Seaching is an important part of Paperscape, since it allows you to find papers on the map. When you enter a search term in the box, all papers that match the search result have a large white halo drawn around them.
At the moment our search can handle arXiv identifiers (eg 1207.7214, hep-ex/9807003), author names (eg E.Witten), titles, keywords (the most common words in the title and abstract of a paper), and new papers (those that appeared on the arXiv today, eg ?n hep-th).
If you type in a list of words in the search box, we do a “boolean and” search for all those words using the authors and keywords of each paper. This gives decent results in a lot of the common cases. For example, searching for
"witten qcd" finds papers written by Witten that are about QCD, and also finds papers written about QCD that mention Witten in the abstract.
It is not at the moment possible to construct your own boolean search phrases. For example
"?au witten ?ti qcd" does not work, at least not yet!
We are still developing search. If you have any suggestions for how searching should work, please leave a comment.