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Basic STN Commands

Command Function Examples
File Enter database (file) for search, display and print.
Fil Default file for Academic Program Accounts: LCA.
Access a file. Use "Cost=" to cluster charges on monthly bill. fil ca cost=GrantNumber
Search Search terms
S Search a single term s organometallic
Search combined terms s crystal? (L) struct?
Search in specific field(s) s waymouth, r?/au
Search terms from EXPAND list s e1 or e3-e5
List search fields in the current file help sfields
Expand View search term and its neighbors in an index.
E View term in Basic Index (in CA this is combination of TI, AB, ST, IT ) e methyl
View term in specific index e waymouth, r/au
Page down to view more terms e
View term plus term with a prefix attached e left assay
View term in the reverse direction in same index e back
Display Look at information online
D Display search results specifying L-number, answer number(s), and display field(s). Display fields are file specific. d L3 5-7 ti
List display fields in the current file help dfields
List display formats in the current file help dformat
Display session history d his full
Display charges for session d cost full
Additional display information help display
Help Online help
? Enter HELP or ? at the next prompt after an error message for an explanation of the error ?
Display list of available explanations help messages
Display summary of current file contents help content
Display commands in the current file. help commands
Display helps available for current file help directory
Display rates for using the current file help cost
List search fields in the current file help sfields
List display fields in the current file help dfields
List display formats in the current file help dformat
Set Set various terminal parameters and options. Enter "Help Set" for a list of all the SET options.
Restrict entire search session to a specific time frame (e.g. 1990 to present) set ran=(1990,)
Restrict single search statement to a specific timeframe (e.g. 1985 to 1990) s L1 ran=(1980,1985)
Restrict single search statement to a specific timeframe (e.g. 1967 to 1988) s L1 ran=(,1988)
Print Deliver search results to an electronic mailbox or send paper copy using First Class Mail
* Send results to an electronic mailbox
Step 1: at system prompt, enter "print title" print title
Step 2: at "Enter (L#)...", enter L# that you want sent to you L2
Step 3: at "Enter (End) or Title Line", type title of your email message CAS Search Results
Step 4: at second "Enter (End) or Title Line", enter "end" end
Step 5: at "Enter method of delivery." type "email" email
Step 6: at "Enter EMAIL ID", type your internet address and add ".internet" jane@stanford.edu.internet
Step 7: at "Receive Delivery Notification? (Y)/N" enter a "y" for yes or "n" for no n
Step 8: at "Print Entire Answer Set? (Y)/N" enter "y" for yes or "n" for no y
Step 9: at "Enter Print Format (BIB) or ?" type in display format wanted cbib abs
STN now gives you a number for your EMAIL request (e.g. E270328C).
To delete an EMAIL request, enter DELETE at an arrow prompt (=>) followed by the print request number. You must delete the request before logging off. delete e270328c
* Send offline prints using First Class Mail (arrives in 4-5 working days)
Step 1: at system prompt, enter "print" print
Step 2: at "Enter (L#)...", enter L# that you want sent to you L2
Step 3: at "Change Mailing Address?(N)/Y:" enter a "Y" Y
Step 4: at "Enter (End) or Address", type the 1st line of your address Joe Student
at "Enter (End) or Address", type the 2nd line of your address P. O. Box 00001
at "Enter (End) or Address", type the 3rd line of your address Stanford, CA 94309
at "Enter (End) or Address", type "end" when you have finished entering your address (maximum 5 lines available for address) end
Step 5: at "Change Mailing Address? (N)/Y", type "n" if it's correct and "y" if you need to modify it n
Step 6: at "Enter Print Format (BIB) or ?" type in display format wanted cbib abs
Step 7: at "Print Entire Answer Set? (Y)/N" enter "y" for yes or "n" for no y
STN now gives you a number for your PRINT request (e.g. E270328C).
To delete a PRINT request, enter DELETE at an arrow prompt (=>) followed by the print request number. You must delete the request before logging off. delete e270328c
Logoff Disconnect from STN International
Log Logoff in one step. log y


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