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Pivot Profiles - Searching

As with Pivot Funding, you can search Pivot Profiles via a Quick or Advanced Search.


You can conduct a Quick Search for profiles from one of two places:

  1. Profiles Tab: Click on this option on your Pivot homepage. You will see a free text field toward the top of the page. Enter your search term(s) and click Search to see your list of results. (Note: by default your search results will be limited to those within your institution. You can adjust your results from the results page).
  2. Search – for Funding option near the upper right side of any page within Pivot:
    • Choose Profiles from the drop down menu next to the text box
    • Enter your search term(s) into the search box. By default you are searching for scholars within your institution
    • Click the Search button or hit “Enter” and you’ll see your list of results.

Regardless of where you go to conduct your Quick Search, you can always search by entering a search term or a scholar’s name.


The Pivot Profile Advanced Search allows you to create a search query based on the various fields of information stored within a Pivot profile. You can conduct an advanced search from one of two places: 

  1. Profiles Tab: Click on the Profiles link on your Pivot homepage. You’ll see a search box with a blue Advanced search link right below it. Click the link to display the Advanced search page.
  2. Search – for Funding: Select Profiles on the drop down next to the search box on the upper right side of the page. Enter a search term and click on the magnifying glass. Click the blue Advanced search link beneath the free text field to display the Advanced search page.


From the Advanced Search page, you have several options:

  • Limit your search to specific fields such as title (of a publication), expertise, keyword, abstract, homepage, CV page, publication page, faculty member name, or affiliation
  • Limit your search to publication title and abstracts published within the past 5 years only
  • Limit your search based on: degree, role, or country (and state or province as applicable). For each of these filters, you are presented with a drop-down menu from which you can choose one or more search constraints
  • You can choose to limit your search to various communities (and sub-communities) by checking the boxes to the left the Advanced Search fields. Click on the blue arrows to expand the community and see sub-communities which you can select. Faculty can be members of more than one community
  • You can also search by Affiliation to find institutions in Pivot. Enter either the complete or partial name of an institution (e.g., University of Georgia or Georgia State) to see profiles at institutions that match the search query. For example: if you selected Keyword, entered 'immigration' in the text search box and limited the search by the affiliation to 'stanford' , you will receive profiles who are relevant to the keyword 'immigration' and affiliated with organizations with the phrase 'Stanford' in their affiliation names


A description of the fields as well as additional searching information can be found here

Pivot Profiles - Search Tips

Boolean Operators

Pivot supports Boolean searching in the Profile area:


AND: Shows results in which all search terms or phrases occur within the same faculty profile. Example: Entering 'rat AND brainstem' into the search field returns results with both the term 'rat' and the term 'brainstem'. NOTE: Queries with multiple terms assume the presence of an AND operator between terms. For example, the search phrase 'crop insurance' is submitted as 'crop AND insurance' and 'stem cell research' is submitted as 'stem AND cell AND research' and only profiles containing all three terms will be returned.


OR: Shows results in which at least one of the search terms entered occurs within the same faculty profile. Example: Entering 'rat OR mouse' into the search field returns results with either the term 'rat' or the term 'mouse'.


NOT: Excludes results containing a specific keyword or phrase. Example: Entering 'rat NOT brainstem' in the search field returns results containing the term 'rat' but that do not contain the word 'brainstem'.


Quotation mark 

A phrase is a group of two or more terms that you'd like to keep together and in sequence during your search. Pivot supports the use of quotation marks to ensure that only results with the exact form of a phrase are returned. For example entering "stem cells" into the Keyword field will return only those Scholar Profiles with the keyword 'stem' immediately preceding the term 'cells'.



Grouping search terms with parentheses can be used to refine multi-term searches. Example: speech AND (voice OR treatment) will return people with a match to either 'speech AND voice' or 'speech AND treatment'.



Wildcard (Asterisk symbol  * )

Searching within Pivot provides the broadest result set for certain types of keywords with variable endings. The Pivot wildcard is the asterisk symbol - * - and you can append it to the end of any term to return results containing that word root. Example: Entering 'creativ*' into the search field will return faculty profiles containing the terms 'creative', 'creativity', 'creativeness', and 'creatively'.


NOTE: While wildcards are an effective means of expanding your results set to include various forms of a term, careful attention must be paid to irrelevant terms that could be introduced based on a wildcard term root. Example: Searching on 'ped*' for expertise in 'pediatrics' would also return results for 'pedals' or 'pedantic'. More relevant would be to use 'pediatr*' to also view results with 'pediatrician' or 'pediatrics'.


Filter by option

Use the community Filter by option located at left of the search results to view matching faculty within a single or multiple communities. To view results within a single community, either click on the linked community name or click in the check box preceding a community name and rerun your search.


To select more than one community, click the check boxes beside selected community names. Communities can be expanded whenever you see an arrow  before the community name. This will allow you to view all the sub-communities that are organized hierarchically and select those of interest.

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