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The Abstract Lists Query Form

The Abstract Lists Query Form provides the ability to search the ADS abstracts database for lists of authors, synonyms of words, lists of LPI and IAUC objects, and object aliases from SIMBAD and NED (astrophysics dataset only).

To create a lists query, fill in any or all of the following fields (ALL FIELDS ARE CASE-INSENSITIVE!).

Author Template
Partial author names may be entered (one per line). The resulting list will return all authors in the abstracts database which begin with that string. Or, enter a string with a wildcard to get authors which contain that string (e.g. "*ste*").

Note that wildcards work at the beginning or end of strings, but not in the middle.

Also note that authors whose last names contain an umlaut may be entered under both possible english spellings (e.g. Boehm and Bohm).

Applying Soundex/Phonix rules allows the user to enter an author name phonetically and have the server return all authors whose names sound like the one(s) entered.

By default, the author list is returned with check boxes next to each line to allow the user to select the names of choice and submit a query from there.

Synonym Matching
This allows the user to search for synonyms of words used in the synonym replacement of the abstracts service. The results list will contain all synonyms for the word(s) entered in this form.

LPI Object Searching
This allows the user to search the lists of LPI objects used in the abstracts database. Partial object names may be entered (one per line) or enter a string with a wildcard to get objects which contain that string (e.g. "*ste*").

IAU Object Searching
This allows the user to search the lists of IAU objects used in the abstracts database. Partial object names may be entered (one per line) or enter a string with a wildcard to get objects which contain that string (e.g. "*ste*").

SIMBAD and NED Object Name Aliases
This allows the user to search for aliases of an object, using the SIMBAD or NED database. A search for an object (e.g. "m31") will return all aliases for that object. Note that wildcard searches are not available on these requests.

When the query has been set up to your satisfaction, press Send to send the query.

Help on the ADS Abstract Service is available here.

More information about the ADS project is available here, or you can send e-mail to us at ads@cfa.harvard.edu