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Decision Search Help: General Instructions

Performing a Search

by Decision No.

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by Structured Keywords

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Displaying Your Search

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Keyword Directory

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Searching by using Structured Keywords

Keywords are words or phrases assigned to decisions that can aid you in identifying the subject matter of a decision. The best way to find relevant decisions is by performing a keyword search.

There are two ways to perform a keyword search: (1) Enter keywords directly in the Structured Keywords box; or (2) use the Keyword Directory.

Method 1: Enter Keywords Directly in the Structured Keywords box

Enter one or more words in the Structured Keywords box that you believe would be used as keywords for the decisions you are searching. Using the dropdown box beside the Structured Keywords box, choose one of the following search options (click on a search option to learn more about it):

Any words - (Note: this is the default)
All Words
Exact phrase
Boolean.

Then, click on the Search button to start your search.

--> Method 1 Search Tip
You can use the Keyword Directory to find keywords, which you can then type in directly to the Structured Keywords box.

 

Method 2: Use the Keyword Directory

See the section on Keyword Directory search.


Search Options
The search option that you choose will determine how the search will be performed.


All Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions with keyword phrases that contain all the words which you typed in the Structured Keywords box.

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

---> Note #1:
The search will only display decisions in which the words you typed in the Structured Keywords box appears in the same keyword phrase. For example, a search for heart attack stress will display the following decision (among others):

Decision No. 2029 99
* Heart attack (stress)
* Police

In Decision No. 2029 99, the words heart, attack and stress all appear in one keyword phrase.

However, the following decision will not be displayed:

Decision 1977 99
* Heart attack
* Reconsideration (consideration of evidence)
* Stress, mental

In Decision No. 1977 99, the words heart and attack appear in one keyword phrase while the word stress appears in a different keyword phrase. Therefore, although these words are all keywords found in this decision, the All Words option will exclude this decision from the search result.

If you want to do a search based on all the keywords assigned to a decision, use the Boolean feature. To capture decisions in which heart, attack and stress appear in keywords assigned to a decision, even though these words appear in different keyword phrases, perform your search in the following manner:

  1. Choose the Boolean search option.
  2. In the Structured Keywords box, type heart and attack and stress.
  3. Click on the Search button to start your search.

For more information on how to do boolean searches, see the section on Boolean searching.

---> Note #2:
If the word you typed in the Structured Keywords box is part of a longer word, that longer word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for the word ear will cause the search to also display decisions with keywords such as early, earnings and hearing.


Any Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions with keywords that contain any of the words which you typed in the Structured Keywords box.

---> For example:
A search for chronic pain will display decisions where the word chronic OR the word pain appears in the keywords. These words may or may not be found in the same keyword phrase. The result would therefore be broader than the "All Words" search.

---> Note:
If the word you typed in the Structured Keywords box is part of a longer word, that longer word will also be included in the search result. For example, a search for the word ear will cause the search to also display decisions with keywords such as early, earnings and hearing.


Exact Phrase

Selecting this option causes the search to display only decisions with keywords that contain the exact phrase which you typed in the Structured Keywords box.

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

 

Boolean

See the section on Boolean searching.

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