Abstract Archive application features three modes of operation - two search modes and one browsing mode.
- Simple/quick search – This option is used to look for matches inside Abstract Title & Body. It is located on the landing page and it consists of a single text field.
- Advanced search – This option is used for more advanced searches based on various criteria. It allows users to narrow their search in order to get more accurate results.
Advanced search contains two sets of search criteria: “Abstract Title & Body” search field and “Limit search by” fields. The first is used to find the exact match in the database (full-text search), while the other one helps to narrow down the search results. Filter fields are particularly useful when searching through large databases, which could contain certain phrases hundreds or thousands of times. Each of the "Limit search by" filter fields can also be used as standalone search parameter (e.g. search by authors), or combined with other filter fields, without the need to use the main “Abstract Title & Body” field.
Users are able to pick a meeting and/or a year from a dropdown menu by clicking on the text field. There is also an autosuggest functionality for 'Authors' and 'Keywords' fields which narrows down the list of suggested authors and keywords based on what the user has typed in the field. It is possible to choose more than one meeting per search in all fields.
There is also a possibility of searching for abstract by entering a Final Presentation ID, which is a unique number within a single meeting. The best practice is to use this search field in combination with a Meeting field, otherwise the search results will display all abstracts with that ID in all meetings.