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Keyword Input
Keyword box

The search tool is quite flexible and allows the end user to extensively focus the search results. Searches can be performed utilizing keywords, multiple keywords, phrases, Boolean operators and combinations of each.

If no keyword is provided and search "All" is selected then all FOIA Reading Records will be returned.

  • Single keyword = doghouse
    Search results will include records with the keyword doghouse in the document.

  • Multiple keywords = dog house
    Search results will include records with both the keywords dog and house in the document.

  • Phrase = "dog house" enclosed in double quotes.
    Search results will include documents with the exact phrase "dog house" in the document. Phrases can be combined with Boolean operators such as "dog house" OR "mad cow".

  • Compound words = "electro-mechanical" enclosed in double quotes.
    Search results will include documents with the exact phrase "electro-mechanical" in the document. Compound words containing a hyphen should be treated as phrases and be enclosed in double quotes.

Punctuation marks such as the period (.), colon (:), semicolon (;), and comma (,) are ignored during a search.



Boolean Operators
Boolean operators are tools used to narrow your search results. They include AND or +, OR or |, AND NOT or -. Parenthesis are recognized for grouping Boolean phrases.
  • AND or + (the plus symbol) operator connecting two or more keywords or phrases will only match documents containing all keywords or phrases. AND is the default operator when two or more keywords or phrases are entered without an operator.

    - dog AND "chew toy" is the equivalent of dog "chew toy".

    - dog AND house is the equivalent of dog house.

  • AND NOT or - (the minus symbol) operator forbids the word or word phrase that follows it from appearing in the search result set.

    - red handbag -leather will find records containing words red and handbag and screens out records with the word leather.

    - dog -"chew toy" will return records with the word dog but not the phrase "chew toy".

    - light emitting diode -"semiconductor" will find records containing words light, emitting and diode and screens out records with words such as semiconductor.

    - red handbag -leather -plastic -pink will find records with the words red and handbag but screens out records with the words leather or plastic or pink.

  • OR connecting two or more keywords or phrases, will match records containing any of the keywords or phrases.

    - dog OR "chew toy" returns records containing the keyword dog or the phrase "chew toy".

  • OR or | (the vertical pipe symbol) operator connecting two or more keywords or phrases, will match documents containing any of the keywords or phrases.

    - dog OR house AND wood matches records containing both the keywords house and wood, as well as records containing the keyword dog.

    - dog OR "chew toy" returns documents containing the keyword dog or phrase "chew toy".





Wildcards
- FOIA Let* will find records containing words FOIA and words beginning with the letters let (such as letter).

- FOIA Let* -Kerry will return records with the word FOIA and words beginning with the letters let but not the word "Kerry".





Correct Syntax
  • Two operators are not allowed next to each other.

  • No operator is allowed to start or end a query.

  • FOIA Electronic Reading Room Search is not case sensitive and views mike, MIKE, and Mike as equivalents when searching.

  • Keywords can be any string of more than one letter and/or digits; but, cannot include non-alphanumeric characters such as: `~ ! @ # $ % ^ & and white space (tabs).