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The ArcCatalog Search dialog box lets you test the content of several predefined metadata elements. For example, you can search for resources by their content type classification; by their data format; and for resources that have specific words in their title, abstract, or purpose. However, searches using these predefined criteria will only succeed in finding objects that have FGDC-style metadata.
Objects with ISO-style metadata can be found using the same criteria if you know which ISO XML element contains the appropriate information. Type the XML element's path into the Metadata element text box on the Search dialog box's Advanced tab. Only text comparisons can be performed against these XML elements, not date or numeric comparisons.
You won't be able to search for datasets that have a larger or smaller scale than the one that you specify, only datasets that have the same scale.