|Use a minus sign (-) in place of a boolean NOT.||ASTM steel -stainless results in documents mentioning ASTM and steel but NOT stainless.|
|Include a space between the publisher and the
|“ASTM D1250″ NOT “ASTMD1250”|
|If you”re not sure of the publisher or acronym, enter the
document number only.
|“650” “9000” “B31.3”|
|Leave off the edition dates in document numbers.||“IEEE 802.3″ NOT “IEEE 802.3-2000″|
|Use quotes (“”) to find an exact phrase.||“plastic pressure vessels” only returns results matching that
|Add an asterisk (*) in your search as a wildcard for a string
of letters or numbers. Use the question mark (?) for a single character wildcard.Note: You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character
of a search.
|elec* for “elect”, “elects”, “electron”, “electricity”
su? for sub, sun, or sum, etc.
|Check the publisher”s acronym. A misspelling will cause problems.||“ASTM” NOT “ATSM“|
|Broaden your search by searching for something more general.||“pump standards” instead of “centrifugal high-flow pump standards”|
|Narrow your search by searching for a unique combination of
words from the title.
|“hardened titanium tool steel” or “oilfield gas valve corrosion”|
|Include a combination of the publisher name, acronym, keywords, author, etc.||“ASTM tool steel”|