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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

by References

by Section of the Act

by Reporter Citation

by Style of Cause

by Neutral Citation

Refining Your Search

Filters

Refine Search -
Search Last Results Only

Displaying Your Search

Display Options

Summaries per Page

Boolean Searching

Keyword Directory

Weekly Summaries

Searching by Summary Contains

You can search the contents of the decision summary. Enter one or more words in the Summary Contains box. Using the dropdown box beside the Summary Contains box, choose one of the following search options (click on a search option to learn more about it):

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

Then, click on the Search button to start your 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 a summary that contains all the words which you typed in the Summary Contains box.

---> For example:
A search for chronic pain will display only decisions where the word chronic AND the word pain appear in the decision summary. 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 Summary Contains 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 words such as early, earnings and hearing.


Any Words

Selecting this option will cause the search to display decisions with a summary that contains any of the words which you typed in the Summary Contains box.

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

---> Note:
If the word you typed in the Summary Contains 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 words such as early, earnings and hearing.


Exact Phrase

Selecting this option causes the search to display only decisions with a summary that contains the exact phrase which you typed in the Summary Contains box.

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

Boolean

See the section on Boolean searching.

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