Tips for Better Search Results

Tip 1: Use Phrases in Quotes

Example:  "audit files"                            

Without quotation marks, any page containing the words "audit" OR "files" will appear in results.
When surrounded by quotation marks, the words are treated as a phrase and only pages with the exact phrase "audit files" will appear in results. This is the most powerful query refinement technique.

Tip 2: Use a Plus (+) or Minus (-) Sign to Require or Reject Words

Example:  audit files +system -withdrawn       

You can require that the word "system" be in any documents in the results list by placing a plus (+) sign before it.
You can reject words with the minus (-) sign.
In the example, no documents with the word “withdrawn" will appear on the results page unless a search engine is programmed to make them appear above the regular results list.

Tip 3: Capitalize When Appropriate

Example:  Maritime Awareness Global Network (MAGNET) System    

All titles have been entered into the repository using capital letters.  By capitalizing letters in your search, you can increase the relevance of your search results.

Tip 4: Combine Tips 1, 2, and 3

Example:  audit files +"Internal Revenue Service" +system      

By combining phrases with a plus (+) or minus (-) sign, and capitalizing where it's appropriate, you can increase the relevance of search results.

Tip 5: Spell Out All Acronyms

Example:  Internal Revenue Service (IRS)   

Avoid using acronyms for instance: IRS for Internal Revenue Service can be mistaken for another acronym such as IRS-CI and effect search results.

Tip 6: Searching by Job Number

Example:  url:N1-016-00-001     

Use the example above. Enter url: and then the job number. DO NOT enter any spaces. To narrow your search to the the sf115 use the following example.
Search for SF115 only: url:N1-016-00-001_sf115

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