Ministry of Health
At its simplest, a search can be just a word or a phrase. But with the tips on
this page, you can expand the focus of your query to give you more complete
results. These tips will get you started with basic searching language and
acquaint you with the full power of ADHB's search engine.
Look for words with the same
prefix. For example, in your query form type key* to find
keying, keyhole, keyboard, and so on.
Search for all forms of a
word. For example, in the form type sink** to find sink,
sinking, sank, and sunk.
Search with the keyword
rather than AND, for words close to each other.
For example, both of these queries, system and manager and
system near manager, look for the words system and
on the same page. But with NEAR, the returned pages are
ranked in order of proximity: The closer together the words are, the higher
the rank of that page.
Refine your queries with the
AND NOT keywords to exclude certain text from your search. For
example, if you want to find all instances of surfing but not
the Net, write the following query:
surfing AND NOT the
Add the OR
keyword to find all instances of either one word or another, for example:
Manager OR GM
This query finds all pages
that mention Manager or GM or both.
Put quotation marks around
keywords if you want the search to be literal. For instance, if you type the
"general near manager"
AHSL search engine will literally look for the complete phrase general near
manager. But if you type the same query without the quotation marks:
general near manager
The engine searches all documents for the words general and
Free Text Queries if you want to enter queries using natural
language. The search engine will examine your query, extract nouns and noun
phrases and construct a query for you. With free text queries you can enter
any text you want, from a proper question, to a string of words and phrases,
without worrying about the query language. For example, if you type in the
"How do I get a new computer account?"
AHSL search engine will create a query for you automatically and begin the
search. Note that when you're using free text queries, the regular query
language features are disabled and keywords such as AND,
OR, and NEAR are interpreted as normal words.
- When using words in conjunction with one
another you should realise that if you type in patient report, the
search engine will look for documents containing the words "patient
report" together on a page. If you type patient AND report,
the search engine will look for instances of patient on pages and
also report on pages.