Searching CiteSeerX Effectively

  • Document search is selected by default. To search for a specific author, select the Author button.
  • type the topic or name you are searching for into the textbox
  • check the "Include Citations" box (optional)
  • and select the "Search" button or hit the "enter" key.

Document Searches

CiteSeerx uses Solr as its core search engine. Solr is based upon Lucene; a good overview of the supported query syntax may be obtained by reading the Lucene query parser syntax.

CiteSeerx supports complex queries based on the following fields:

  • title: paper title
  • author: paper authors
  • affil: affiliations of paper authors
  • venue: place of publication, such as journal or conference name
  • year: paper year
  • abstract: paper abstract
  • keyword: keywords identified from paper headers
  • tag: user-supplied tags added to a paper
  • text: article body text

For example,

venue:"journal of the acm" AND author:"j kleinberg"

By default (if no fields are specified) CiteSeerx will search the title, author, abstract, and text fields in parallel.

Author Searches

CiteSeerx supports Proximity and Boolean queries. Please note that adjacent words will default to one word proximity.

For example, an author search using a full name may not return complete results.

NOT GOOD: jon kleinberg

This will not return all records authored by Jon Kleinberg. Rather, it will only return records for which the first name "Jon" is included unabbreviated.

In author searches, it may be better to use the last name only or the first initial and the last name; i.e.,

GOOD: kleinberg
BETTER: j kleinberg

Due to author normalizations included within the CiteSeerx index, the latter query will match authors listed as "J Kleinberg", "Jon Kleinberg", and even "Jon M Kleinberg"

Citation Searches

Unlike the old CiteSeer system, citations and full documents are included within the same index in CiteSeerx. By default, citations for which we have no accompanying document file will not show up in search results. If it is desirable to include these records in search results, simply check the "Include Citations" checkbox on the search form.

Search Plugins

CiteSeerx offers three Search plugins for browsers which supports the Open Search 1.1 specification. To add a plugin just click over it.

Capitalization Does Not Matter

CiteSeerx is NOT case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case. For example, searches for "bollacker", "Bollacker", and "bOlLaCkEr" will all return the same results.

Table Search

CiteSeerx allows the user to search for tables embedded in documents. Users can search for keywords and text in snippets in or around the tables.