The keyword search allows users to locate records in the database using a keyword, identifier, or sequence. Wild card characters '*' and '?' can be used in the search field. The '*' character will match zero or more characters and the '?' character will match exactly one character. Additionally, the operators 'AND', 'OR', and 'NOT' can be utilized. A logical ‘OR’ is the default option. These three logical operators can be upper or lowercase. The keyword search is case insensitive, so "ABC" is the same as "abc". Parentheses can be used to refine searches. For example, “(dengue AND malaria) NOT nucleo*” is a legal search.
To perform a search, users enter criteria such as a keyword, identifier, or sequence into the text box in the upper right corner of each page next to the “Search” button. They then click the Search button and view the Search Result Summary.
In addition to using the search function from the menu bar, users can submit searches via a properly constructed URL. The example below will perform a search using the URL for records that contain 'dengue'. This would return the equivalent of typing 'dengue' in the search option on the menu bar and clicking the Search button.