The INSPIRE-HEP search function merely passes your search queries onto the INSPIRE-HEP web search, so you should build your queries in the same way, except omitting the find or fin command. This help page will only give a brief introduction to the search queries. More extensive help on searching INSPIRE-HEP can be found on the page http://inspirehep.net/info/hep/search-tips .
Your query can be composed of several parts, combined using and and or as logical operators. Each part is composed of a letter or word indicating the type of field to search, followed by a space and the text to search for.
The following list shows some of the field indicators that can be used:
a or author: search author names
t or title: search in title
j: journal. Here either the common abbreviation or the 5 letter CODEN abbreviation for a journal can be used. Volume and page can also be included, separated by commas. For instance, j Phys. Rev.,D54,1 looks in the journal Phys. Rev., volume D54, page 1.
k: search in keywords
a smith and a jones: search for references with authors "smith" and "jones"
a smith or a jones: search for references with either author "smith" or author "jones"
a smith and not t processor: search for author "smith" and omit references with "processor" in the title