How to Search Online
It's easy to find the information you want!
Type query criteria.
Click Submit Query.
Documents that meet your criteria are displayed as a report.
Finding words and phrases
Type the word you want to find (computer) or type a phrase (blue
harvest moon) to find those words, in that order. To find variations
of word stems, type an asterisk at the end of one or more words (comput*
tech*). Use the symbols &/ ! between words or phrases to
represent Boolean AND, OR, NOT. Include a space before and after the symbol.
See examples below.
||a phrase (those words, in that order)
|sales / marketing
||either word (or both)
|sales & marketing
||items that contain both words (items that contain
just one of the words will be ignored)
|health policy ! medical benefit*
||“health policy” but not “medical benefits”
Words joined by & / ! are evaluated in left-to-right order:
& white / blue finds items that are red and white, or items that
are blue. Use parentheses to control evaluation order: red & (white
/ blue) finds items that are red and white or red and blue.
Finding a term (exact, complete match)
A term is a complete item, with no additional text before or after. To
search for a term, precede it with an equal sign (=). For example, =john
smith finds only that complete term (does not find just "john” or just
"smith" or that phrase embedded in other text).
Case and Punctuation
Case in query criteria is usually ignored (a search for joe smith
finds Joe Smith). Punctuation is also ignored, except for the and-or-not
symbols (& / !) and the colon for range searches ( : ).
If you want these characters to be interpreted literally, use quotation
marks ("Smith & Wesson") or replace the punctuation with a space
To clear query criteria, click the Reset button on the search form.
Submit Query Button
To start your search, click the Submit Query button.
If you cannot determine what caused the error, try
a simpler search (e.g., just a word in a box) to see if it works. If even
simple searches don't work, contact the webmaster for the site.
I found too many records.
If you used an asterisk, omit it and try an exact search instead (search
for computer technology instead of comp*).
Try using a Boolean symbol (& / !) between words to construct
more precise queries. For example, to find articles about mythology, not
cartoons, search for hercules ! cartoon.
If the item you're searching for includes punctuation, substitute spaces
for punctuation (search for db textworks, not db/textworks) or surround
the item with quotation marks ("db/textworks").
I didn't find any records.
Examine the contents of the search form (especially
if it is longer than the screen) to verify that you don't have query criteria
left over from a previous search.
If you are not sure of the spelling, use an asterisk after the first
few characters (colo*) or separate several possible spellings with
a forward slash (search for color / colour).
If your search includes Boolean symbols (/
& !), put spaces around the symbols.
Do not use words (and, or, not) for Boolean operators.
You must use symbols (& / !).
Try using / instead of & between words. Using /
means either word can be present (john / paul finds John or Paul).
Using & means both words must be present (john & paul
will not find just "John" or just "Paul").
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