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Basic Search

Try our Basic Search Basic Search

  • Just type in your key word(s), like "global warming", and select Search.
  • You'll get results ranked by relevance. The higher the number of stars, stars the more relevant the document is to your query.
  • You will also see two tabs on the left side of the screen, Topics and Visual. On the right, you will see the related Wikipedia term, as well as related EurekAlert! news items.
  • Unlike many search engines, our results are retrieved in real time. So as results start to come in, you may want to select "Add Results" to update. You may work with your results while continues searching.
  • Don't miss our Featured Search, located underneath the search box on our homepage. These are relevant science topics, updated regularly.

Advanced Search

You want a more Targeted Search? Try our Advanced Search

  • You can customize your search by checking selected databases and websites.
  • You can search Full Record, Title, Author, and Date Range.
    • Full Record will search the entire content of a document, when available. 
    • You may choose to search any of all fields using this dropdown feature:
      • ALL is the default, and finds results with terms occurring in all fields where you have entered a search term.
      • ANY finds results with terms occurring in any of the fields where you have entered a search term.
    • Date Range allows you to search one or more years in the ‘From’ and ‘To’ drop-down boxes.
      • Leaving the boxes blank is the default, and will not use a date in the search.
      • Selecting different ‘From’ and ‘To’ years will search the specified range; you must select a 'To' date. Only selecting a 'From' date will generate an error message.
      • Selecting the same ‘From’ and ‘To’ years will search a single year.
      • Selecting only the ‘To’ year will search any year including and prior to the year selected.
    • Categories or individual sources can be selected for a specific search. Deselect the check box to view individual sources to search. 
    • Search runs the search.

    • Clear all clears the search terms in all fields and reverts to default settings.

Search Results

Your results will appear, in order of relevance, in the middle section of your screen. You may also sort results by rank, date, title, or author or limit to specific sources.

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Selecting and Exporting Results

Selecting and Viewing Results

Checking the box next to any result will add that result to Your Selections. These selections remain available for viewing until you delete them or close your browser.

The My Selections link, directly above your results pane, allows you to view results you have selected, with the option of exporting them into your citation manager.

You can clear all selections by clicking the trash icon above the results pane, or by clicking the minus icon beside each selection.

From the Your Selections page, select Back to previous pageto return to your original result list.

Exporting Results

Available result export options include emailing results, citations export and printing. If you use a bibliographic reader such as EndNote, RefWorks or Bib Tex, you may download the selected results into your citation manager via an RIS formatted download. Your citation manager should automatically display the results downloaded.

Emailing Results

  • The envelope icon above the results pane allows you to email a set of results to yourself, friends, or colleagues
  • Select the envelope icon, and enter the required information, indicated by red asterisk:
  • You can email only your selected set of results.
  • If you do not receive your email results in a few minutes, check your spam filter.
Email Results

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Exporting Results - Citations Management

Citations management
Citations Management is only available from the Your Selections page. You must select results you would like to export into a citation manager from the main set of results, then visit Your Selections.



You may export your selected results into your preferred online management system or to your desktop in RIS format.

Your citation manager should automatically display the results downloaded.

Print Results

The Print icon option allows you to print selections from the Your Selections page, or directly from your main results page.

Source Status

Source Status
The Source Status link will present a dialog log showing the responsiveness of each separate source. The Check mark indicates that the search at that particular source completed successfully; the Unresponsiveindicates that the source was unresponsive.


Spelling Suggestion

Science Accelerator will suggest words and phrases when a misspelling is detected. You'll see this in the upper left corner of the results page. Simply select the suggested term and a new search will be performed with the corrected query information.

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Search Tips

Queries can include:

  • Multiple terms (AND is the default)
    Example: A search for frogs toads will return results for both frogs and toads

  • Expressions using logical operators AND, OR or NOT
    Example: A search for frogs AND toads will return results where both frogs and toads appear; frogs OR toads will return results where either frogs or toads appear; frogs NOT toads will return results with frogs and without toads.

  • Phrases, contained in double quotation marks
    Example: a search for “nitrate cycling” will return results where the term nitrate is immediately followed by the term cycling.

  • Parentheses, requiring the expression within to be evaluated first 
  • Wildcards
    • Use * to search for the term with 0 or more additional characters
      Example: nucle* will return results with the terms nuclear, nucleus, nucleoprotein, etc.

    • Use ? to search for the term with only 1 additional character (characters include numbers, letters and punctuation)
      Example: DO? will return results for DOE, DOI, DOT, DOG, etc.

    • Searches are not case-sensitive
      Example: RAIN, Rain and rain will produce the same results

Content and Search Power

Search results may include full-text documents, bibliographic citations, and/or other Web-based material from U.S. Department of Energy science information resources. Searches are powered by Distributed Explorit from Deep Web Technologies [exit federal site].

RSS Feed

The Science Accelerator RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) allows users to stay up-to-date with current communications. RSS employs an XML-based structure that includes a title, date, brief description, and a link to the full text of content. Feeds can be read through a feed reader, or aggregator, that often can be downloaded for free. More about RSS

Sharing a Page

Science Accelerator provides you with an option to 'share' a page that you are viewing by forwarding the page to others.

When selecting this option, you receive a variety of mechanisms to choose from in order to 'share'. These mechanisms are made available by and managed by a private-sector vendor (AddThis).

The 'share' option is provided for your convenience. Some of the mechanisms for sharing may require you to create an account. Before using the various mechanisms, please check the terms of use and privacy policies in order to understand related practices and policies.


The Widget provides, in one fell swoop, the capability to search Science Accelerator, access RSS feeds, and access the capabilities to create and manage Alerts.

You can place (install) the widget on a Web page of your choice either by copying and pasting the HTML code into the 'receiving' page or by selecting the 'Get Widget Options' link. This link goes to the Web page of the private-sector vendor (Widgetbox) that provides the capability for 'getting'/installing the widget.