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Phraseanet Documentation

Search for records

The essential

The media and stories searches in Phraseanet are made through a full text search engine that works like many search engines.

Combined with common search operators, these searches are more relevant. Extended searches can be made with other less used operators. It is also possible to search in specific fields if needed.

If a Thesaurus is activated, the search and review of the results can be greatly enhanced.

Remember that in most case, indexation quality remains the dominant factor in search results.

Search in a specific field

It is possible to limit the search to a field of the description. The search pattern is the term searched IN a specific field.

A search London in City will display the documents that contain the term London in a field named City.

A search France in Country will display the documents that contain the term France in the field named Country.



For a field search, be sure to use the field name as stated in the documentary structure. Field names are case sensitive.

Search using the Thesaurus

If a Thesaurus is activated, the search and the results review can be greatly enhanced.

Display the Thesaurus

The search using the Thesaurus is launched from the Thesaurus tab of the work area.


It presents a tree of the deployed thesaurus where the nodes and terms are clickable.

  • Click on the “+” of the nodes to deploy them and browse through the terms it contains.
  • Double click on a term to start searching.

A search in the thesaurus terms is possible using a form. Include at least the first three characters of a term to trigger the auto-completion system.


Use the proposals

The proposals tab displays suggestions related to the user search and the terms contained in the thesaurus of the searched bases.

By going up the terms in Thesaurus, the user is advised to specify its research or to widen it to a larger cognitive scope with suggested terms.

Each proposal is clickable and allows to launch a new Thesaurus search.



The relevance of the proposals in this tab are linked to the construction of the deployed thesaurus.