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Search word example
Search for the word document
  • This search retrieves only data that contains the term document and also includes results that contain additional forms of the term, such as documents, documentation. Please refer to Figure 1.
document number
Search for the words document or number
  • This uses a feature called “Proximity Match.” The results will include data that contain both of the words in any order, either together or widely separated. In addition, the result will also include data elements that contain each of these words individually. Please refer to Figure 2.
“document number”
Search for the exact term “document number” using quotation marks
  • When the search term is entered with quotation marks, the search engine will retrieve data that exactly match the search phrase. Please refer to Figure 3.
Figure 1: Simple Search – Document
Figure 2: Simple Search – Document Number
Figure 3: Simple Search – “Document Number”
The following characters, known as wildcards, are used to expand plain language search terms: + - = && || > < ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ " ~ * ? : \ /. The table below, explains how to use wildcard symbols in search terms.
Search for words beginning with cost, such as costs and costing
Search for words ending with ant, such as grant and applicant
Similar to cost*, but allows only single-character replacement. Therefore, this search will not return costing, but will return costs.
+disallowed +cost
Search for the words disallowed AND cost in ANY ORDER.
"disallowed cost"
Search for the words disallowed AND cost IN ORDER, similar to a phrase search.
+disallowed -cost
Search for results containing the word disallowed but NOT containing the word cost.
Search for terms that are SIMILAR to, but not exactly like cost. This will return cost and costs. (It will find a word even if it is misspelled, i.e., typographical errors.)
Another fuzzy search that allows one substituted character for each “%.” This will return budget, bubget, and bugget.
(budget cost) +federal
Search for federal AND either budget OR cost.
disallowed^2 cost
Increases the relevance of disallowed by a factor of two. Data elements containing disallowed will have increased relevance over cost, and will appear first in the results.
[ TO ]
[ 1 TO 5 ]
INCLUSIVE ranges are indicated with square brackets for dates, numbers, or a string. This type of search returns data elements containing the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.
{ TO }
{ 1 TO 5 }
EXCLUSIVE ranges are indicated with curly brackets for dates, numbers, or a string. This type of search returns data elements excluding the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
If any of these wildcard characters are included in the search language, the character must be preceded by a leading backslash. For example, to search for a form number containing -240, the query should be written as \-240.