Case studies search tips

Case studies search help

To perform a search, type one or more words in the Search box . The Search returns a list of articles that contain one or more of your words. Search finds singular and plural forms of words and corrects minor misspellings.


Understand your search results


The most relevant pages appear at the top of your results.
Common words are not excluded from the search. For example:
an, a, the


Effective search strategies


To make your search more effective, do the following:

  1. Be specific. Try using words that are unique or try adding descriptive words. For example, a search for thinkpad may give you too many results. If you're really looking for ThinkPad drivers, specify thinkpad drivers or thinkpad dvd drivers.
  2. Try using synonyms. If you get too few results or Search doesn't find what you're looking for, try synonyms for your original words. For example, instead of searching for java classes, try java education. Try "cats OR felines OR kittens." The OR operator finds documents containing any of these.
  3. Check your spelling. A single misspelled or mistyped word can change your results.
  4. Learn from your results. Your search may not return exactly what you're looking for, but scanning the results may help you see the words that were found and give you ideas for other searches.
  5. If there are too many results, try using AND. If there are too few results, try OR.
    1. Lotus OR Rational Returns documents with one or the other (returns more results)
    2. Lotus AND Rational Returns documents with both (returns fewer results)
  6. Search is not case sensitive. UML or uml will return the same set of documents

Boolean Operators


Phrase searching

If you wish to choose an exact phrase, the use of double quotes (" ") for a phrase or the placement of two words next to each other returns the same set of results.

Lotus notes or "lotus notes" will return the same set of results.

AND
If you wish to choose all of the words to narrow your request, you must use 'AND' between the words For example: uml AND modeling will return documents that have both words anywhere within the document.

OR
If you wish to choose any word, the Boolean operator 'OR' can be achieved two way with 'OR' or the use of a comma.

UML or modeling
UML, modeling


Improving your search words


Exact phrase searches Add double quotes (" ") around specific phrases to focus your search on the exact phrase. A phrase search can greatly reduce the number of results. For example, you could enter:

"lotus notes support"

This query returns only pages that have the exact phrase "lotus notes support" in them.

Expanding your search with a wildcard
Look for words that begin with the same letters by using an * (asterisk) as a wildcard. A wildcard search is useful for finding pages with words that have multiple endings. For example, you could enter:

comput*

The results contain pages with words that have the prefix comput, such as compute, computer, computing, computation, and computational.

Asterisks can be used only at the end of a word or word fragment.


Limiting your search


"Additional search criteria" is a convenient way to limit your search to a particular topic.

This is accomplished by optionally using any combination of the additional search criteria options. Please remember that the logic that is used when selecting more than one option is AND. Thus this will narrow down your search results quickly.

For example you could enter:

WebSphere in the search box and then selecting a date range of "Last Year" and then "Press Release"

This will only find Press Releases published this last year that contain "WebSphere"