VIVO can be searched using keywords related to topics of interest or with names of people or organizations. There are a number of search features that allow for more flexibility, including Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), and wildcard and phrase searching. A list of tips for searching VIVO can be found on the Search Tips Page.
Results can be limited further by the categories listed to the right of results. For example, imagine you are looking for people who study CLOCK genes at Penn. A search for "clock genes" will return results containing both research articles, as well as the profile pages of faculty who study or have published on this topic. By clicking on "people" to the right of the search results, you can limit the results to just people, saving yourself from having to scroll through results that are of less interest to you.