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Guide to using ACM Digital Library, database of articles in computer science

Editing searches

It is possible to edit the syntax of your search, which can allow you to utilise Boolean searching in a more flexible way, for example to search multiple fields in one search string.

  • To edit, click on the Edit Search button next to the number of results on the Search Results page. 
  • This takes you back to the search interface page. Scroll down to the View Query Syntax section and click on the down arrow to expand the section. 
  • Click in the Edit Query box and you can edit the search, for example changing AND to OR. 

This video shows you how you can combine searching the title and abstract fields for the same terms within the same search string.