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|If you are familiar with
the syntax for command line searching in SPIRES, you have the
ability to search all the SPIRES databases with this command
language. Please use the following as a refresher in how to
construct the find commands. You can send email to
for assistance in constructing a find command.
Examples of SPIRES
command line searches
find date 6/2000 or 7/2000 or 8/2000
find title physics and place paris
find date 2000 and place london
find date 2001 and not place canada
The format of the SPIRES FIND command is. . .
FIND index-name search-term(s) [
Boolean Operator index-name search-term ]
- FIND is the required word.
- Index-name is one of the indexes (see below).
- Search-term(s) is the word or words you wish
to search on.
You may search using the following full index names or
their abbreviations (listed in parenthesis).
CNUMBER (CN) TITLE (T) DATE (D)
Conference Number search. The
conference number is in the format CYY/MM/DD[.x]. Where
YY is the two digit year
MM is the two digit month
DD is the two digit date that the conference starts on
.x is optional for when there are multiple conferences
that start on the same date. The first conference would be ...05,
the second conference would be ...05.1, then ...05.2, etc.
find cnum c00/04/02.1
Title search. It is enough to know
only one word from a title, but a search will often be more
efficient if you type more than one word. The order of title-words
in your request is unimportant. Do not use commas to
separate the words. (e.g., find title neutrino physics). Examples:
find title cp violation
Place/Location search. Enter any
words from the address, city, U.S. State, Providence, or country
that you know. If the conference is in a small town or suburb,
enter the nearest large city. Examples:
find place geneva
Date search. You can restrict your
search to either a date range with a beginning date, or an ending
date or both. You would use the index name date and then
add the qualifiers afterwards. If you give one date, it will
search the starting dates of the conferences for that date. For
example, find date 2000 will find all conferences in the
year 2000. You can also use operators to give a range. Shown are
find date 2000
find date 2/2000 or 3/2000 or 4/2000
find date after 2/1/2000 and date before 3/1/2000
find date >= 1/2000 and date <= 2/2000
A more complicated search may be entered using the logical
operators and, or, and and not. For example,
typing find date 2000 and place canada yields all conferences
in Canada during the year 2000. Typing find title neutrino and
not date <= 1999 will find all conferences with neutrino in the
title that are after the year 1999.
The truncation symbol, #, may be used for some indices if
the spelling of a word is not known or if a more general search is
desired. For efficient searches, it should be used sparingly, and
only with the following indices:
PLACE (PL) TITLE (T)
Enter a SPIRES Search Command
|You can sort your result
set by date. You can either sort it chronologically, where
the oldest entries come first, or reverse chronologically, where the
newest entries come first. You can also choose to do no sort, which
will be faster and the entries will generally be in chronological
order, but not guaranteed.
Sorting on the Search Form
There is a pull-down menu for how to sort. The default is at
No Sort but you can choose from the pull down menu another
You can have two different views of the conference information in our
databases. We have a full view which shows all the fields in the
database, but only displays 25 conferences on a page at one time. We
also have a short view which only shows the title, location and
date of the conference, but this view will display upwards of 300
conferences per page at any one time.
FULL Conference Display
8th International Conference On Heavy Ion Accelerator
|5-9 Oct 1998,
SPIRES Conf Num: C98/10/05.4
Conference Services: Argonne: Bldg 201: 9700 South Cass
Avenue: Argonne, IL 60439
Proceedings: HEAVY ION ACCELERATOR TECHNOLOGY: Proceedings.
Edited by Kenneth W. Shepard. Woodbury, N.Y., American Inst.
Phys., 1999. 592p. (AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 473)
SLAC Library holdings:
Papers in SPIRES-HEP submitted to the Meeting/Conference
What Information is Displayed
When the information about a conference is displayed, we only
display that data which we have. So not all fields are displayed on
each conference. Below is a mock-up of how a full record would look
with all fields.
Conference DATE, LOCATION (city, country)
SPIRES Conf Num: Conference NUMBER
Conference Address Information - contact info, name, address,
Email address(es) of Conference organizers
Conference Proceedings Information
Link to SLAC Library Catalog if owned by the SLAC Library
Link to the papers listed in the SPIRES-HEP Database, usually
appears after the conference
Conference URL: Link to the web site for that conference
SHORT Conference Display
There are two ways to view conferences in the short display. You
can check the box on the search form for Short Display. When
viewing conferences there is also a link at the top of the page for
Display Records in Short which will display up to 300 records
on one page in our short view. Here is what a record will look like.
||15th IAP Meeting On Galaxy
Dynamics: From The Early Universe To The Present
9-13 Jul 1999, Paris, France
What Information is Displayed in the SHORT Display
When the information about a conference is displayed in short, we
only display a small amount of data so that we can display up to 300
conferences at one time. This allows you to view more data in a
shorter format. Below is a mock-up of how a short record would look
with all fields.
Conference Dates, Conference Location
to full record
Large Result Set
If you get more than 25 conferences in your result set, there will be
links to the rest of the result set members at the top and bottom of
each page. Here are descriptions of what the links mean.
- First. This will bring you to the beginning of your result
set and the first record displayed will be the first conference in the
result set. This link will bring up results 1 to 25.
- Previous 25. This will get you to the previous group of 25
conferences in the result set. If you are viewing results 51 to 75,
then this link will bring up results 26 to 50.
- Next 25. This will get you to the next group of 25
conferences in the result set list.
- Last. This will get you the last group of conferences in
the result set. This is the bottom of the list.
If you want to refine your search, there is a box at the bottom of
the screen with your search command in it. You can either refine that
search and press the enter key. Or you can click on Search
Conferences link at the top and bottom of the page to go back to the
search page. Your find command is displayed at the top of the page as a
reference to which search you ran.