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Quick help guide


There are a number of ways to perform a search across the site. You can search using the main search box that appears on every page.

You simply describe the subject of your search as you would in any popular search engine. You can also perform more complex searches here using Boolean logic (AND, OR, NOT) (N.B. always place the Boolean logic in uppercase / capital letters).

Use quotes to search for an exact set of words such as "biological control".

You can also use bracketing so that certain parts of your search are performed together e.g. postharvest AND (pests OR diseases)

Searches can also be filtered to certain content types by clicking on the "filter by type" box and choosing from the reference materials available.

Content Pages

Near the top of the page (below the CABI logo) there is the content page menu.

When you go to a particular content page (e.g. datasheets) any search is automatically limited to that particular content type. To search within other content types from these areas click the "filter by type" box and select the appropriate materials you wish to search. If all boxes are deselected then a complete site search is performed.

On the search results page filter your search further by adding additional terms from the right hand column.

Smart Searches

We have also launched the Smart Search feature. You will find this on the large tab above the search box.

These are searches on key topics created by our experts to save you time. We will create new Smart Searches if you request them and these will be made available to all users from this tab. 


This personalisation feature will provide you with your own workspace within the Horticulture Compendium to:

  • save both individual and numerous records
  • export your saved records 
  • save your searches
  • subscribe to saved searches via RSS and e-mail alerts so that you are made aware of the latest content