Tips on Searching
TIPS ON SEARCHING
We use Verity search engine. This supports both simple word searches and boolean queries - meaning that you can refine your queries using logical operators such as "and", "or" and "not". The information below introduces how to search this site, and covers:
- What is searched?
- Basic Queries
- Refining Queries
- Search Hints
- Search Results
- Shared Content Searches
- New Cases
- Mail List Messages
Search indexes include all of the major fields associated with each piece of content (Title, Organization, Description, Location, etc.), and, in the case of the Library, includes the body of file attachments in most common file formats, including Word, WordPerfect, Excel, HTML and most PDF files.
Words: If you want to see documents dealing with custody you can start with a single-word query, such as:
order of protectionYour query finds only items that include that exact phrase in that exact order.
Phrases: To see documents that refer to a series of words that occur in a specific order, such as "order of protection" or "in forma pauperis," enter the whole phrase:
Note: Searches will be case-insensitive unless you use uppercase. The query apple will return Apple, apple or even aPpLe, whereas the query Apple will return only Apple. This means that all search words should be in lower-case, unless you are searching for a word that always has the same capitalization.
andReturns results containing all specified words regardless of order. orReturns results containing any of the specified words, regardless of order.not
Refining Queries TOP
You can make your queries more specific by combining the words you used for basic queries with operators. Operators are special words that are used to indicate logical relationships between the descriptive terms that make up your query.
Eliminates results containing a specified word.
Ex: "support not spousal"<near>
Returns results containing specified search terms in proximity to each other.
Ex: "Aker <near> Kennedy" returns results with the case name Aker v. Kennedy<sentence>
Returns results where the word before and after the operator must be in the same sentence or paragraph.
Ex: "custody <paragraph> protective order"" "
Use quotes to make sure that only the specific word is found. (Can also be used to find phrases.)
Ex: "bank" will only find the word bank and not banking, banked or banker.?
Wildcard operator that represents any one character. You can use a ? to specify the first letter of a word.
Wildcard operator that represents one or more characters. You cannot use a * to specify the first letter of a word.
Ex: "bank*" (finds bank and bankrupt)
The search treats the "@" character as a blank space, so if you're searching for an email address, substitute a blank space for the @.
Ex: "mobrien probono.net" will return results for "firstname.lastname@example.org"Case Names
Do not include periods (".") in your searches.
Ex: "Aker <near> Kennedy" returns results with the case name Aker v. Kennedy Instead, use the <near> operator
Search Results are displayedby tool, with the first 5 results for each tool visible on the default results page. Click on the "more..." link below any set of results to see additional returns.
After you have conducted a search, you will have the option to "search shared content from all practice areas." By clicking on this box, your search will run again on items posted in other practice areas which have been marked as "shared" by the practice area hosts.
When your search is finished, items pulled from other practice areas will appear on the Search Results page and each item will indicate the source practice area from which it originated.