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Oracle® Thesaurus Management System User's Guide
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This manual describes the use and administration of Oracle Thesaurus Management System (TMS).

This preface contains:


This document is intended for all TMS users and administrators.

  • Administrators must be able to read SQL*Plus scripts and edit and run them, in order to create TMS users and grant them roles. Administrative tasks are covered in Chapter 3, "Administration".

  • Information technology expertise is not required for other users.

Documentation Accessibility

For information about Oracle's commitment to accessibility, visit the Oracle Accessibility Program website at

Access to Oracle Support

Oracle customers that have purchased support have access to electronic support through My Oracle Support. For information, visit or visit if you are hearing impaired.

Finding Information and Patches on My Oracle Support

Your source for the latest information about Oracle Thesaurus Management System is Oracle Support's self-service website My Oracle Support (formerly MetaLink).

Before you install and use Oracle Thesaurus Management System, always visit the My Oracle Support website for the latest information, including alerts, White Papers, installation verification (smoke) tests, bulletins, and patches.

Creating a My Oracle Support Account

You must register at My Oracle Support to obtain a user name and password account before you can enter the website.

To register for My Oracle Support:

  1. Open a Web browser to

  2. Click the Register link to create a My Oracle Support account. The registration page opens.

  3. Follow the instructions on the registration page.

Signing In to My Oracle Support

To sign in to My Oracle Support:

  1. Open a Web browser to

  2. Click Sign In.

  3. Enter your user name and password.

  4. Click Go to open the My Oracle Support home page.

Finding Information on My Oracle Support

There are many ways to find information on My Oracle Support.

Searching by Article ID

The fastest way to search for information, including alerts, White Papers, installation verification (smoke) tests, and bulletins is by the article ID number, if you know it.

To search by article ID:

  1. Sign in to My Oracle Support at

  2. Locate the Search box in the upper right corner of the My Oracle Support page.

  3. Click the sources icon to the left of the search box, and then select Article ID from the list.

  4. Enter the article ID number in the text box.

  5. Click the magnifying glass icon to the right of the search box (or press the Enter key) to execute your search.

    The Knowledge page displays the results of your search. If the article is found, click the link to view the abstract, text, attachments, and related products.

Searching by Product and Topic

You can use the following My Oracle Support tools to browse and search the knowledge base:

  • Product Focus — On the Knowledge page under Select Product, type part of the product name and the system immediately filters the product list by the letters you have typed. (You do not need to type "Oracle.") Select the product you want from the filtered list and then use other search or browse tools to find the information you need.

  • Advanced Search — You can specify one or more search criteria, such as source, exact phrase, and related product, to find information. This option is available from the Advanced link on almost all pages.

Finding Patches on My Oracle Support

Be sure to check My Oracle Support for the latest patches, if any, for your product. You can search for patches by patch ID or number, or by product or family.

To locate and download a patch:

  1. Sign in to My Oracle Support at

  2. Click the Patches & Updates tab. The Patches & Updates page opens and displays the Patch Search region. You have the following options:

    • In the Patch ID or Number field, enter the number of the patch you want. (This number is the same as the primary bug number fixed by the patch.) This option is useful if you already know the patch number.

    • To find a patch by product name, release, and platform, click the Product or Family link to enter one or more search criteria.

  3. Click Search to execute your query. The Patch Search Results page opens.

  4. Click the patch ID number. The system displays details about the patch. In addition, you can view the Read Me file before downloading the patch.

  5. Click Download. Follow the instructions on the screen to download, save, and install the patch files.

Finding Oracle Documentation

The Oracle website contains links to all Oracle user and reference documentation. You can view or download a single document or an entire product library.

Finding Oracle Health Sciences Documentation

To get user documentation for Oracle Health Sciences applications, including an HTML version of this guide, go to the Oracle Health Sciences documentation page at:


Always check the Oracle Health Sciences Documentation page to ensure you have the latest updates to the documentation.

Finding Other Oracle Documentation

To get user documentation for other Oracle products:

  1. Go to the following Web page:

    Alternatively, you can go to, point to the Support tab, and then click Documentation.

  2. Scroll to the product you need and click the link.

  3. Click the link for the documentation you need.

Related Documents

This section lists the documents in the Oracle Thesaurus Management System documentation set. The most recent version of each guide is posted on the Oracle website; see "Finding Oracle Health Sciences Documentation".

  • Oracle Thesaurus Management System Installation Guide

  • Oracle Thesaurus Management System User's Guide

In addition, Oracle Thesaurus Management System customers can request a copy of the Oracle Thesaurus Management System Technical Reference Manual from Oracle Support.


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