The dienst techreport software was originally designed to be part of a
computer science techreport "network" (called NCSTRL). However,
this never quite caught on, so currently the only NCSTRL site that the
CSE techreport server can talk to is UCSD/CSE itself. Thus, all searches
are effectively local searches only.
Help on Searching
You can search for a document with either a simple
search or a fielded search.
Simple search consists of a single text entry box on the NCSTRL server
home page. Enter keywords in this box (e.g., "digital
library") to search the author, title,
and abstract fields of the bibliographic entries for technical
reports. The entire
NCSTRL collection is searched. The search returns documents whose
bibliographic entries contain all the words you enter in either the
author, title, or abstract fields.
The fielded search form has three logical components. First, there
are three text entry fields for bibliographic keyword entry, and two
radio buttons to specify whether the keywords entered should be
"anded" or "ored" together. Second, there is a menu of the publishers
in the NCSTRL collection, and a check box to use all publishers.
Finally, there is a text entry field in which you may specify a
To specify search criteria, do the following:
Please take note that not all documents in the collection have
If you want your search request to include documents without abstracts,
enter your search criteria under Title as well as Abstract.
- If you wish to specify search criteria based on bibliographic
keywords (author, title or abstract), fill one of the keyword fields (see the rules
for bibliographic keyword matching) :
and select the "AND" or "OR" radio button.
- Author - The author's first or last name or names .
- Title - The words in the title of the document.
- Abstract - The words in the abstract of the document.
- Select at least one
of the publishers from the list on the form, or select the
checkbox to search all publishers. Unfortunately, each Web
browser has a different rule for multiple selections in a menu.
Consult the documentation for your browser for help with this.
- Document Identifier - The identifying "name" of the document,
unique for any given publisher. Your entry will be matched against
any substring of the document identifiers; e.g., the entry "94"
will match "94-1435" and "89-194". A document identifier entry is
always "anded" to bibliographic keyword entries; i.e., only
documents which meet the bibliographic keyword criteria and the
document name criteria will be returned.
Your search criteria will be rejected if you don't select at least one
publisher (or the "all" checkbox), and specify at least one
bibliographic keyword or a document identifier.
Words that you enter in the three bibliographic keyword fields
(Author, Title, Abstract) are matched to
bibliographic entries according to the following rules:
Note: Do not use short, common words or single letters in the
bibliographic keyword fields (e.g., "the", "a", "s"). You will
be asked to re-eenter your search if the keyword you enter matches too
many words in the database.
- Each word that you enter matches any word in the respective field
that begins with respective word. For example, the word "comp"
matches "computer", "computation", "comprehensive", etc.
- You may choose either the logical connector AND or
OR between the bibliographic keyword fields by using one of
the radio buttons below the fields. For example, if you select the
or button and the word "robot" in the Title field and
"robotics" in the Abstract field, the search will return
documents that have either "robot" in their titles or "robotics" in
their abstracts. If you select the and button, the search will
return only those documents that have "robot" in their titles and "robotics" in
- You may also use logical connectors "and" and "or" within fields.
For example, if you enter "robotics or vision" in the abstract field,
the search will return documents that have the word "robotics" or
"vision" in their abstracts. If you enter "robotics and vision" in the abstract field,
the search will return documents that have both the word "robotics" and
"vision" in their abstracts. Multiple words that are not separated by
"and" are assumed to be "and" separated. For example, if you enter
"computer vision" in the abstract field, the search will return
documents that have both the words "computer" and "vision" in their
abstracts. Finally, you may use parentheses to group words. For
example, if you enter "Gries or (Teitelbaum and Field)" in the
author field, the search will return documents authored by
"Gries" or by "Teitelbaum" and "Field".
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