UserGuide:Simple Search

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A simple search allows users to search WormBase for keywords contained in the database objects. The search can be broad (Anything) or can be restricted by searching for: 1) a particular object type (Author, Cell, Sequence, etc.) or 2) by using the Exact Match option. The search can be made more comprehensive by using the Detailed Search option. This expands the search to include full text of all paper and meeting abstracts. SEARCH WITH THE WILD CARD (*)

As an example, let's search using the key word glp*. Use of the wild card character * allows one to search for any objects that contain the key word glp. When searching for "Anything" in WS97, this particular search produces 394 objects.

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SEARCH FOR A SPECIFIC OBJECT

Now we can restrict the search by looking specifically for the glp-1 gene. The search result is now narrowed to 191 hits in WS97 when searching for "Anything".

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SEARCH FOR A PARTICULAR TYPE OF INFO

To look for a particular type of information, for example, GLP-1 protein sequence, we can restrict the search by searching only for Protein, C. elegans.

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This results in a search with only one hit.

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DETAILED SEARCH

Selecting the Detailed search option allows the user to expand the search to include full text of all paper and meeting abstracts as well as Worm Breeder's Gazette (wbg) articles. For example, if we search using the phrase "glp-1 double", we get only one hit in WS97. This wbg article has the phrase "glp-1 double" in its title.

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If we now expand the search by selecting the Detailed search option, we get 16 hits in WS97 where the phrase glp-1 double occurs in the body of the abstract or article.

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EXACT MATCH

A search can be restricted by selecting the Exact Match option. If we search for Anything that is an exact match for glp-1, we get two hits that correspond to only two objects, Gene_name and Locus, that are uniquely identified as glp-1.

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