The following examples use phrase searches (phrases are always placed within quotations) although they can easily be converted to single word searches by using only a single word instead of the phrase. When searching for single words, the use of quotations is not necessary.

Search operators may be nested or combined to create more complex searches, if desired, but note there is a 300 character limitation in the search box, and spaces count towards the 300 character limit.

Important: If you use more than one search word or phrase, and do not choose an operand (OR, AND, NOT) the system will assume the use of AND to give you the most specific project results.

Example #1, Creating a search that will return results for either of two phrases:


“Iron clad doors” OR “oak wood doors”

This search will return project results where either the phrase “Iron clad doors” or “oak wood doors” is found. Note: The entire phrase must be found to return a result. (Projects simply with the word “doors” will not be returned.)

Example #2, Creating a search that will return results only when both phrases are found:


“Iron clad doors” AND “oak wood doors”

This search will return project results where only both phrases are found.
Note: Both entire phrases must be found to return a result.

Example #3, Creating a search that excludes a particular phrase:


“Steel doors” NOT (“iron doors”)

This search will return project results where the phrase “Steel doors” exists, only if the phrase “iron doors” does NOT exist in the project as well. If both terms are in the same project report, the project will not be returned.

Example #4, Creating an advanced search where one form of a word is next to (or near) another:

near((stud,rail),3)

This will return projects and/or specifications that contain the words “stud” and “rail” with up to three (3) words separating them, including phrases such as “stud rail”, “stud and rail” and “stud appears before the rail”.

near((metallic,steel),5)

This will return projects and/or specifications that contain “metallic coated steel” or “metallic coated high grade steel” but not “metallic paint that is applied over high grade steel” as there are more than 5 words between “metallic” and “steel”.

near((stud,rail*),1)

This search will return project results where the word “stud” is found with up to one (1) word between it and forms of the word “rail” (such as “rail”, “railing”, “rails”, etc.).

Example #5, Exact match vs. plural:

Optima

This will return results where Plan/Spec documents contain “Optima” and “Optimum” (plural of Optima)

“Optima”

This will return results where Plan/Spec documents contain “Optima” (exact match)

Search Term Operators

Symbol Function
Asterisk * landscap* will return landscape, landscapes, landscaped, or landscaping Wildcard character. The asterisk can stand for any number of characters and is only relevant at the end of a search word (all characters after the asterisk will be ignored.) There is a 3 characters minimum requirement before using the asterisk.
AND window AND door will return projects where documents contain the words window and door Find plans and specs that meet all criteria listed
OR window OR door will return documents that contain either the word window or door (or both) Find plans and specs that meet any criteria listed
NOT window NOT door will return documents that contain the word window, when the document does not contain the word door. Exclude a word or phrase
Double Quotes “ ” (multiple words) “wood door” will return documents that contain the exact phrase wood door. Create a search phrase
Double Quotes “ ” (single word) “wood” will return documents that contain the exact word wood Exclude plural matches
Parenthesis ( ) Find or exclude a group of words in creating more complex searches.
NEAR near((intake,screen),3)Search for “intake” within 3 words of “screen” Search for words or phrases near one another. You can specify the maximum number of words that separate the first and last search words.

Search Term Expression Examples

Search Term Expression Description
near((intake,screen),3) Search for “intake” within 3 words of “screen”
“metal roof*” OR “metal sid*” Search for phrases which begin with “metal roof” or “metal sid”

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