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Tips for Searching

This page provides guidance on how to use the Quick Search facility implemented on this website. The search facility will search the entire website, including any judgments.

At its simplest, a query can be just a word or a phrase. But with the tips on this page, you can expand the focus of your query to give you more complete results. These tips will get you started with basic query language and acquaint you with the full power of Quick Search.

Search with the keyword NEAR, rather than AND, for words close to each other. For example, both of these queries, system and manager and system near manager, look for the words system and manager on the same page. But with NEAR the returned pages are ranked in order of proximity: The closer together the words are, the higher the rank of that page.

Refine your queries with the AND NOT keywords to exclude certain text from your search. For example, if you want to find all instances of surfing but not the Net, write the following query:

surfing AND NOT the Net

Add the OR keyword to find all instances of either one word or another, for example:

Abbott OR Costello

This query finds all pages that mention Abbott or Costello or both

note: this is the default option for this website, omitting the OR will return the same results.

Put quotation marks around keywords if you want Quick Search to take them literally. For instance, if you type the following query:

"system near manager"

Quick Search will literally look for the complete phrase system near manager. But if you type the same query without the quotation marks:

system near manager

Quick Search searches all documents for the words system and manager.

Use Free Text Queries if you want to enter queries using natural language. Quick Search will examine your query, extract nouns and noun phrases and construct a query for you. With free text queries you can enter any text you want, from a proper question, to a string of words and phrases, without worrying about the query language. For example, if you type in the following query:

"How do I find what I am looking for?"

Quick Search will create a query for you automatically and begin the search. Note that when you're using free text queries, the regular query language features are disabled and keywords such as AND, OR, and NEAR are interpreted as normal words.