Begin by typing in a few words or phrases. Use discriminating terms that are likely to be found only in the documents you seek. These tips may help improve your results.
- Use double-quotes to search for a specific phrase.
Example: "pension plan"
Result: Finds results that contain "pension plan".
- Use nouns as keywords. Avoid using articles or prepositions like “a,” “the,” or “from.”
- Use lower case when case doesn't matter. Otherwise, an exact match is used.
- You can use a + in front of a term to require it in the results.
Result: Displays only results with the word "benefit."
- You can use a - (minus sign) in front of a term to exclude it from the results.
Result: Excludes results with the word "provider."
- Spell carefully, and consider alternate spellings.
- Using the word AND will narrow your search.
Example: pension AND plan
Result: Includes results with the words "pension" and "plan."
- To refine your results, or for more options, choose advanced search.
- Use the “search these results” link to further narrow your search.
- Root word searches return words that contain the same prefix. Use an asterisk (*).
Result: Includes results for "report," "reports," and "reporting."
- Stem word searches return words that contain the same base stem. Use two asterisks (**).
Result: Includes results for "litigate," "litigation."
- You can search for mixed alphanumeric terms.
Example: "401K, 403b."
- Capitalize proper names if it will help to reduce ambiguity.
Example: “White House” vs. “white house”
- You can use a comma to search for more than one phrase.
Example: standard termination, pension plan
Result: Includes results that contain "standard termination" first, and "pension plan" second.
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