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How can I recreate limiters via EBSCOhost Integration Toolkit, Persistent Links, or a command line search?

There are a variety of methods you can use to recreate limiters when using EBSCOhost Integration Toolkit (EIT), persistent links, or a command line search. These methods can be useful if you are creating very specific persistent links or creating a focused search box using EBSCO's Search Box Builder.  

1. Searchable Field Codes

Field codes are database-specific and can be used to create a search using indexed fields referenced in either the citation or full display (or full text, if available). EBSCOhost uses two-character abbreviations for field codes such as SU-Subject, AU-Author or TI-Article Title.

A list of the most common database searchable fields with examples can be found here:

Searchable Field Code Example
All Text TX TX pollution AND SU air quality
Article Title  TI  finance AND TI Business Ethics 
Author AU SU climatic changes AND AU Smith
Company CO blu ray AND CO Sony
Date DT JN San Jose Mercury News AND DT 20040412
Journal Name JN JN San Jose Mercury News AND DT 20040412
Language LA global warming AND LA Spanish
Publication Type PT business ethics AND PT Newspaper
Subject SU pollution AND SU Global Warming

You can view a list of all available searchable fields for the database you are searching in the database help file.

2. Limiters

For limiters like Full Text and Peer Reviewed, the easiest implementation is to append the search tag to the end of the user's query if the limiter checkbox is checked. For example:

bquery = global warming AND FT Y (for full text)
bquery = global warming AND RV Y (for peer reviewed)

A list of common command line limiter tags can be found here:

Limiter Code Example
Full Text FT Y global warming AND FT Y
HTML Full Text FM T migraine AND FM T
HTML Full Text
with Images
FM C international space station AND FM C
PDF Full Text FM P climatic changes AND FM P
Peer Reviewed RV Y finance AND RV Y
References FR Y Schacter, Daniel AND FR Y
3. Common and Database Limiters

You can also use the query string parameters cli0, clv0, cli1, clv1, etc. to mimic the real persistent link, for example:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.as...l+AND+warming)&cli0=FT&clv0=Y&cli1=RV&clv1=Y&type=0&site=eds-live

The table below provides a complete list of command line Limiters to use in conjunction with the string parameters cli0, clv0, cli1, clv1 … mentioned above. You can also reference this attached document below for further illustration.

COMMAND LINE LIMITER TAGS

Limiter Limiter
Tag
Interface
Author AU EDS
Available in Library Collection FT1 EDS, eHost
Catalog Only FC EDS
Collection GZ EDS, eHost
Full Text FT EDS, eHost
Image Quick View QL eHost
Image Quick View Type QL1 EDS, eHost
Institutional Repository Only FC1 EDS
Language LA99 EDS
Location LB EDS, eHost
Published Date DT1 EDS, eHost
References Available FR eHost
Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals RV EDS, eHost
Source (Publication) SO EDS, eHost
Title TI EDS

Note: “eHost” designation refers to EBSCOhost (all versions)

Note: This is the preferred method for creating Search Boxes and Persistent Links for EBSCO Discovery Search(EDS)/EBSCOhost because it won’t clutter the search box and will display the corresponding limiters in the left column of the Result List as applied after a search.

This technique allows you to select limiters in the user interface, run a search, and then see how the values are represented in the system persistent link found in the Alert/Save/Share feature.

Alert Save Share Menu

This table contains codes for common and database-specific limiters as you would find them in persistent links.

Limiter Paramters Meaning Example
cl = Common Limiter = Limiters common to all databases being searched.
cli0 ID of first Common limiter in the sequence &db=aph&bquery=(global+warming)&cli0=FT&clv0=Y
clv0 Value of first Common limiter in the sequence &db=aph&bquery=(global+warming)&cli0=FT&clv0=Y
cli1 ID of second Common limiter in the sequence &bquery=(global+warming)&cli0=FT&clv0=Y&cli1=FR&clv1=Y
clv1 Value of second Common limiter in the sequence &bquery=(global+warming)&cli0=FT&clv0=Y&cli1=FR&clv1=Y
dl = Database Limiter = Limiters specific to each database being searched.
dli0 ID of first Database limiter in the sequence &db=bch&bquery=(global+warming)&dli0=PT83&dlv0=(PT+Book+or+PT+Almanac)&dld0=bch
dlv0 Value of first Database limiter in the sequence &db=bch&bquery=(global+warming)&dli0=PT83&dlv0=(PT+Book+or+PT+Almanac)&dld0=bch
dli1 ID of second Database limiter in the sequence &bquery=(global+warming)&dli0=CS1&dlv0=Y&dld0=bch&dli1=SK&dlv1 =Y&dld1=bch
dlv1 Value of second Database limiter in the sequence &bquery=(global+warming)&dli0=CS1&dlv0=Y&dld0=bch&dli1=SK&dlv1=Y&dld1=bch
dld0 Value of First database of specific Database limiters &bquery=(global+warming)&dli0=PT82&dlv0=(PT+Newspaper+or+PT+NEWSP+or+PT+Newswire+or+PT+WIRE S)&dld0=aph&dli1=AA1&dlv1=Y&dld1=geh
dld1 Value of Second database of specific Database limiters &bquery=(global+warming)&dli0=PT82&dlv0=(PT+Newspaper+or+PT+NEWSP+or+PT+Newswire+or+PT+WIRE S)&dld0=aph&dli1=AA1&dlv1=Y&dld1=geh