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Use the navigational menus and the home page to get an at-a-glance view of the entire Web site.  If you are looking for something specific, use the search feature at the top of your screeen.  Start by entering a meaningful term or phrase.
Tips for Effective Searching

Use topical words, not questions in the search term field

Avoid acronyms

Narrow search results 

  • Use a combination of relevant terms.  Use as many words as possible that are likely to be found in the title and the body of the documents for which you are searching. Search results are based on how many search words and their synonyms are found.
  • Use Advanced Search to filter results by Date or Author.
  • Sort results by Author or Date 

An integrator may customize the program to allow for "fuzzy" phrase searches. "Fuzzy" phrase matching allows you to search for a phrase even when you don’t know the exact order of the words in the phrase, or when one or two words fall between the first word and any other word in the search phrase. For example, a fuzzy search on the phrase "Jane Smith" would locate:

Jane Smith

Smith, Jane

Jane Ann Smith

Jane and Bob Smith

A query that substitutes part of a word, name, or number with a wildcard character (*, ?, [search expression], _, @, \, #, ^ ) to substitute for unknowns in the search terms or database, or to search for multiple terms; wildcards can be used in Concept or Boolean mode (not Pattern), in full text search or field entries, in multiple words, and even multiple times in one word

Search is narrowed by:

  • setting a lower number of wildcard words to use in the wildcard expansion
  • using the Advanced Search tab to choose specific expansions

Search is widened by setting a higher number of wildcard words to use

Search time is generally faster because no semantic expansion is performed on wildcard words; however, if wildcards are used too broadly (such as co*), or if you set the number of wildcard words very high, the search time can be long and the response too large to be useful

Most effective when you are:

  • searching for a proper name that you can’t remember how to spell
  • searching for multiple terms that have several similar characters (such as model "C1050," "C1051," and "C1052")
  • not sure what form a particular word takes in the database, and want to ensure that all forms of it are found

 Wildcard  Description  Example
@ match exactly one alpha character c@re
# match exactly one numeric character #600

take the next character literally; not as an operator

NOTE: This operator works only if the character following it has been indexed for searches.

* match any character(s) (including nothing) pharma*
? match exactly one character la?er
[ ] search expression; can include a hyphen to indicate a range of letters or numbers; will match only one character within the brackets A[1-5]
[^] match any character except the next character 199[^1-3]

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Jennifer Nolan - senior manager, Content Management
Jennifer Nolan - senior manager, Content Management

Jennifer Nolan

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