Search Hints

As the data in the portal is gathered from many different areas of the internet there can be significant variations in how people describe themselves, their organisations, and their capabilities. Care is therefore advised when searching to produce fully inclusive results.

Search syntax

  • When searching with multiple terms such as laser measurement, the default behaviour is to assume you wish to narrow your search and look for resources matching both laser AND measurement
  • If you wish to search using alternative terms, use OR between them, e.g. nano OR micro (note capitalisation of OR is required)
  • To search for an exact phrase, enclose it in double quotes e.g. “fibre laser”
  • Note also that searches are case insensitive

Hopefully these hints and tips will help get the most out of the portal. For further information, you might wish to see some more example queries.