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The following guide describes the commands for performing searches on Everglades Online, a database produced by the Everglades Information Network, a collaborative project of Florida International University Libraries and Everglades National Park.

Everglades Online is hosted on Florida's WebLUIS system by the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA). Visit the WebLUIS Search Guide page for general system commands.


  1. Search types

  2. Retrieving the Resource


  3. Request help from the EIN Librarians


Author or Personal/Corporate Name Search

Use the author search to retrieve records by a particular author or by any person, corporate body, or conference directly or indirectly responsible for creating or sponsoring the resource.

A= (the specific search)

Use a= if you know the correct form of the personal or corporate name. The format for a personal name search is a= last name, first name. Corporate names are typed directly. Assume right truncation. Examples:
a=doren, robert
a=south florida ecosystem restoration taskforce

KA= (the keyword name search)

Use ka= if you are not sure of the correct form of the personal or corporate name. Type as many or few of the words as you know. Use a '?' for right truncation. Examples:
ka=stoneman mar? (to search "Marjory Stoneman Douglas")
ka=park service (to search "United States. National Park Service")

Title search

Use the title search to retrieve the main title of resources, related titles, and series titles.

T= (the specific search)

Use t= if you know the correct form of the title. Assume right truncation. Examples:
t=cry of the panther
t=everglades river of

KT= (the keyword title search)

Use kt= if you are not sure of the correct form of the title or series. Type as many or few of the words as you know. Use a '?' for right truncation.
Examples:
kt=report florida natural resource (to search the series "Report (South Florida Natural Resource Center)"
kt=ecosytem? (to search for all titles containing the word "ecosystem" or "ecosystems")

Subject search

Use a subject search to retrieve every record in the catalog on a specific subject. For a list of subject terms see the EIN Subject Thesaurus.

S= (single subject term search)

Use s= to search a single subject term. Examples:
s=turtles
s=water quality

KS= (keyword and combined subject terms search)

Use ks= to search multiple subject headings. Use a '?' for right truncation.
Examples:
ks=phosphorus environmental impact
ks=deer habitat

Resource Type search

Use the Resource Type search to retrieve every record in the catalog for a resource of a specific type. For a list of all possible Resource Types see the EIN Resource Types.

SO= (single Resource Type)

Use so= to search for a single resource type.
Examples:
so=thesis (doctoral)
so=video

KS= (multiple Resource Types or Resource/subject combinations)

Use ks= to search multiple resource types or to combine a resource type and subject search. Use a '?' for right truncation. Examples:
ks=photograph? slide?
ks=technical report drainage early 20th century

Number search

Use a number search when a standard number issued by a publisher, distributor, or government agency is known.

NB= (ISBN search) and NS= (ISSN search)

Use nb= to search an ISBN number but do not use hyphens. Use ns= to search an ISSN number and use the hyphen. Examples:
nb=1561641189 (to search the book Cry of the Panther by ISBN)
ns=0892-8606 (to search the serial Belle Glade EREC research report by ISSN)
NK= (number keyword) Use nk= or the number keyword search to retrieve all other numbers including GPO item number, Sudocs number, NTIS accession number, Music Publisher number, Video accession number, etc. Type in first few letters and digits of the number including hyphens ending with a '?' to indicate right truncation.
Examples:
nk=PB89-122360? (to retrieve NTIS Accession Number PB89-122360/XAB)
nk=I 49 89 (to retrieve SUDOC NUMBER I 49 89 8258 1)

Keyword in Abstract

Use a kn= or 'keyword in notes' command to search abstracts. Type kn= followed by one or more unique words. Use a '?' for right truncation.
Examples:
kn=soil phosphorus level?
kn=community composition

Keyword Searches

Keyword searches allow the user to be as specific or general as needed.

k= searches one or more words anywhere in the record
ka= searches one or more words in all author, corporate, and conference names
kt= searches one or more words in the title or series
ks= searches one or more words in the subject terms or resource types
kn= searches one or more words in the abstract note

Keyword searches can be used to combine different parts of the record using boolean and proximity operators.

Boolean and Proximity operators

Boolean (and, or, not) and Proximity (adj, near, within, same) operators can be used to focus a keyword search.
and retrieves all records containing at least one occurrence of the specified terms. All of the specified terms must be in the record. "And" is the default operator and can be omitted. Example:

ka=dalrymple and kt=wetland? retrieves every resource by Dalrymple with the word wetland or wetlands in the title not is used to exclude from your retrieval sets those records that contain a certain term or terms. In other words, the not operator retrieves any record which contains the first term but not the second Example:

ks=snake? not rattlesnake? retrieves every resource with the subject snake(s) except those with the subject rattlesnake or retrieves records that contain one term or the other, or both, regardless of their position in a record. Example:

ks=endangered or threatened species retrieves every resource that has the subjects endangered species or the subject threatened species
adj operator searches for terms that occur adjacent to each other in the same sentence or phrase. Example:
k=exotic adj plant? retrieves every resource that has the words "exotic plant" or "exotic plants" anywhere in the record
near searches for terms that are adjacent to each other. Near is the same as adj, except that the two search terms can occur in either order. Example:
kn=wetland? near restoration retrieves every resource that has the words 'wetland' or 'wetlands' and 'restoration' near each other in the abstract
within n (where n is a number) is the same as near except that n specifies the maximum number of words that can occur between the two search terms Example:
k=wildlife within 5 conservation retrieves every resource that has the words 'wildlife' and "conservation' within 5 words of each other anywhere on the record
same will retrieve those records that have the search terms appearing in the same field of a record (not necessarily together) and in either order Example:
k=deer same habitat retrieves every record that has the words 'deer' and 'habitat' appearing in the same field on the record; eg. title, subject, or abstract field

Limit by Date of Publication

The user can limit a search by date (or range of dates) of publication of the resource. Note that this is date of publication and not content since something could be published in 1997 but be about the 1930s.

The publication date search command is dt= and can used alone or combined with any other keyword search. Example:
ks=soil? and dt=1990- retrieves anything with the subject soil(s) published in the 1990s.

Here is the form for searching single dates and date ranges:

Limit by Date of Content of Resource

Limit by Format or Resource Type


Retrieving the Resource

Once you have found a record for a resource you want, follow these guidelines for retrieving the item. Note that the EIN is not a physical library and therefore does not keep physical copies of the non-digitized materials.

Resources on the WWW

If the resource is available on the Web, there will be a URL link at the bottom of the screen. Click on this to view the resource, then use the BACK key on the web browser to return to the WebLUIS catalog for further searching.

Resources in the Florida SUS Libraries

If the record has a note Physical Item Available Through: Libraries in the State University System of Florida, then patrons of the 10 State universities of Florida can check to see if their library holds the resource.

While looking at the record for the desired resource, scroll down to the command area and click the "SUS Locations" button OR type "SUS" and Enter.

Next select your university to learn the call number and if the resource is currently available.

If you are not a patron of the Florida SUS libraries, check the catalog of your library to determine if the item is available locally. If not, then contact your library's Inter-library Loan Dept. (ILL) to borrow the resource.

Resources Available from Other Locations

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Last revised: August 26, 1997

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