The Search tool is available on all pages, sitewide. It sits in the top right of all pages.
TIP: News items, calendar events, New Cases, Library resources, and listserv messages will be available for searches once your site content is indexed. Currently, the site indexes every hour. So if you've changed or posted content, you should expect to wait less than an hour before that change is reflected in search results.
probono.net uses the 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
- Advanced Search
- Shared Content Searches
The keyword search extends to all of the major content areas of the site. While there will be some variation, based on your membership permissions and whether these tools are in use in your area, these generally include:
- News (not expired News)
- Body Text
- Author Name
- CLE Comments
- Attachment (including PDF documents, as long as they've been canned "OCR," which converts image to text)
- New Cases (Not expired Cases)
- Mail List Messages
- About, Help, and other flexible content pages
The following pages and items are NOT included in site search results
- Area Home Pages
- Pro Bono Opportunities Guide
- Items that are not marked "Approved"
Keyword 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.
Most queries can be written by entering the words and phrases you're interested in.
- Words: If you want to see documents dealing with custody you can start with a single-word query, such as:
protection: Your query finds all items that include the word protection.
- 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:
order of protection: Your query finds only items that include that exact phrase in that exact order.
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.
- and - Returns results containing all specified words regardless of order.
- or - Returns results containing any of the specified words, regardless of order.
- not - Eliminates results containing a specified word. Ex: "support not spousal"
- W/n Returns results containing specified search terms proximity (by number of words, n, requested up to 255) to each other
Example: "Aker Kennedy" returns results with the case name Aker v. Kennedy
- W/s Returns results where the word before and after the operator must be in the same sentence.
- W/p Returns results where the word before and after the operator must be in the same paragraph.
Example: "custody protective order"
- " " (double quotes) - Use quotes to make sure that only the specific word is found. (Can also be used to find phrases.)
Example: "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.
Example: "bank*" (finds bank and bankrupt)
The search treats the "@" character as a blank space. If you're searching for an email address substitute a blank space for the "@" symbol in an email address.
Example: "info probono.net" will return results for "email@example.com"
By default, search results are displayed with all tools' results available in one, combined list. You may refine results by clicking on the tab for the tool in which you are interested. Each tab's default list shows the first 25 results of a given search . Click on the page number or "Next" links at the bottom of the page to see additional returns.
This feature allows you to refine your search using any combination of three filters:
- Tool (Library, News, Calendar, etc.)
- Date Posted
Click on the Advanced Search link found below all regular search boxes to pull up the form. Follow these steps for using the form:
- Text: You can search using any single word, phrase, or boolean string (i.e., multiple words or phrases connected by "or", "and" or "not").
You can use keywords in combination with any of the following filters or additional search fields:
- Topic: You can limit your search to resources associated wtih any topic presented on this dropdown list.
- Search in: This dropdown list presents all of the separate tools that are active in the area you're searching. Select any single tool to limit your search to just that area of the site (e.g., Library or News or Calendar, etc.)
- Date Posted: Select a Date posted to limit your search to content published during the period selected.
TIP: Date Posted refers to the date an item was published onto the site, not the date on which a calendar event is being held.
TIP: Use this field to quickly find out what content has been posted since your last visit to the site. You can isolate content posted in the last week, last month, last 3 months, last 6 months, last year, or content posted before the last year.
- Shared Content: (see below)
One useful tool featured in the Advanced Search allows you to extend your search beyond a single area to include content published in other probono.net sites.
To conduct a shared search, follow these steps:
- Find the Shared Content area at the bottom of the Advanced Search form.
- Check the box next to "Search shared content from other practice areas"
- Click "Search"
To learn how to share content with other probono.net site, see Publishing Shared Content.