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Tips and Help on Searching

This page provides you with information on how to use our website's search function.
 
There are two types of search that can be performed, a simple search and an advanced search. A simple search can be performed by entering text into the search text box and hitting 'enter' or pressing the 'search' button. An advanced search can be performed by clicking on the 'advanced search' link under the search text box, then filling in information on the advanced search page.
 
Simple Search
 
The Simple Search uses Simple Query Syntax. The operators plus (+) and minus (-) are used to indicate which words or phrases are required or not required in the search results. For example:
 
The following query will request documents that contain the word governor and can also contain the phrase monetary policy committee :
 
"monetary policy committee " +governor
 
The following query will request documents that contain the word minutes and not the word mpc:
 
+minutes -mpc
 
Advanced Search
 
The Advanced Search page allows the user to customise their search for better search results.
 
Show: Selects the number of items to show on the results page
- either 10, 20, 30, 50 or 100 results.

Find results: With all of the words -
Seperates words with a boolean AND operator, finding documents that
contain all of the specified words or phrases.
eg. governor AND speech

With the exact phrase -
Uses quotes to search for the specified phrase.
eg. "governor speech"

With any of the words -
Seperates words with a boolean OR operator, finding documents that
contain any of the specified words or phrases.
eg. governor OR speech

Without the words -
Seperates words with the boolean operator NOT, removing words
or phrases from the search results.
eg. governor NOT speech

Search: Performs a search within a specific topic area of the website. Areas are "Full Site", "Financial Stability", "Markets", "Monetary Policy", "Museum","News" "Releases", "Publications", "Recruitment",
"Speeches", "Working Papers".
This allows the user to search specifically within the speeches area for example.

File format: Search for a specific document type, or choose not to include a document type in the search results. For example, the user can view only pdf documents within the results, or view a set of results that does not include any pdf documents.

Occurrences: Searches within the entire document, the title of the document or the url of the document.

Sort: Sorts the search results by relevance or by date order.