NRDB Search Help
- Matching Text in Advanced Search
Use this input box to limit your search to records that [don't] contain or match this text. You can use matching text to include or exclude records from your search results.
If you selected "[not] containing", the system will perform an approximate match on your text; it will return only those records whose specified fields [don't] contain that text anywhere within their value. You can use the "*" character as a wildcard to match any number of unspecified characters. Wildcards can appear anywhere.
If you selected "[not] matching", the system will perform an exact match on your text; it will return only those records whose specified fields [don't] equal that text exactly. In this case, the "*" character does not behave like a wildcard; it is used to match a corresponding "*" in the selected fields.
Note that the Preserves, Counties, and Managers fields actually contain abbreviations, not full names. It is generally not advisable to use matching text to limit your search results to particular preserves, counties, or managers. Instead, specify the preserve explicitly, and use the Subsets mechanism to restrict your query results to particular counties or managers.
Example 1: To find all records of California lizards, specify containing "California * Lizard" (without the quotes) and select Common Names as the field. The system will return California Horned Lizard and California Alligator Lizard.
Example 2: If you are unsure of how to spell something, use wildcards for the missing letters. If you specify containing "Es*Californ*" and you select Scientific Name as the field, the system will return Eschscholzia californica.
Example 3: If you want to see only those species that are unique to Edgewood, specify matching "EW" and select Preserves as the field (make sure you've selected Edgewood as the Preserve). The system will return only those records of species that are found only in Edgewood.