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How to Conduct a Search

Using the Search Function by Entering Search Criteria

  • Click Switch to Search by Entering Search Criteria to display the search template.
  • Enter search terms in any one or all six search fields.
  • Click on Search to display the records that match the search criteria.
  • The default will display a list of records. To go directly to each full record click on Go directly to questions.
  • Click on Reset to clear the previous/existing search from the search template.
  • Records will be displayed in chronological order, most recent date first.

Using the Search Function with Dropdown Lists

  • Click on the drop down arrow of the Topics or Sources or Universe fields to select one or more search criteria.
  • Enter additional search terms, if needed, in the other search fields.
  • Click on Search to display the records that match the search criteria.
  • The default will display a list of records. To go directly to each full record click on Go directly to questions.
  • Click on Reset to clear the previous/existing search from the search template.
  • Records will be displayed in chronological order, most recent date first.

Using the Search Function to Locate a Question

To find questions with identical wording, copy the question without the question mark and paste it in the search field. You will also need to check to make sure that none of the Boolean connector words ("and", "or", "not") are part of the question. If any of these words or a question mark is included, the search will be recognized as a Boolean indicator thereby negating the search.

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