These tips will get you started with basic query language and acquaint you with the available search options.
A few tips to note before beginning:
- The search engine is not case-sensitive and so will return the same results for a search on Australia as it will for a search on australia
- By default, the search interprets and searches for words that derive from a common stem. For example, a search for instructional returns files that contain instruct, instructs, instructions, and so on.
- This default search only works with full words, not word fragments such as instru. For word fragment searches, you are best to use the instru* option.
- Spaces between words turn the words into a phrase.
- AND takes precedence over OR. So a search for flag or anthem or australia and national will see (australia and national) or flag or anthem occur. To control precedence, brackets can be used, for example (flag or anthem or australia) and national.
Below are some common searching examples.
||Documents containing depart or department or departments or departmental, and so on.|
||Documents containing ONLY the word department|
|dep*||Documents containing ANY word beginning with dep, including depart or department or departments or departmental as well as departure or depot or deputy and so on.|
|department and flag||Documents containing the words depart or department or departments or departmental AND the words flag or flags or flagged.|
|department or flag||Documents containing the words depart or department or departments or departmental OR the words flag or flags or flagged. (You can also search as department, flag)|
|department not flag||Documents containing the words depart or department or departments or departmental but NOT the words flag or flags or flagged.|
||Documents containing an exact match of the PHRASE 'department flag'|
|australia <near> prime||Documents containing the word australia NEAR the word prime (within 1000 words).
The closer the search terms are to one another, the higher the document appears in the search results.
|australia <near/5> prime||
Documents containing the word australia WITHIN 5 words of the word
|australia <paragraph> prime||Documents containing the word australia in the same PARAGRAPH as the word prime.
To search for three or more words in the same paragraph, simple repeat. For example australia <paragraph> prime <paragraph> minister
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