This page provides basic information about the search and how to use it to its fullest potential.
When entering terms separated by spaces, the documents returned will match all the terms in the query. The more terms entered, the more precise the results will be. Note that all searches are case insensitive.
Search will match exact terms and stemmed variations of the terms. For example for the term walk, search will match the terms walk, walking, and walked.
Surround the term or phrase in quotes to find documents matching an exact term or phrase. Using quotes also prevents stemming of search terms. Note that all searches are case insensitive.
A wildcard is a character used to substitute a range of possible characters. For best results, apply quotes around the terms to avoid stemmed variations in the search results. The following wildcards are valid:
Boolean search allows the use of logical expressions to find documents. The following Boolean operators are available:
Proximity search finds documents where terms are found within a maximum distance from one another. Adjacent terms are considered to be 1 term apart. If no distance is specified, the distance defaults to 6.
Many documents contain additional information relating to its content. This is referred to as metadata, and is captured in fields. A user can perform queries against specific fields to return relevant results. The following syntax is used to search fields:
The search supports four field searches:
Any terms included after the colon will be matched against the specified field. Once the search encounters AND, OR, NOT, or XOR in a query, it will match the remaining expression against the entire document.
There are two search interfaces: Basic and Advanced. This allows for more possibilities with a search queries. The Advanced interface provides a number of features not available in the Basic interface.
By default, search will search for documents in the same language as the search page. Use the Language drop-down to search for documents in English only, French only, or both English and French. Note that by default stemming is turned on in the language of the search page, when searching in both languages place the search terms in quotes to turn off the stemming feature.
Searches can be done for documents that were last modified on a specific date or within a range of dates. To specify a range of dates, enter the dates in the From date field (start date) and the To date field (end date). To find a document that was last modified on a specific date, enter the same date in both the From date and the To date fields. The format of the date is always YYYY-MM-DD (four-digit year, two-digit month two-digit day).
To search for documents in specific formats such as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF, use the File format drop-down to narrow the search.
By default, search will return 10 documents per results page. Use the Results drop-down box to view more than 10 results on a page.