Power Search Form

Use the Power Search form to search for documents in a variety of news and business publications.

ValueDescription
Terms and Connectors, Natural Language

Choose the Terms and Connectors option, then use connectors to show the relationship between the terms. Or, choose the Natural Language option to search in phrases.

Tip:
  • If you choose Terms and Connectors but forget to enter connectors between your search terms, the system defaults to PRE/1 not AND.
  • If you choose Natural Language, wildcard characters such as ! and * are not valid in natural language searches.
Search tips

If searching with Terms and Connectors, click on this link to view descriptions and examples of the connectors, such as AND, OR, AND NOT, etc., which you may use in constructing your search.

Select dates

You may narrow your search to documents published on a specific day or within the date range you specify. You have several options:

All available dates (default)
To remove all date restrictions from your search, select All available dates from the drop-down list.
Today's date
To restrict your search to only results from the current day, select this option.
Select a predefined date restriction
Previous week, Previous month, Previous 3 months, Previous 6 months, Previous year, Previous 5 years, Previous 20 years.
Previous...
To specify all documents published in the previous n days, weeks, months or years, select Previous and select the value and the units of time (days, weeks, months, or years) across which you wish to search.
Custom
To base your search on a range of custom dates, select Custom from the first drop-down list. Then, complete the From and To date fields with the appropriate values in mm/dd/yyyy format.
Options include:
  • To search a range of dates, enter a From date that is greater than the To date. For example: From 01/01/2015 To 03/17/2015
  • To search for a specific date, enter the same date in the From and To fields. For example: From 01/14/2015 To 01/14/2015
  • To search all dates up to and including a specific date, leave the From date blank, but enter a To date. For example: From mm/dd/yyyy To 03/17/2015
  • To search all dates after a specific date, enter a From date, but leave the To date blank. For example: From 01/01/2015 To mm/dd/yyyy
Sources

Select a source from the drop-down list of your most recently used sources. Note that some sources cannot be removed as they are defined as key sources.

To access the UK Legislation Status Snapshots which provide you with commencement, amendment and status information in the one place, select UK Legislation Status Snapshots from the drop-down list. Alternatively, you will have the option to access this key source from within any UK Parliament Act via the Find out more box.

"I" icon
To learn more about the contents of a source, click on the "i" icon. The document that appears generally explains such things as: coverage, frequency, update schedule, content summary, publisher and available document sections. If the What do we cover? link is available, you can click on it to display a list of the available sources, grouped by publisher.
More Sources

You may add additional sources to the drop-down list.

Specify your own sources
  • Click the More Sources link.
  • Enter the desired information into the text field.
  • Select an appropriate entry (if available) from the word wheel. The system adds the source.
Find more existing sources
  • Click on the Advanced source search link.
  • Select the desired sources.
Add index termsIndex terms help you focus your search on a specific topic or broaden your search to span an entire subject. You may click on any Index Term category to find related terms to add to your search.
Specify your own index terms
  • Click on the Add Index Terms link.
  • Enter the desired information into the text field.
  • Select an appropriate entry (if available) from the word wheel. The system adds the index entry.
    Note: The connectors (OR, AND, AND NOT) determine how each term relates to the rest of your search. The first term must use AND, but you can change all others by clicking on the connector. Each connector relates only to its own term; the other connectors that precede or follow it have no influence on how it is interpreted. For example, if your terms include"AND AUTOMOTIVE AND NOT CONSTRUCTION OR INSURANCE," the OR connector does not complete a statement started by the preceding AND NOT connector. The search would return documents that match AUTOMOTIVE or CONSTRUCTION, but not INSURANCE. The order of terms has no impact on how they are interpreted in the search.
  • Optionally, select the Relevance checkbox to request strong references only.
    Note: The degree to which a document is related to a term is called relevance ranking. Relevance ranking measures the similarity between your index terms and the documents being searched. When you select this checkbox, the index term conditions you set (AND, OR, AND NOT) will only match documents that are strongly related to the term. "Strong" references have a relevance ranking of 85% or more to a term. If you leave this option cleared, the system will match documents that have a relevance ranking of 50% or more.
Find existing index terms
  • Click on the Advanced index term look-up link.
  • Complete the Add Topics Page.
  • Optionally, select the Relevance checkbox to request strong references only.
    Note: The degree to which a document is related to a term is called relevance ranking. Relevance ranking measures the similarity between your index terms and the documents being searched. When you select this checkbox, the index term conditions you set (AND, OR, AND NOT) will only match documents that are strongly related to the term. "Strong" references have a relevance ranking of 85% or more to a term. If you leave this option cleared, the system will match documents that have a relevance ranking of 50% or more.
Group Duplicates

The Group Duplicates option lets you choose whether or not you want to use similarity analysis to process your search results. For more information about duplicate options, see What are Group Duplicates options?

Select the checkbox to activate the option, then choose the type of similarity analysis you wish to use.

Moderate similarity (default)
Documents with relatively less similarity can be included in the same group of similar documents.
High similarity
Documents must be nearly identical in order for the service to include them in the same group of similar documents.
Note: To switch between similarity types, click the edit button, select the desired type from the dialog box, and click the Save button.
Exclude NewswiresClick on this checkbox to exclude newswires from your search results.
Exclude Non-business newsClick on this checkbox to exclude non-business news (e.g., lifestyle and entertainment, birth and wedding announcements, obituaries, community events, sports, weather, etc.) from your search results.
Exclude WebsitesClick on this checkbox to exclude websites from your search results.
Exclude documents with fewer than 500 wordsClick on this checkbox to exclude documents with fewer than 500 words from your search results.
Search specific document sectionsClick this link if you wish to search within specific document sections, then perform the following:
  • Select whether to use the AND or OR connector when your document section restriction is added to your search.
    Note: The AND connector is preselected for the first document section specified.
  • Select a document section from the drop-down list. Only the sections available in the source you have selected are shown. (If you have selected a combined source, all the sections available in any of the individual sources are shown).
  • In the text box, enter the search terms that are appropriate for the section you have selected in the drop-down list.
  • Click on the Add to Search button to add your section search criteria to Search terms. The syntax of your section search will automatically be formulated correctly.

Repeat this process to add as many document section criteria as you wish.

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