ICTR Search Help

You can search the database for the information that you need by using any of three methods:

·         Full Search, where you can look for a document or documents that contain specific text and other descriptive criteria.

·         Advanced Browse, where you can progressively narrow your criteria to look for documents.

·         Quick Search, where you can look for documents that contain a specific word or phrase.

How Search Works

The documents stored in this Search database were converted to Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Data Format) so that you can view them. The full text of each document is stored in the Search database so that you can search for any words that appear in any document. You can then choose to view any document by using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 7.x or later). You can get Adobe Reader free on the Adobe site at www.adobe.com/reader.

In addition to the actual text of the documents, the Search database includes additional data, such as the rule number, the accused, and the document type, that is stored for each document. This data may or may not be found in the actual text of the document.

When you search for documents, you can search either the full document text or the data or both. For example:

·         In Quick Search, you can search for words in both the document text and the data.

·         In Full Search, you can search the documents only for specific words by typing them in the box labeled Document Full Text and you can search the document data only by making choices in the other boxes.

·         In Advanced Browse, you can search either the document text or the document data by typing words in the box labeled Text and you can search the data only by making choices in the other boxes.

Full Search

Use the Full Search method if you’re looking for a document or documents that contain specific text, or if you are looking for documents that meet a particular set of criteria.

1.       To begin a search, click the Full Search tab at the top of the screen. In the fields provided, enter the criteria that you want the documents that are included your query results to meet.

2.       In Document Full Text, enter text to search for in the body of the document.

3.       In Document Title, enter text to search for in the title of the document. You can enter a partial title.

In these two text fields, each word you enter is searched for separately unless you include quotation marks around a phrase. If you include quotation marks around a phrase, all the words must be together in the document. If you know only part of a word you are searching for, you can use the “?” symbol for single characters and the "*" symbol for multiple characters as wildcards in your searches.

4.       To restrict the date:

a.       To restrict the search to a specific year, click Year, and select a year from the drop-down list that is then displayed.

b.      To restrict the search to a specific date range, click and specify a beginning and ending date.

5.       For each of the remaining criteria that you want to include in the search, click the down arrow, and select the criteria from the drop-down list.

6.       Click Search. Any text that you enter in either the Document Full Text or Document Title field is used together with all the selections you make in the remaining fields as criteria for the search.

a.       Words within the Document Full Text or Document Title fields are “OR’ed” together. In other words, if any of the words you typed are in the full text of a document, that document is displayed in the results list.

b.       The Document Full Text or Document Title fields areAND’ed” with selections you make in the remaining fields.

For example, if you enter rights and violation into the Document Full Text box along with other field selections, the results returned will include either rights OR violation plus all of the other selected field attributes.

The names of the documents that match the criteria you selected are displayed in the bottom portion of the screen, in chronological order. The flag that follows the document title indicates whether the document is written in English, French, or both.

7.       In the results area:

a.       Click Details to find out more information about a document in the list. Click Details again to hide the information.

b.      Click PDF to display the contents of the document in a separate window, in PDF format. If you’re looking for specific text in the document, you must search again for the text from within the PDF file. Tip: If you have a pop-up blocker on your browser, the PDF document might not be displayed when you click the PDF button.

c.       To scroll from one page to another in the list of results, either click the Page forward or Page back arrow, or select a page number from the drop-down list.

After you perform a search, you can enter additional criteria to further decrease the number of documents that are returned. Click Start again to start a new search.

Advanced Browse

Use Advanced Browse (faceted classification method) to specify additional constraints or criteria that progressively narrow your search for documents. For example, you might first choose a document type and then select the name of the accused to narrow the search. You can continue to narrow the results in this way until you obtain the desired list of documents.

On the screen, you see the types of constraints (criteria) that you can use to narrow your search. In the Document Type, Accused, and Keywords lists, the number in parentheses indicates the current number of documents that meets those criteria in the database. At the beginning of a search, all the documents in the database are listed chronologically in the Results area at the bottom of the screen.

In the shaded area near the top of the screen, you see the number of documents that were found that meet the criteria you’ve selected. The criteria are also displayed in the shaded box as a list that is separated by angled brackets (a breadcrumb).

1.       To begin, click the Advanced Browse tab at the top of the screen.

2.       Select a search criterion.

·         In the Document Type, Accused, or Keywords list, click an entry.

·         To select an Accused or a Keyword that is not displayed on the screen, click Show All and select a name or word from the alphabetized list.

·         To search for specific text in the full text or data, enter the text in the Text field, and click Go.

·         To select a date range, specify a beginning and ending date. To restrict the search to one date only, enter the same date in both fields. If you specify only a beginning date, the range extends through the present. If you specify only an ending date, the range starts with the earliest recorded date. You can either type the dates in the format indicated, or you can click the icon to use the calendar navigator. To use the calendar navigator, click the down arrow and select a year from the drop-down list. Click an angled bracket on either side of a month to select that month. Click a date in the calendar to select that date. If you decide not to select a date, click Close. If you would like to remove all values from the date field, click Clear.

·         To select a document Language, Article or Rule, click the down arrow and select from the list.

After each selection, the results of your selection are displayed at the bottom of the screen, in chronological order. The flag that follows the document title indicates whether the document is written in English, French, or both.

3.       Select a second criterion, if desired. The number of documents found that meet both sets of criteria is updated in the shaded box, and the breadcrumb of criteria is also updated to reflect your choices. The choices that are listed in the different criteria categories are shortened to show only those that still meet the selected criteria.

4.       Continue to select additional criteria until you find the document or set of documents you want.

5.       In the list of documents:

·         Click Details to find out more information about a document in the list. Click Details again to hide the information.

·         Click PDF to display the contents of the document in a separate window, in PDF format. If you’re looking for specific text in the document, you must search again for the text from inside the PDF file. Tip: If have a pop-up blocker on your browser, the PDF document might not be displayed when you click the PDF button.

To return to the previous set of selections, click Back. Or click an entry in the breadcrumb to return to that set of selections.

To start a new browse, click Start again.

Quick Search

Use the Quick Search if you want to find documents that contain a specific word or phrase. Both the full document text and data are searched, and a list of all documents that contain any of the words or phrases that you entered is displayed on the screen.

·         On any page, click in the Quick Search box. Enter the word, words, or phrase that you want to search for, and then click Go.

Each word you enter is searched for separately. They don’t need to be next to each other, and they do not all need to be present. If you want to find exact phrases, include quotation marks around a phrase. You can include wildcards in your search.

Wildcard searches

This tool supports single and multiple-character wildcard searches within single terms (not within phrase queries).

·         To perform a single-character wildcard search, use the "?" symbol.

·         To perform a multiple-character wildcard search, use the "*" symbol.

The single-character wildcard search looks for terms that match what you entered with the single character replaced. For example, to search for "text" or "test" you can use the search:

te?t

Multiple-character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for test, tests, or tester, you can use the search:

test*

You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term.

te*t

Note: You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search.

Date Ranges

To restrict your search to one date only, enter the same date in both fields. If you specify only a beginning date, the range extends through the present. If you specify only an ending date, the range starts with the earliest recorded date. You can either type the dates in the format indicated, or you can click the icon to use the calendar navigator. To select a year in the calendar navigator, click the down arrow and select a year from the drop-down list. Click an angled bracket on either side of a month to select that month. Click a date to select that date in the calendar. If you decide not to select a date, click Close. If you would like to remove all values from the date field, click Clear.