To find samples in the lab inventory, you can find samples by navigating to the Sample List in the Inventory tab. Enter in the search field a search term to find a relevant sample. eLABInventory uses a dedicated indexing server that indexes all sample to facilitate searching of samples based on all stored sample information. The sample search index contains data that has been added in the following fields:


  • Sample Name - contents included in the sample name
  • Sample Series Name - contents included in the sample series name
  • Sample Description - contents included in the sample description
  • Sample Notes - contents included in the sample notes
  • Sample Owner - the name of the sample owner
  • Sample Creator - the name of the sample creator
  • Custom Sample Fields - contents included in the custom sample specifications fields






When searching, you are filtering to find any contents in the above mentioned data. You can use the following operators to search in eLABInventory. Note that in searching is case-insensitive


  • bacteria yeast - finds any contents that includes the words bacteria and yeast
  • “bacteria  yeast” – finds any contents that includes the exact phrase bacteria yeast
  • bac* -   finds any contents that includes a word that starts with "bac"
  • *teria -  finds any contents that includes a word that ends with "teria"
  • bacteria | plant – finds any contents that includes either the word bacteria OR the word plant
  • bacteria -Plant – finds any contents that includes the word bacteria but does not contain the word plant
  • “bacteria Plant”~10 – finds any contents that includes the word bacteria and plant in the proximity of 10 words
  • (bacteria | plant) yfp - finds any contents that includes the word bacteria OR plant as well as the word ypf
  • "bacteria plant yeast fungus algae"/3 - finds any contents that includes at least 3 of the words bacteria plant yeast fungus algae


You can also search samples in the Inventory Browser. The results will be displayed in the appeared search results from where you can navigate to the location or open the sample information sheet.




To further narrow down your search results, use the Advanced Sample Search.