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For ABC-funded research projects, Annual Reports are full length reports, methods, results, and discussion.  Updates are summaries. Posters visually explain the research
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The above search field can be used to access more than 30 years of production and environmental research, in the form of annual reports, updates/proceedings and posters. Searches can be performed by keyword or project ID (see “Types of Searches,” below).

Annual Reports are full-length reports, which include objectives, interpretive summaries, methods, results and discussion of research projects funded by the Almond Board of California (ABC).

Updates (formerly known as Proceedings) are summaries of ABC-funded research projects. The most recent (2010 – present) include objectives, background and discussion, along with where to find more information.

Posters are used by researchers at the annual Almond Conference to visually explain research funded by the Almond Board of California. Posters generally include images, tables and graphs that support and explain research findings. Posters are available from 2010 – present.

Types of Searches
Keyword Search
This method is best used for topical searches, such as keyword, subject area or lead researcher name(s). Results will be displayed with the most recent materials at the top. Consult the “Refining Your Search” section below to help select the best search term(s) and narrow your search results if necessary.

Project ID Search
This method is best suited for searches seeking more information on a particular research project funded by the ABC (older or more recent research, different research format, etc.). Project IDs1,2 can be found in the Research Update (formerly Proceedings), Annual Report CD and research posters presented at the annual Almond Conference. Please note that the current project ID format is for 2006 – present. Before that, a less descriptive naming convention was used.

Using 11-AIR8-Kendall as an example of a project ID, tailor your specific searches based on the bullet points below:
  • To search for all research formats for a particular year, search the following term (based on the project ID example above): 11-AIR8. This method will pull up all available research for that project from the year indicated in the project ID; in this example, 2011.
  • To search for all research that has been generated by a particular project, search the following term (based on the project ID example above): AIR8. This method will display all available research for the life of that project.

Refining Your Search

For best results, integrate the following search tips:
  • Results Sort Options: The default sort option is well suited for a keyword search. This option displays research results in chronological order. Grouped sorting is available by clicking the drop-down menu beneath the blue bar on the search results page and selecting “ProjectNumber”. This will group project IDs together in the search results listing so that the project’s annual report, update and poster are displayed together.
  • Search Filters: Utilize the filters in the left-hand column of the search results page. Clicking on appropriate refinements can narrow your search and yield better results. It is possible to refine by project number (ID)2, report type, lead researcher or year.
  • Search filters will remain engaged if you search a new term in the search field (using the grey ‘Search’ button). To conduct a new search without filters, click the blue ‘<< new search' link below the search field. Additionally, filters can be disengaged individually by clicking the red next to the refinement (top of left-hand column) or clicking on ‘Clear all refinements.'
  • Text Case: The search engine is not case-sensitive. A search in all caps or all lowercase will return the search phrase or word, regardless of case.
  • Wildcard Symbol (Asterisk): If you are unsure of the correct spelling, or if you want to retrieve all forms of the word (including plural), type “*” (wildcard symbol) after a portion of the word (at least three letters). For example, typing “almo*” will yield all references to almond. Typing “parasi*” will result in a list including “parasite,” “parasitic,” “parasites,” “parasitosis” and others. Note: You cannot begin a search with a wildcard. Typing “*grass” will yield a nonvalid search result.
  • Quoted Text: To find an exact reference, insert double quotes around your entry. Example: “apis mellifera caucasica”. Note: Wildcards are not allowed in quoted text.
  • Boolean Searches: Create specific relationships among keywords or phrases by using brackets and these commands: OR, NOT, AND and NEAR. You can combine your search words using these operators. Use parentheses (nesting) to further refine your search by creating sets. For example, a search for “(A or B)” and “(C or D)” finds all results that contain either A or B AND either C or D. Use double quotation marks to search exact phrases.

1 When searching by project number, be sure to include the dashes as indicated. These are part of the project’s ID. Note: 2011 ABC-funded research materials utilized dots in the Project ID instead of dashes. If searching for a 2011 project, please replace the (.) with (-) for optimal search results.

2 Project IDs decoded: Project numbers can be found in the PDF of the search result, as well as in the green path name at the bottom of each search result as illustrated by the following example.

Using /PR/P.2012.11-AIR8-Kendall.Kendall.Lifecycle Assessment of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Almond Production in California.pdf the project number can be broken down as follows: /PR/ is the library name, P indicates poster (as opposed to A – Annual Report, U – Research Update/Proceedings), 2012 indicates the year of the report. 11 indicates the year the project was funded (2011), AIR8 indicates the project is categorized under Air Quality research, the 8th project, and Kendall is the lead researcher. This is followed by the project title: Lifecycle Assessment of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Almond Production in California.

Almond Board–funded production and environmental research projects are divided into categories and indicated by the acronyms defined below. Note: These categories only apply for 2006 – present; prior to that, you will notice a less descriptive naming convention.

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