Using Field Codes

You can search specific fields in a quick search by placing the field name before the search terms. For example, to search for references with the author "Smith", enter: Author: Smith. A field code is even quicker to use: a: Smith

The most frequently used fields have field codes, which are shown in the table below:

Field Code

Field Name

a

Person fields (author, editor, etc.)

c

Categories

d

Date of publication

full

Full text

i

Thoughts

iq

Quotations and Thoughts

j

Periodicals

k

Keywords

kn

Knowledge fields (thoughts, quotations, categories, core statements, abstracts, tables of contents, comments)

l

Red labels

loc

Location fields

n

Notes

o

Blue labels

pl

Place of publication

pub

Publisher

q

Quotations

r

Reference type

t

Title, subtitle, title supplements, other title variations

t1

Title

t2

Subtitle

task

Task fields

Note:

If you want to search by date of publication, be sure to use the d: field code because otherwise the search will look in every field. For example, searching for 2008 alone would also find last modified dates or ISBN numbers containing "2008". Enter an asterisk in front of the year if you want to find the year even if the date field was filled out in different formats.
If you want to search for a category (c:) please note that the search will work differently depending on if the category numbers are displayed or not. If you've hidden the category numbers a regular text search will be carried out. If the category numbers are displayed (the default setting) the search will check if the exact category is present.

To see which fields are searched by a particular field abbreviation, in the Advanced search, select a search field, then click a field, and then click Details.