The Poster Archive site features three modes of operation - two search modes and one browsing mode.
- Simple/quick search – This option is used to look for matches inside the ‘Abstract Title’ & ‘Body’ fields. It is located in the global navigation bar at the top of the site 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: The ‘Search’ field and ‘Filter search to’ fields. The first is used to find the exact text match in the database (full-text search), while the others help 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 ‘Filter search to’ fields can also be used as a standalone search parameter (e.g. search by authors), or combined with other filter fields, without the need to use the main ‘Search’ field.
Users are able to pick a meeting and/or a year from a dropdown menu by clicking on the text field. It is possible to choose more than one meeting/year per search in both fields. There is also an auto-suggest functionality for the 'Authors' and 'Keywords' fields which narrows down the list of suggested authors and keywords based on what the user has typed in the field.
There is also a possibility of searching for abstracts 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.