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The search engine for OnePetro is now Google. It should look familiar and behave as you expect based on prior use of Google. Results will not match exactly those from Google Scholar or general Google (www.google.com), but they should be similar.
The main search box will also provide suggestions as you type, just like you see with a Google search.
To use Advanced Search:
And - combines search terms so that each search result contains all of the terms. For example, porosity and permeability finds articles that contain both terms.
Or - combines search terms so that each search result contains at least one of the terms. For example, porosity or permeability finds results that contain either term.
Not - excludes terms so that each search result does not contain any of the terms that follow it. For example, porosity not permeability finds results that contain the term perosity but not the term permeability.
In an advanced search, terms can be searched by specific fields such as “Abstract”, “Article Title”, and “Author”. Below is a full list of available search field options.
To get an exact match on the title, try using quotation marks (e.g., "corrosion rate prediction"). If you aren't certain you have the words exactly right or in the right order, enter your search without quotes and you will get variations that may help locate the right paper.
Remember that an author might be listed in a variety of ways (e.g., Ramey, H.J.; Ramey Jr., H.J., H.J. Ramey Jr.; Hank Ramey; Ramey, Jr., Harold). If the author has an unusual last name, just input the last name. For an author with a common last name, you may have to perform your search by entering multiple options using the AND operator.
Note: When you input an author name, the search engine can only look for authors with that name and assume all are similarly relevant to your query. In some cases, company names are included in the same field as author, your search may return some documents not by that author.
To search for an author formatted last name first, you do not have to put the entry in quotes (e.g., Smith, G.E.; Jones, Carl), but you can do so.
In an author search using initials, spaces matter. G.E. and G. E. are not seen as the same to the Google search. [SPE's style is not to put a space between initials, but some exceptions may creep in, and other societies in OnePetro may not have the same style.] So if you are having difficulty with an author search, consider trying both with and without the spaces for initials or search for alternate forms of the author's name.
The author's employer (affiliation) is not always available. The search engine will return results based on the documents that have information on the author's employer, but a document count would be incomplete because of documents that do not have that information. Many of the older documents from WPC and others do not include the author's employer.
For older papers, the word "and" is likely to be spelled out rather than as "&" (e.g., "Texas A and M", Arco R and D). You may need to try your search both ways.
If you are looking for papers in a specific journal, select it from the dropdown. If you know the specific volume and issue, you can use those fields, but they are not required. The journal field can be combined with a title or author search in the fields above. It will assume that you are looking for documents with the terms indicated, but only in that specific journal.
Year search will return papers for only the years you specify. You can enter single years, ranges (2000-2005), or before/after (<1990, >2000). More information about coverage
The default is to complete your search across all of OnePetro. If you want to limit your search to one or more publishers, you can use Ctrl-click to select one or more publishers from the list.
Stemming of root words will apply in the basic search or in a search that covers "Anywhere in Article" but does not apply to a search by title, author, etc. [Stemming is the process of reducing a word to its root form then searching for that root and all possible endings. For example, when stemming is on, searching for the word stemming would also find stem and stemmed as well as stemming.
Boolean logic is used to define logical relationships between search terms. Boolean searches combine words and phrases using the words AND, OR, and NOT (otherwise known as Boolean operators) to create a very broad or a very narrow search.
Note: When executing a search OR and NOT are always evaluated before AND.
For OnePetro users, Booleans can be used on the Advanced Search page. The Advanced Search page is an example of “field searching”, where specific parts of articles can be selected and combined using Boolean operators. The following are acceptable Boolean search examples in OnePetro:
Using AND narrows a search by combining terms. It will retrieve documents that use both the search terms specified, as in this example:
Note: AND always narrows a search.
Using OR broadens a search to include results that contain either of the words entered, as in this example:
Note: OR always broadens a search.
Using NOT will narrow a search by excluding certain search terms, as in this example:
Note: This search finds articles that are exclusively about Jazz. The NOT operator will always exclude articles that contain the specific NOT term.
For multiple search terms, a combination of Boolean operators can be used to narrow or broaden one’s search, as demonstrated in this example using the AND and the OR operators:
With the launch of the Google-based search, OnePetro has eliminated a separate search page for specific documents.
To quickly find one or more documents when you know the paper number, you can use the box in the right column on the home page. To enter multiple numbers at once, separate them with a comma followed by a space.
If you are unable to locate the document you seek, please check the coverage of documents in OnePetro.
Corrosion (Anywhere in article)
..will return an error and will reset the search to "AND".
Note: if you enter both a meeting and select a journal from the drop down menu, you will not get any search results
When you get your search results, the right column gives you a variety of ways to focus and refine your results. This categorization is based on up to 10,000 documents that may be relevant to your search. If you see estimated numbers (e.g. >2850), that means your search pulled a very large number of documents. To return results quickly, the Google search appliance is estimating the actual number of documents.
What happens if I click on an item in the dynamic navigation?
If you click on a society, author, or company, your original search is re-executed with the additional constraint of that publisher, content type, author, company, etc. That will reduce the number of documents returned. You will see a small X appear in the right column next to the item you clicked. If you decide that you want to return to your original search, you can click the X to remove it and you will be back to your original search results.
Why don't I see as many search results as appear in the dynamic navigation?
You will only see a maximum of 1000 search results. This is a function of the Google search appliance. Since most customers rarely go past the first 1-2 pages of results, Google has decided that 1,000 results should be adequate, so that's all that they have enabled. The listing by category at right is based on up to 10,000 papers. You can use elements in this dynamic navigation element to focus your search to get to the 1000 papers most relevant to your needs.
1. Provide as much information as possible (more detail = better results)
For example, "reservoir modeling" will return a very large number of results. "Reservoir modeling in carbonates" will provide a more focused group of responses. "Reservoir modeling in carbonates in West Texas" gives an even more focused group of results that may be able to help you locate the information you need quickly. Don't be afraid to use industry terminology. Tell it what you really want to know.
2. Numbers, punctuation and special characters may have unintended effects, so avoid them as much as possible
Google tends to ignore articles (the, a, an, etc.) and most types of punctuation. Special characters such as letters with carets or accents (e.g., â, é), currency symbols (e.g., €, £), certain punctuation marks (e.g., —), and other types of characters may not find matches because of differing types of character encoding, so they are not recommended in your search unless unavoidable.
3. Consider spelling differences and synonyms where appropriate
The basic search automatically "stems" words down to their root word and considers all words with the same root to be a match (e.g., expand, expanding, expanded, expandable). Stemming of root words does not apply to a search by title, author, etc.
The search does not automatically account for the differences in U.S. and British spelling of certain words (e.g., favor and favour). Since the search engine is looking through documents from around the world, if a word with alternate spellings is important to your query, you may want to input both as part of your request.
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The search engine is trying to find the documents that are most relevant to your search and is organizing results according to relevance. When your search includes only one or two words (i.e., an author's name) it doesn't have much information to go on, so the rationale for the order in which they are displayed may not be obvious. When it has no other basis for organizing items (i.e., all have the same relevance), the order can be somewhat random.
If you prefer to sort your results by date, you can choose an options for newest first or oldest first using the drop down on the search page (advanced search) or on the search results page.
The search engine has found the words or term you searched for in the document even if it isn't obvious to you from the search results. For example, in a search for the author last name of Stein, the first papers returned are written by authors with Scandinavian names and only their initials are shown. These would not appear to be a match. But if you expand the author listing in the dynamic navigation, you'll quickly discover that some of the authors have the first name of Stein. A counter-intuitive result, but one that is still accurate.
For unlimited subscribers we show a direct link to the full paper in the PDF format. If you click on the PDF link it will open directly to your desktop and you can save it from there. This level of subscriber no longer needs to put the paper in a cart in order to access the documents on OnePetro.
On the preview pages about an individual document, the link for the PDF or Add to Cart have been moved to the top of the right hand navigation.
You may have visited them on a previous search. Information about previously visited links is held in your browser's history files. So even though you have not visited the link during this particular browser session, if the information about a prior visit remains in your browser's history, the link will show up as visited. To reduce this, you can shorten the amount of history retained by your browser.
For Internet Explorer, select Tools, Internet Options. On the General Tab, there is a place to specify the number of days to retain history and a button to clear the history. This will affect everything you do in your browser, not just OnePetro.
For Mozilla/Firefox users, under Options there is a link to clear all recent history. Or to reduce the amount of history stored, select Tools > Options > Privacy and specify how many days of history you would like your browser to store. This will affect everything you do in your browser, not just OnePetro.
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Not necessarily. If you are a member of one of our participating societies (such as SPE or ARMA) and want to receive the member discount, or if you have access to certain corporate or individual subscriptions, you will need to log in. But non-member users who visit infrequently and just want to purchase papers with a credit card will be able to complete a transaction without logging in.
If you want to use Search Alerts, you will need to create a login and use it when creating (or modifying your search alert). The system needs to be able to tie the search terms and frequency to an email address so that you can be notified of new content.
The size of pdf documents in OnePetro varies widely. While some are small, as authors take advantage of improving technology to include more color graphics, figures, and photos in their papers, file size is generally increasing. While there are exceptions, most companies limit email attachments to a size of 1MB or even less. Many papers in OnePetro exceed this file size, so emailing papers is not practical. PDF is a pretty efficient file format, such that "zipping" them makes little difference in the file size (often 5% or less reduction in file size). So "zipping" will not reduce the file size enough to make email delivery practical. For now, OnePetro does not have a mechanism that would allow you to zip numerous papers into a single document before download (not to reduce size, just to reduce the number of downloads). We know that there is customer interest in this option and we will continue to investigate whether this is something that could potentially be offered in the future. But it is not clear whether this will be feasible.
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While many of the PDFs in the OnePetro can be viewed with Acrobat Reader v. 5, beginning with papers published after 1 May 2005, v. 6 or higher of Acrobat Reader is required. As technology has improved, authors have taken advantage to provide more color graphics and photos in their papers. Many of these will not display properly with older versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Upgrade your Reader