How to use ELSST

Browse ELSST

To browse ELSST, click on the 'ELSST search' link on the top navigation bar of any page. This will take you to the 'Thesaurus search' page.

By default this page displays all the English Preferred Terms (PTs) and Use For (UF) terms arranged alphabetically.

You can change the language and/or choose to view Preferred Terms or Use For terms only by selecting the appropriate filters on the left-hand side menu and pressing 'Refine'.

You can also change the order in which the terms are displayed by using the drop-down box on the right-hand side of the page.

Change the tab to 'Tree view' to see an expandable list of all the hierarchies in ELSST.

Search ELSST

To search ELSST, from the home page, select a language of your choice and enter a search query into the Thesaurus search box on the right hand side of the home page, and press GO.

Alternatively, click on the 'ELSST search' link on the top navigation bar of any page. This will take you to the 'Thesaurus search' page, where you can enter your query into the search box and press GO.

Search results are also displayed on the 'Thesaurus search' page. All terms that match the search query are returned, including partial matches.

If the term is available in another language, an icon for that language appears on the right hand side of the term. Hover over the language icon to see the translation of the term in that language.

You can change the order in which the search results are displayed by using the drop-down box under the search box.

The Help button underneath the search box provides guidance on how to formulate search queries and sort results.

View term details

In the search results you can click on any term to take you to the 'View concept' page for that term. This shows the term in its hierarchy or hierarchies, plus all its language equivalents, Use For terms, Broader Terms, Narrower Terms, Related Terms, and Scope Notes.

Preferred Terms that are also in HASSET are indicated as 'Preferred Term (core)'.

Clicking on any of the terms on the page will take you to the 'View concept' page for that term.

You can also use the search box above the hierarchical display to jump to another Preferred Term in the thesaurus.

Visual graph

On the 'View Concept' page, click on the Visual Graph tab for a graph view of your term in context.

The graph is best viewed in full-screen mode, which you can access via the 'Full screen' link at the top right-hand side of the page. In the 'Full screen' view, click 'Exit full screen' to return to the standard graph view.

Click on labels for UF, BT, NT and RT to expand or contract the graph.

Selecting the 'search' icon attached to a term label takes you to the 'View concept' page for that term. Press the back button to return to the visual graph.

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The visualisation tool is especially useful for moving quickly across a range of related terms that may be of interest to your search.

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