Basic Search


What is Basic Search?

This search option can be used to find one or more entries by the name of the protein, gene, author, ligands, keywords etc. that are present in the structure. Specific identifiers of molecular structures (PDB IDs), gene/protein sequences (i.e., GenBank and UniProt), ligands can also be used to search the archive using this option.

Why use Basic Search?

This is the quickest way to launch a text-based search in the PDB archive. This option is especially useful when the name or specific identifier related to the structure of interest (e.g., PDB ID) is known from reading the literature or from another data resources.


Interface Description

From any page on the site, a Basic Search can be run by entering a search term in the top Search Bar. As you enter a term, you will see suggestions appearing in the dropdown menu that appears below the search bar. The suggestions are grouped by attribute or field name, indicating a specific field or fields in which the search term was found. Selecting a term from the auto-suggest list will immediately execute a 'contains phrase' search against the specified attribute.

Alternatively, you can type a word or phrase in the Search Bar and click the Search icon, or hit the 'Enter' key, to execute a search using the entered term. This will perform a 'full-text' search, that is, the search will be run against multiple fields in the database to find matches for the given word or phrase.


This text-based search allows listing of identifiers (e.g., PDB, UniProt, GenBank); Keywords; structure and primary citation titles; author names; gene names; source organism taxonomy names; chemical name etc.

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Last updated: 8/4/2021