Report:DialogPRO/Search Interface/The Search Forms
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The Search Forms
DialogPRO's search interface is straightforward: a series of text entry fields with labels to describe what will be searched. The available fields depend solely on the nature of the database being searched, as demonstrated in the screenshots below.
Because each search interface offers a different selection of fields, it is not possible to conduct a search across multiple databases at once. For example, to search for patents including the term "oleophobic" in the Global Patents collection of databases, and Derwent Patent Abstracts databases, the same term would have to be entered in the "Keyword" field in both interfaces. The searchers would then have two separate lists of results to consider, rife with duplicates.
Because of the time-consuming and unwieldy process of searching multiple databases in DialogPRO, the system is unsuitable for intensive, professional searches. Users seeking to perform light research where flawless accuracy is less important may find the interface less limiting, but the irritation of separately searching multiple sources and manually deduplicating lists of results that cannot be saved or exported will remain.