SGD Help: Search SGD

Searches at SGD provide access to information stored in the database. This help page gives you an overview of the searches available at SGD, along with detailed descriptions of the types of search parameters associated with each of the searches.


  1. General Searches
    1. SGD Search
    2. Advanced Search via YeastMine
  2. Specialized Searches

General Searches

SGD Search

Virtually all information stored in SGD can be searched using the Search box available in the toolbar located at the top of most pages. It is case insensitive and supports wildcard searches. The wildcard character (*) can be used in the beginning and/or at the end of the term to be searched. Examples of searches include the following:

This search box is auto-complete enabled so that as the query is typed in, relevant options are listed right below the search box. If an option from the auto-complete list is chosen, then you are taken directly to that specific page corresponding the match. For wild-card queries (for example, cyto* or 'ASK') the results of the search can include matches in the following categories:

  • Gene name (systematic ORF name, standard gene name, reserved gene name, or alias)
  • Descriptions
  • Name descriptions
  • Gene summary paragraphs
  • Notes (including Locus History and other notes)
  • Gene Ontology (GO) terms (term names and synonyms)
  • Biochemical pathway names
  • Phenotype data
  • Colleague information (last name, first name, institution, email, and work phone)
  • Author last names and initials
  • Reference titles, SGD identifiers, and PubMed IDs
  • Gene Ontology (GO) IDs
  • External database identifiers (e.g., E.C. numbers, UniProt IDs)

If the search finds matches in multiple categories of information, the initial search displays a list of the categories with the number of hits in each and in addition displays the matches in the first category in the table. Click on a category to see the hits in that category, or use the "Modify your search" box to change the query and see results appear as you type.

Two options are provided above the results table to analyze the search results: 'View results as gene list' and 'Create list in YeastMine.

Advanced search via YeastMine

YeastMine allows you to make extremely flexible queries that combine different criteria (e.g., feature type, calculated pI, MW, chromosome number, GO annotations, etc.); import, export, and analyze lists of data; and much more. Most of the functionality of YeastMine are presented in a series of video tutorials.

Specialized Searches

In addition several specialized search options are available which can be accessed from the (Sequence, Function, Literature and Commununity) categories listed on the tool bar. Documentation for these searches can be accessed by navigating through the respective Help pages available on the left side of this page.