} &acirc; a&#770; a\u0302
Plus or Minus sign ± $\pm$ &plusmn; \$\\pm\$ &#177; \u00B1
Micro or Mu sign µ $\mu$ &micro; \$\\mu\$ &#181; \u00B5
Less than sign < $<$ &lt; \$<\$ &#60; \u003C
Greater than sign > $>$ &gt; \$>\$ &#62; \u003E
sigma or Sigma sign σ or Σ $\sigma$ or $\Sigma$ &sigma; or &Sigma; \$\\sigma\$ &#963; or &#931; \u03C3 or \u03A3
Greater or equals sign $\geq$ &ge; \$\\geq\$ &#8805; \u2265
Less or equals sign $\leq$ &le; \$\\leq\$ &#8804; \u2264
Approximatly sign $\approx$ &asymp; \$\\approx\$ &#8776; \u2248
Multiply sign × $\times$ &times; \$\\times\$ &#215; \u00D7
Infinity sign $\infty$ &infin; \$\\infty\$ &#8734; \u221E
Not Equals $\neq$ &ne; \$\\neq\$ &#8800; \u2260
Partial Differential $\partial$ &part; \$\\partial\$ &#8706; \u2202
Non-breaking Space ' ' '~' &nbsp; &#160; \u00A0
Swung Dash (tilde like) $\sim$ &#8275; &#8275; \u2053
Right Double Quotes " &#8221; &#8221; \u201D
Left Double Quotes `` &#8220; &#8220; \u201C
Right Single Quotes ' &#8217; &#8217; \u2019
Left Single Quotes ` &#8216; &#8216; \u2018
Minus Sign −5 $-5$ &minus;5 &#8722;5 \u2212
Em Dash --- &#8212; &#8212; \u2014
En Dash -- &#8211; &#8211; \u2013
Hyphen - &#8208; &#8208; \u2010
Ellipsis \ldots &#8230; &#8230; \u2026
pi or Pi π Π $\pi$ or $\Pi$ &#pi; or &Pi; &#960; or &#928; \u03C0 or \u3A0

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