How to search - tips and tricks

Having trouble finding what you are looking for on our website? Then check out these quick tips and videos.

How do I conduct a general search of the ICES website?

To conduct a search, use the search bar in the top-right hand corner and enter what it is you're looking for. From the results, you can refine using the panel on the left by file type, the drop-down menu at the top by date, relevance, or number of views or by using the 'everything', 'publication reports', 'expert groups', or 'images' tabs at the top.

If you wish to search for files containing an exact phrase, use the 'advanced search' option. Here, type what you're looking for into 'the exact phrase' field. You can also refine by author, name, size or URL information.

How do I find Expert Group Reports?

Expert Group reports are located in our Library.
To search ​for a report, write the Expert Group acronym in the search field. Then refine your search using the refinement panel on the left hand side: choose “Expert Group Reports” as the publication type, then choose the year and the Expert Group acronym to narrow down your search.

How do I find ICES Advice?

Our advice documents are located in our Library. If you are looking for individual advice sheets, choose “Advice” as the publication type from the refinement panel on the left hand side. Then select the required year, the species, and the ecoregion.
If you are looking for ICES Advice books, collections of all ICES advice per year, choose "ICES Advice" as the publication type from the refinement panel on the left hand side, then select the year.
For our latest advice (from 2013 and 2014), go to the Latest Advice page, where all advice from this and last year is listed.
For the popular version of our advice, go to the Popular Advice page.

Publication types in the website library

When browsing the website library, we recommend narrowing your search using the refinement panel on the left hand side. One of the search criteria is publication type, which narrows your search down to include only a specific type of publication.

The different publication types are:

  • Advice - Individual advice sheets on particluar fish stocks, ecoregions, etc.
  • CM documents - Annual collection of conference and meeting documents
  • Committee report - Reports of different ICES committees
  • CRR - Cooperative Research Reports
  • Data guidelines - ICES recommended data guidelines
  • Expert Group Reports - Reports of ICES Expert Groups and workshops
  • ID Leaflets - ICES Identification Leaflets for Plankton, and Diseases and Parasites of Fish and Shellfish
  • ICES Advice - Annual collection of advice
  • ICES Annual Report
  • ICES Insight - Annual magazine
  • ICES Marine Science Symposia - Series (1903-1994) of scientific papers and proceedings of ICES Symposia and other notable meetings
  • Popular advice - Popular version of the ICES advice on fish stocks
  • Survey protocols - Manuals covering protocols and procedures used in ICES surveys
  • TIMES - ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences


How do I search for CM documents?

CM documentws post-2000 are accessible through the library section of the website under the publications menu. For those ranging from 1952-1999, go through the our publications section and select the CM documents tab on the left.


Alternatively, if you know the name of the CM document you're looking for, type it directly into the search bar - but make sure you put it between quotation marks otherwise the system won't pick it up.

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