The Public Data Portal supports queries based on taxonomy(scientific names only), geography, attribution fields (i.e. collectors and taxonomists), specimen depositories, project or dataset codes, specimen and sequence identifiers (sampleids, museumids, processed, etc). Free text searches are allowed, the system will try to extract meaningful terms from the search. Search terms should be separated by a space, search terms containing more than one word ("United States" or "Mus musculus") should be wrapped in quotes.
Search examples (Searches are case insensitive):
Culicidae: will return all the mosquitoes in the database
Mammalia Aves: will return all the mammals and birds in the database. Using two terms under the same context (taxonomic in this case), returns all records that match either term.
Aves Peru: will return all the birds collected in Peru. Using two terms under a different context (taxonomic and geographic), returns records that only match both terms.
Hawaii -Chordata: will return all non-chordates, or invertebrates, collected in Hawaii. It is often necessary to exclude records based on a search criteria and is accomplished by adding a minus sign immediately in front of the search term.
"Biodiversity Institute of Ontario" Lepidoptera Florida: will return all moths and butterflies in the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario collection that were collected in Florida. Complex queries are possible by combining multiple search terms.
No spaces in terms when using a multiterm seach (correct: "United States" Mammalia)
Negative symbol (-) is an exclusion operator which must be preceded by a space
If the same term appears in multiple contexts (i.e. "Florida" appears in both the geography list and in "University of Florida"). When using a free text search for the state Florida, employ the context clarification '[geo]' (eg Florida[geo]). Other context clarification tags are [tax], [ids], [inst], [researcher].
Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre - 
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes - 
Centre for Biodiversity Genomics - 
MPG Ranch - 
Research Collection of Beverly Mcclenaghan - 
Research Collection of Daniel Handfield - 
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History - 
University of Delaware - 
University of Guelph - 
Washington State Department of Agriculture - 
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario -  Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding - 
Alison Forde -  Brandon Laforest -  CBG Photography Group -  Chris Taylor or Kimberley Shropshire -  Information Pending -  Jaclyn McCormick -  Jean-Francois Landry -  M. Seidensticker -  Vazrick Nazari -  Young-suk - 
A. Li -  African Lion Safari Staff -  B. McClenaghan -  BIO Collections -  BIO Collections Staff -  BIOBus 2012 -  BIObus 2008 -  BioBus 2011 -  Biobus 2010 -  C.Bordelon -  D.Engelking -  D.Handfield -  Daniel Handfield -  David Holden -  Douglas Tallamy -  J. Boiling Sullivan -  J. Brown -  J. Derhousoff -  J. Glaser -  J. deWaard -  J.-F. Landry & V. Nazari -  J.Bolling Sullivan -  J.F. Landry -  J.deWaard -  JF Landry -  James Sones -  Jean-Frnacois Landry -  Jeremy deWaard -  John THOMPSON -  John Brown -  K Hill -  K. Pickthorn -  K. Pickthorn & J. deWaard -  K.Pickthorn -  M.Kekkonen -  Mark Dreiling -  Mat Seidensticker -  P.D.N. Hebert -  Paul Hebert -  Rouge NUP BioBlitz Volunteers -  Ryan Gregory -  S.M.Roble -  Steve Scott -  T.Eagalle -  Tyler Peters - 
Angela Telfer -  BOLD ID Engine -  Daniel Handfield -  Eric H Lagasa -  J. A. Powell -  James B. Sullivan -  Jean-Francois Landry -  John Brown -  Kate Perez -  Mathew Seidensticker -  Paul Hebert -  Steve Scott -