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Decision Search Help: General Instructions

Performing a Search

by Decision No.

by Release Date Range

by Structured Keywords

by Summary

by Name of Panel Member

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by Style of Cause

by Neutral Citation

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Displaying Your Search

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Keyword Directory

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Searching using the Keyword Directory

The keyword terms which the Tribunal assigns to its decisions are very specific. Therefore, if you are unfamiliar with the keywords used by the Tribunal on its decisions, it is strongly recommended that you use the Keyword Directory to perform your keyword search. The Keyword Directory provides you with a list of keywords that could possibly be assigned to a decision. Choose keywords from this list and perform your search.

How to Use the Keyword Directory

  1. Click on the Keyword Directory button.
  2. The Decision Summary Keyword Directory page opens up.
  3. In the Keyword Contains box, enter one or more words that you think are relevant to the decisions you are searching for.
  4. Using the dropdown box beside the Keyword Contains box, choose one of the following search options (click on a search option to learn more about it):
  5. Click on the Search button.
  6. A new box called Keywords will appear. This box will contain all the keyword phrases in the Tribunal's database that contains the word or group of words which you entered in the Keyword Contains box in Step #5, whether these words appear in the main heading or subheading of a Tribunal keyword phrase.
  7. Browse through the list in the Keywords box and highlight the keywords which you would like to include in your search.
    (To highlight consecutive keywords, click on the first keyword, hold down the SHIFT key and click on the last keyword you would like to include in your search.)
    (To highlight keywords that are not consecutive, press and hold down the CTRL key while clicking each keyword that you want to include in your search.)
  8. After you have specified your choice, click on the Add to Search button.
  9. A new box called Selected Keywords will appear. This box will contain the keywords which you have selected from the Keywords box in Step #8 above.
  10. You can add more keywords to your Selected Keywords list by clicking on more keywords in the Keywords box and clicking Add to Search or by entering other words in the Keyword Contains box, and going through Steps #5-#9 above. Additional keywords will be added (in alphabetical order) to the list already showing in the Selected Keywords box.
  11. You can remove keywords from the Selected Keywords box by highlighting the keyword and clicking the Remove Keyword button.
  12. You can start a new keyword search at any time by clicking on the New Keyword Search button.
  13. When you are satisfied with the list shown in the Selected Keywords box, click on the Decision Search button to return to the Decision Search screen.
  14. All the keywords which were listed in the Selected Keywords box will be transferred to the Structured Keywords box of the Decision Search screen.
  15. If you specified more than one keyword phrase, a new dropdown box will appear under the Structured Keywords box. You can choose between Any Keyword and All Keywords from this dropdown box. Your choice will determine how your search will be performed.
  16. Click on the Search button to start your search.

Any Keyword - the result of your search will include decisions that contain one or more of the keyword phrases which you specified.

---> For example:
If the following keyword phrases appeared in the Structured Keywords box:
* Heart attack
* Stress, mental

The following decisions will be displayed (among others):

Decision No. 1064 02
* Heart attack

Decision No. 215 98
* Stress, mental
* Police

Decision No. 1977 99
* Heart attack
* Reconsideration (consideration of evidence)
* Stress, mental

Heart attack and stress, mental may or may not be found together in the same decision.

All Keywords - the result of your search will include decisions that contain all of the keyword phrases which you specified.

---> For example:
To use the example above, only Decision No. 1977 99 will be displayed as a result of your search. Only this decision contains both the keyword phrases Heart attack and Stress, mental.

 

Search Options
The search option that you choose will determine how the search on the word or group of words which you entered in the Keyword Contains box will be performed.

All Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display keywords that contain all the words which you typed in the Keyword Contains box.

---> For example:
A search for chronic pain will display only keywords where the word chronic AND the word pain appear in the same keyword phrase. The two words do not need to be in any specific order and may be separated by other words.

---> Note:
If the word you typed in the Keyword Contains box is part of a bigger word, that bigger word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for the word ear will cause the search to also display keyword phrases with words such as early, earnings and hearing.

Any Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display keywords that contain any of the words which you typed in the Keyword Contains box. The words may or may not be found in the same keyword phrase.

---> For example:
A search for chronic pain will display keywords where the word chronic OR the word pain appear in a keyword phrase. The result would therefore be broader than the "All Words" search.

---> Note:
If the word you typed in the Keyword Contains box is part of a bigger word, that bigger word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for the word ear will cause the search to also display keyword phrases with words such as early, earnings and hearing.

Exact Phrase

Selecting this option causes the search to display only keywords that contain the exact phrase which you typed in the Keyword Contains box.

---> For example:
A search for chronic pain will display decisions where the exact phrase chronic pain appears together in a keyword phrase.

Boolean

Selecting this option enables you to use the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT to perform your search in the Keyword Contains box. We will illustrate its use by citing examples as shown below.

chronic AND pain

The search will display keywords where the word chronic and the word pain both appear in the same keyword phrase. The two words do not need to be in any specific order and may be separated by other words. Examples of keywords that will result from this search are:

Causation (chronic pain)
Chronic pain
Pensions (assessment) (chronic pain) (mixed pain)

chronic OR pain

The search will display keywords where the word chronic or the word pain appear in a keyword phrase. These words may or may not appear in the same keyword phrase. The result will be broader than the "All Words" search. Examples of keywords that will result from this search are:

Causation (chronic pain)
Chronic pain
Laryngitis (chronic)
Pain
Pensions (assessment) (chronic pain) (mixed pain)

chronic NOT pain

The search will display keywords where the word chronic but not the word pain appears in a keyword phrase. Examples of keywords that will result from this search are:

Chronic obstructive lung disease
Laryngitis (chronic)

---> Note:
In any of the boolean searches, if the word you typed in the Keyword Contains box is part of a bigger word, that bigger word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for the word ear will cause the search to also display keyword phrases with words such as early, earnings and hearing.

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