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2.7 - Searching Lists of Terms and Authors
2.7.1 - Exact Author Query Form
This form allows you to query for specific spellings of an author name by returning the exact spelling of a full author's name (including any middle initials) as found in the ADS databases. This is useful for cases in which a user wishes to check all the possible spellings of a particular author's name in the literature.
Each line in the input field is used as a search string. The result of this query is a form that contains all author names that contain the search string. Allowed wildcard characters are "?" for single characters, and "*" for multiple characters. The "*" is not allowed within a name, but can be used at the beginning or end of a pattern. For instance, if you specify *string, the form will return any name that end with the string. You can then select from this list which names to use in the following abstract query. You can also retrieve an abstract query form with the selected names filled in to further refine the query.
2.7.2 - Abstract Service List Query
The author template field in the List Query Form allows the user to find author names that are synonyms of a given name, search for names that match a specified wildcard pattern, or find author names that sound similar to a specified name. The resulting list can be used as the start for an author name query. When a name without a wildcard character is specified, the search returns all names that are synonyms of the specified name. If the search name contains a wildcard character, the search returns all names that match the specified pattern. Valid wildcard characters are the asterisk "*" for zero or more characters, and the question mark "?" for single characters. The "*" is not allowed within a word. The returned list can be used as a search for some or all of the returned author names, if so requested from the List Query Form.
The text synonym field in the List Query Form allows the user to find words that are synonyms of a given word or search terms that match a specified wildcard pattern. The same rules apply as for the author list query, except that the returned list cannot be used for a search.
2.7.3 - Object List Query
Another list query is the Object List Query page. This page allows you to browse through object names in the ADS. It also has links to the Object List Query Form. This form allows you to query object aliases to SIMBAD and NED and for object name templates to the LPI and IAUC objects.
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