Using the Search Field

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This article explains how to use the search field using different techniques, to obtain different search results.  Depending on the technique used, your search will return different search results. For the best results, use either Chrome or Firefox as your browser.

 

  • Note: search terms used in this article were at a point-in-time, when there were a specific number of resources available using the search terms. The Texas CTE Resource Center is a dynamic repository, with new articles being published each month, and others being unpublished. Repeating these search techniques and terms at different times will result in different search result counts.   

                                                                         

Search by Single Word

If you wanted to search for all resources that have a key word in a resource title, description, or keyword field, enter the word in the search field, enter that word in the search bar. This tells the search engine to return search results that contain the individual word used in the search bar.  In this example, the term “Business” was entered, and 377 resources displayed in the search results.

 

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Search by Multiple Words to Get a Superset

If you want to search for all resources that have any of a number of key words in a resource title, description, or keyword field, enter those words in the search bar, and select the enter key. This tells the search engine to return search results that contain any of the individual words in the search bar. In this example, the term Business and Law were entered, and 622 resources displayed in the search results. This means that 622 resources have either the word business or law in them.

 

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Search by Specific Phrase Using Quotation Marks

To search by a specific phrase of words, put the phrase in “quotation marks.” This tells the search engine to only return search results that contain the exact phrase within the quotation marks, and ignore variations of any single word in the phrase.  In the search field at the top right section of the search page, enter the specific phrase you want to search for, put it in “quotation marks,” and select the enter key.

The search page refreshes the results screen with the resources that match the exact phrase in the quotation marks. In this example, at this time the term “Business Law” was entered, and 16 resources displayed in the search results. This means that 16 resources have the exact phrase.

 

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 That’s how to search using the search field!

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