Finders are available to help facilitate selections and control vocabulary usage, thus improving result outputs. At times the potential list of selections can be quite extensive, and the finders help users make selections from large lists. Multiple selections can be made when utilizing finders during a query.
The organism finder finder is used to facilitate the selection of a species or strain from the NCBI Taxonomy Database. The Organism finder allows the user to find species using their name, synonyms, or taxonomy identifier (assigned by NCBI). When the user performs a search, the system will display a tree structure. The user can search for a name or Organism ID in the “Search By” panel in the upper left-hand portion of the Finder. In the example shown in Figure 1, a search for "dengue" is performed, which results in 44 items being found. The user can select one or more of the items by clicking on the green “+” icon or clicking a branch in the tree. The user can also choose to highlight the item in the tree, as shown in the figure, by clicking the corresponding yellow highlighter icon. Synonyms for a selection are listed next to the organism name column in the search results table. When the Organism Finder is adjacent to a Host Organism field, only the source organisms for which data exist in the IEDB are displayed in the tree structure.
Figure 1. Organism finder showing a search for dengue
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