This topic describes how to search for Samples in bulk using either: You can enter a list via cut and paste, or via integration with a barcode scanner. Once found, you can act on the set of search results as a group.

If you want to search for samples by properties of their source, parent, or assay data, you can use the Sample Finder.

If you are only looking for a single sample, you can use the site-wide search box with a single Sample ID or Barcode.


Find Samples in Bulk

Click the right edge of the search bar or the icon on narrower browsers and select:

  • Find Samples by Barcode
  • Find Samples by ID

Depending on which selection you made, one of the following will be selected in the popup. (You can change to the other method if desired.)

  • Barcodes: Search for values in all fields designated as "Barcode Fields" across all Sample Types. This includes:
    • All fields of type Unique ID.
    • Any text fields designated as Barcode Fields; i.e. those which have the box "Search this field when scanning samples" checked.
  • Sample IDs: Search all fields of type Sample.

List the Barcodes or Sample IDs, each on its own line (i.e. separated by new line/carriage return), then click Find samples.

All the samples located will be listed in a grid, where you can immediately work with them or add more to the list.

If any samples you requested were not found, you will see a notification message. Click Show all to see the IDs that were not found. In the case of a typo or incorrect type of search, you can use Add More Samples to find additional samples to add to the list.

Click Reset to start a new search from scratch.

Add More Samples

Once you have found some Samples, you can click Add More Samples to add to the list. As in the original search, you can input either Barcodes or Sample IDs. This allows you to create a set of results that blend the two search methods.

Click Find Samples to search for these new IDs and add them Samples to your list if found.

Clear Search Results

To clear the set of search results in the grid, click Reset. This may be a useful option in the case of entering a large number of incorrect samples or other issues.

Work with Found Samples

Once you've built your list of Samples in the grid on the search page, you can use the menus for many actions on the All Samples tab. All search result Samples are selected by default.

You can also switch to any Sample Type-specific tab to use the other actions available on sample grids, including the ability to customize the grid view.

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