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The NSDL Search Service is implemented as a REST-like web service. Search queries and other requests are submitted via qualified URLs with query parameters. Responses are formatted as XML files.



REST service documentation topics

REST Service Basics

How to request information from the Search Service, and what the response looks like.

Lucene Query Syntax

How to create more complicated search queries.

Fielded Searching and Compound Fields

There are several fields in the index that represent "format" or "genre". How to search across all of those fields?

Filtering Queries

Restricting search results based on the contents of certain fields. For example, including or excluding records from particular collections.

Retrieving a Single Record

If you already know what you're looking for, how do you get it?

Ordering of Search Results

Why does one record appear ahead of another in the results?

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