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.
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=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")
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.
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.
kt=report florida natural resource (to search the series "Report (South Florida Natural
kt=ecosytem? (to search for all titles containing the word "ecosystem" or "ecosystems")
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
S= (single subject term search)
Use s= to search a single subject term.
KS= (keyword and combined subject terms search)
Use ks= to search multiple subject headings. Use a '?' for right truncation.
ks=phosphorus environmental impact
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.
ks=technical report drainage early 20th century
nb=1561641189 (to search the book Cry of the Panther by ISBN)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.
ns=0892-8606 (to search the serial Belle Glade EREC research report by ISSN)
kn=soil phosphorus level?
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 operatorsBoolean (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 PublicationThe 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:
single date ex: dt=1994
range of dates ex: dt=1990-1994
range with ending date open ex: dt=1950-
range with beginning date open ex: dt=-1900
range with last digit unknown ex: dt=198?
uncertain date ex: dt=19uu
Limit by Date of Content of Resource
The EIN Subject Thesaurus has included a list of dates for searching the content of an item (eg. 1980s, 20th century, Early).
Dates can be searched with a s= or subject search and can be combined with other search terms using the ks= or keyword subject search key. Example: ks=exotic plant mitigation and 1990s
Limit by Format or Resource Type
The EIN Resource Types is a list of genre and format types (e.g., Thesis (Doctoral), Video, Photograph).
Resource Types can be searched with a so= or 'other subject' search and can be combined with other search terms using the ks= or keyword subject search key. Example:
ks=technical report and drainage
Limit Search to Web Resources OnlyThe user can limit a search to only resources available on the Web with the command fmt=cf or format =computer file. This can also be combined with any keyword search. Example:
ks=manatee? and fmt=cf (will retrieve every record with the subject manatee(s) that has a URL to link the user to the actual resource)
Retrieving the ResourceOnce 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 WWWIf 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 LibrariesIf 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
Records for all non-Web resources include a note Physical Item Available Through: which indicates how the item can be retrieved which may include NTIS, the Florida State Library, etc. Contact your local library for assistance in retrieving these resources.
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Last revised: August 26, 1997