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 Published: 28/11/2011

Search Help

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 key, 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 NEAR, 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 manager 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 Net

  • 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 following query:

    "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 manager.

  • Use 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 following query:

    "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.