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|Subject Bibliography author search vs find reference author
Author: Gary Leydon
Posted: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 14:39:20 -0500
When creating a subject bibliography using author as my search term and
selecting Smith, J. I see 388 references. If I try to search my endnote
database on field author using "contains" and specifying Smith, J. all
by itself or trying various permutations of Smith,J. Smith , J. etc I
can not duplicate the results that Subject Bibliography generates. It
seems Subject bibliography has a much better search/parsing algorithm
for author names than the search tool uses. I've tried turning match
case on/off match words/on off, using an "is" find instead of
"contains". Are there any wildcards or grep like symbols you can use in
the search dialog to make the search smarter ? (i.e ca you say find
Smith *,*J*. to find every permutation of the name with 1 or more spaces
surrounding the comma or the first initial.
|Re: Subject Bibliography author search vs find reference author
Posted: Thu, 8 Mar 2007 14:04:08 -0500
|On Mar 7, 2007, at 14:39, gary.leydon, wrote:
> [...] When creating a subject bibliography using author as my search
> term and selecting Smith, J.
> I see 388 references. If I try to search my endnote database on field
> author using "contains" and specifying Smith, J. all by itself or
> trying various permutations of Smith,J. Smith , J. etc I can not
> duplicate the results [...]
I'd wager it's the period which does it. Your search string should be
"Smith, J" (note that this will find "Smith, John", but not "Smith,
Lucas John"). You should read, mark, and inwardly digest the Managing
References > Searching for References section of the User Guide, paying
close attention to the "Author Fields" bit.
> [...] Are there any wildcards or grep like symbols you can use in the
> search dialog [...]
No wildcards. As the User Guide explains,
"Unless you have selected the "Match Words"
option, EndNote matches partial words when searching for text (both
right- and left-truncation are enabled). [...]"
In a sense, one might say that wildcards are enabled by default. As to
"grep like symbols", EN doesn't do grep, so that's that.
For the record, IMHO, the search function is one of the weakest features
of ENX. The need for a separate dialogue and the design of the dialogue
are intensely annoying; using the mouse to make countless menu choices
is disruptive of the flow of writing -- and not easy on those of us who
try to stave off the onset of acute RSI. What I'd like to see is an
(optional) search box at the bottom of the library window, activated by
a keyboard shortcut, where one could build and enter (w/o using the
mouse) textual searches, e.g. ((("smith" in %A) and ("1999"
in %Y)) not ("triceratops" in %T)).
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