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MR Lookup Help

Overview

MR Lookup provides bibliographic matching in the Mathematical Reviews database (MRDB). It uses any of the following fields: ISSN, Journal, Author, Volume, Issue, Page, Year and/or Title.

An interactive version allows user to enter data in fields and receive up to three items that match their data. Users may add more information to their search if too many items are returned. If no items are returned they may reduce or modify the data they use. Batch MR Lookup is intended for those who use a script to assemble bibliographic data for queries and process the results from MR Lookup. (See the section on http for technical information on creating batch queries and examples.) Batch MR Lookup returns a single result if a unique match is found in the MRDB, otherwise it returns the query string unmodified. It works best with as much bibliographic data as possible. Depending on the data provided it uses an adaptive strategy in running a sequence of queries, returning bibliographic data as soon as there is a unique match.

  • First query: Author plus two other field matches
  • Second query: Journal plus volume plus page plus one other field match
  • Third query: Title plus two other field matches


Using HTTP for Batch MR Lookup

Batch MR Lookup has been designed to be compatible with bibliographic matching done by CrossRef. (See the CrossRef site for additional information about that service.) The Batch MR Lookup Query API includes 11 fields:

ISSN | JOUR | AUTH | VID | IID | PID | YNO | TYP | KEY | MRID | TTL

where:

ISSN = ISSN
JOUR = Journal title or abbreviation
AUTH = Author name(s)
VID = Volume number
IID = Issue ID number
PID = Initial Page number
YNO = Year
TYP = Resource type (for compatibility with Crossref; in Batch MR Lookup this value is ignored)
KEY = User supplied key
MRID = Identifier (Mathematical Reviews Number)
TTL = Item title

For example, the citation:

Looking for Chaos 9 (1999), no. 3, 706-714.
would be submitted to Batch MR Lookup as:
http://www.ams.org/batchmrlookup?&api=xref&qdata=
|Chaos||9||706|1999|||


Results from Batch MR Lookup

If there is a unique match to a query, all available fields are filled and the string is returned. Otherwise the query data is returned as it was sent. The result for the search above:
|Chaos||9||706|1999||||

would be

1054-1500|Chaos|Lipp;Jung|9|3|706|1999|||1713082|From scattering singularities to the partition of a horseshoe.

Up to 100 multiple queries may be embedded in one data string, separated by newlines. The results will come back the same way, multiple results separated by newlines.


Examples of Batch MR Lookup

Depending on the bibliographic data provided, MR Lookup progresses through an adaptive strategy in running a sequence of queries, returning bibliographic data as soon as there is a unique match. The following are examples of queries and results using this adaptive strategy.

H. P. Peterson and M. L. Racine, An elementary approach to the Serre-Rost invariant of Albert algebras, Indag. Math. (N.S.) 7 , No. 3 (1996), 343--365.

|Indag. Math. (N.S.)|Peterson, H and Racine, M|7|3|343|1966||||An elementary approach to the Serre-Rost invariant of Albert algebras

gets

0019-3577|Indag. Math. (N.S.)|Petersson;Racine|7|3|343|1996|||1621373|An elementary approach to the Serre-Rost invariant of Albert algebras.

Petersson, Holger P.; Racine, Michel L. An elementary approach to the Serre-Rost invariant of Albert algebras. Indag. Math. (N.S.) 7 (1996), no. 3, 343--365.

Matches on: Journal info plus title and/or year. It doesn't match on Author because of the difference between Petersson and Peterson.


R. Bielawski and A. Dancer, {\it The Geometry and Topology of Toric Hyper Kahler Manifolds}, to appear in Commun. Anal. Geom
|Commun. Anal. Geom.|Bielawski, R and Dancer, A||||||||The Geometry and Topology of Toric Hyper Kahler Manifolds

gets

1019-8385|Commun. Anal. Geom.|Bielawski; Dancer|8|4|727|2000|||1792372| The Geometry and Topology of Toric Hyper Kahler Manifolds


Bielawski, Roger(4-GLAS); Dancer, Andrew S.The geometry and topology of toric hyperkahler manifolds. (English. English summary) Comm. Anal. Geom. 8 (2000), no. 4, 727--760. 1792372

Matched by: author plus title plus Journal


Katz, N. M.: Travaux de Dwork, In: {\it S\'eminaire Bourbaki, 24\`eme ann\'ee, Exp. No. 409}, Lecture Notes in Math. 317, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1972, pp. 167--200.

||Katz, N|317||167|1972||||Travaux de Dwork

gets

||Katz|||167|1973|||498577|Travaux de Dwork.

Katz, Nicholas Travaux de Dwork. (French. English summary) Seminaire Bourbaki, 24e ann\'ee (1971/1972), Exp. No. 409, pp. 167--200. Lecture Notes in Math., Vol. 317, Springer, Berlin, 1973. 58 #16672

Matched by: author plus title plus volume


Friedman, A., Hu, B. \& Velazquez, J. J. L. (2000) The evolution of stress intensity factors in the propagation of cracks in elastic media. {\it Archive Rat. Mech. Anal.}, {\bf 136}, 235--290.

|Archive Rat. Mech. Anal.|Friedman, A and Hu, B and Velazquez, J|36||235|2000|||| The evolution of stress intensity factors in the propagation of cracks in elastic media

gets

0003-9527|Archive Rat. Mech. Anal.|Friedman; Hu; Velazquez|152|2|103|2000|||1760415| The evolution of stress intensity factors in the propagation of cracks in elastic media

Friedman, Avner(1-MN); Hu, Bei(1-NDM); Velazquez, Juan J. L. The evolution of stress intensity factors and the propagation of cracks in elastic media. (English. English summary) Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal. 152 (2000), no. 2, 103--139. 1760415

Matched: author+title and jour and year. Notice that the volume number and paging of the reference belong to a different item, actually the previous item in the reference list. Presumably it was produced by a bad cut-and-paste by the author.


MR Lookup Field Help

Both the interactive and batch versions of MR Lookup use the same searchable fields. No field is case sensitive. Fields include:


Author

Author names must be inverted, i.e. given as last-name first. The Author field matches all names of authors listed in the original document, as well as other names associated with the document (for example, editors, translators, the subject of the item when it is a biography). Multiple author names may be entered using 'and'. We recommend using last name only or last-name, first initial. Unlike MathSciNet, MR Lookup will add a wildcard at the end of the name.

Examples: Erdos, P
Knuth, Donald E.
smith
graham and chung
Erdos, P and Knuth, Don

Issue

The Issue field contains the numeric value of the issue number.


Journal

The Journal field matches against full journal names, abbreviations, or ISSNs

When entering a journal abbreviation as search criterion, it is not necessary to enter the exact MR journal abbreviation. Many reasonable abbreviations will work. For example, the Israel Journal of Mathematics has an abbreviation of Israel J. Math. Entering any of the following in the journal field will have the same result:

Isr. J. Math.
Israel Jour. Math.
Israel Jour. of Math.
Israel Journal of Math.

For Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) the following strings will match:

Bul. Am. Math. Soc.
Bull. A.M.S.
Bull. Am. Math. Soc.
Bull of the Amer. Math. Soc.

Examples: j hist astronom
pattern rec
j sym logic

Page

The Page field matches against the initial page number. Generally it matches against the first numeric value in the paging field.

Examples: "721--723"; page = 721
"pp. i--ii and 1--247"; page = 1
"xvi+167 pp."; page = 167
"22 pp. (electronic)"; page = 22

Title

The Title field matches against the ASCII portion of the title. It uses the original title and/or an English translation of the original title. We strip out TeX codes; any other typesetting information should be removed before submitting the query.


Volume

The Volume field matches against the numeric portion of the volume number.


Year

The Year field matches the year the source document was published. The format is a four-digit number, e.g., 1994. If a publication gives more than one year, e.g. 1988/89, either 1988 or 1989 will match.

American Mathematical Society