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How to use the Search Facility

Note: These instructions are for using the Search Facility on the International Business Forum.
For help on using Google search, please refer to the Google Help page.

  • The search is case-insensitive, with the exception of the booleans AND, OR, and NOT.
  • You don't need to put quotes around search words.
  • You can use the booleans AND, OR, and NOT (that have to be in UPPERCASE) in searching. Without these booleans, or when you type and, or, or not in lowercase, an OR relationship is assumed. Evaluation takes place from left to right only, although you can use parentheses to force the order of evaluation.
  • You can also use wildcards (asterisks) to search for matches to the beginnings of words only - you shouldn't put asterisks at the front or in the middle of words.
  • The maximum number of files returned is currently preset at 40. If you get more than 40 results, you can select the 2nd or higher Page number. You can also make your search more specific by adding conditions such as by placing the AND or NOT boolean between keywords.

  example 1: john AND doe OR jane
  example 2: john AND (doe OR NOT jane)
  example 3: NOT (john OR jane) AND doe
  example 4: j* AND doe

  1. This search evaluates the expression from left to right.
  2. This search will also be evaluated from left to right, although the operation in parentheses will be evaluated as a whole first.
  3. john OR jane will be evaluated first, a NOT operation will be performed on that, then everything will be ANDed with doe.
  4. This will search for all files that contain words starting with the letter j and that also contain doe.


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