Search Query Syntax

Query Example Notes
single term steel Searches for resources that contain "steel" in the title or description.
quoted phrase "stainless steel" Searches for resources that contain the phrase "stainless steel" in the title or description.
title search title:roofing Searches for resources that contain "roofing" in the title.
wildcard search pipe* Multi-character wildcard search (end of word only). It will match "pipe" and "pipes". 
fuzzy search cast~ Search for terms with similar spelling.
  cast~0.3 Refinement of similar spelling search; cast~0.1 matches very loosely and cast~0.9 matches very tightly (cast~0.5 is the same as cast~)
relevance fire^4 construction Sets a 'boost factor' of 4 for the word "fire" so that results containing that word are deemed more relevant. A search without a boost factor is equivalent to one with a boost factor of 1 applied to any word.
OR operator stainless steel "OR" is assumed, i.e. "stainless" or "steel" must be present, so it is not necessary to use "stainless OR steel".
AND operator stainless AND steel The resource must contain both words.
+ operator stainless +steel The resource must contain "steel" and may contain "stainless".
NOT/- operator -stainless steel The resource must contain "steel" but may not contain "stainless".
grouping (fabrication OR yield) AND water "water" must be present with either "fabrication" or "yield".
ignored/stop words a, the, and Commonly occurring words such as these are ignored, unless making a quoted search, e.g. "structure of bridge" is not the same as "structure of the bridge".

Prohibited Queries

Query Examples Notes
wildcard at the beginning of a term *ocument This will return an error message.