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You can conduct a ‘Quick Search’ or an ‘Advanced Search’ of Oxford Academic content. Quick Search will satisfy most of your search needs, unless you are searching with a citation, in which case Advanced Search has specific search fields for this purpose. There are extensive search modification options available on the search results page, with which you can refine any Quick Search or Advanced Search.
You can conduct a Quick Search from any page, by using the Quick Search bar located at the top right.
Fig. 1. Quick Search bar
On any Oxford Academic page, Quick Search will perform a search within the current context. Typically that will be within a single journal, but may also be across a group of sites belonging to a particular society, or across all of Oxford Academic’s journal content (https://academic.oup.com/journals).
Quick Search will search for your terms within journal titles, and journal article titles, abstracts, authors, citations, DOIs, references, and the full text of articles.
Quick Search enables you to:
Go to Advanced Search by clicking the link next to the Quick Search bar on any page.
Fig. 2. Advanced Search form
From Advanced Search you can:
- Build a query – search for multiple terms, and filter each one:
- Click ‘Add term’ to add additional search fields
- Use the ‘Filter’ drop-down under each field to filter what you’re searching within – you can filter your search to article abstract, authors, citation, DOI, full text, references, title, or all
Fig. 3. Search filters drop-down
- Find a specific article:
- Either enter as much of the citation as you know into the fields underneath ‘Find a specific article’
- or, enter the DOI into the ‘DOI Search’ field
Modify your search:
You can modify your search results using the filters available in the left-hand panel of the search results page.
Fig. 4. Search modification panel on search results page
To add more search terms:
- Click ‘Add term’
- Type a new term into the field
- Click ‘Update’
- Use the ‘Filter’ drop-down to select what you want to search within for each term – abstract, all, authors, citation, DOI, full text, references, or title
Fig. 5. Search filters drop-down
- Use the options in the left-hand panel to narrow the results
- You can refine by format, article type, Journal, section, category, date, and availability.
- The availability filter allows you to filter by content that you have purchased or to which you’re subscribed, or that is Open Access or free content, or that is available for purchase.
- Some sites also offer taxonomic filtering by journal-specific subjects (for example, searches within Oxford Medical Case Reports offer taxonomic filtering), JEL codes in economics (for example, searches within Industrial and Corporate Change enable JEL code filtering), or by OUP’s own Oxford Taxonomy when searching across all Oxford Academic content.
Performing your search in other sites:
The search results page offers contextual options to broaden your search by performing it across other Oxford Academic sites. All sites except the journals gateway offer the option to perform your search at the journals gateway by clicking on the ‘All journals’ lozenge. This passes your query term from the site you’re on to the journals gateway, allowing you to see results from across all of Oxford Academic’s journals content.
Fig.6 'All Journals' lozenge
If the journal that you are searching is one of a family of society journals, you are offered the option to perform that search across all the journals from that society.
Fig. 7. Example from JNCI of option to expand your search to all journals from the society