How to Search Online Using the Inmagic Alternate Syntax


Searching
Displaying Records after a Search
Troubleshooting

Searching

To do a search:

  1. Type words that must appear in the field(s) being searched.
     
  2. Click the Submit Query button.
     
  3. Records that meet your criteria are displayed as a report.
     
  4. To change the way records appear, select a form from the drop-down list.

Finding words and phrases

Type the word(s) you want to find (computer software database). Additional options:

To find Type Example
variations of a word (computer, computing, computation) the beginning of the word followed by * comput*
words together, in order a phrase within quotes "computer software"
either word (or both) OR between the words computer OR software
both words, anywhere the words separated by a space computer software
one word but not another word space-hyphen immediately before the word to exclude computer -software
words near each other
(within a specified number of words)
wN between the words,
where N is the number of words
computer w5 software
words near each other in order
(preceding within a specified number of words)
pN between the words,
where N is the number of words
computer p5 software

The query is evaluated in left-to-right order. For example, red white OR blue finds items that contain "red" and "white", as well as items that contain "blue". Use parentheses to control evaluation order: For example, red (white OR blue) finds items that contain "red" and "white", as well as items that contain "red" and "blue".

Finding a Date

Type a full or partial date in any acceptable format. See some examples below. If there are spaces or slashes within the date, enclose it in quotes.

31-Dec-2006
"Dec 31, 2006"
2006-December
"December 2006"
"12/21/2006"

Range searches

To find all dates or numbers within a specified range, separate the dates or numbers with a colon (no spaces). If partial dates are used, the range includes all dates from the beginning of the first date to the end of the second. Examples:

1997:1998 returns all dates from Jan. 1, 1997 through Dec. 31, 1998 (inclusive)
"March 2005":"April 2005" returns all dates from March 1, 2005 through April 30, 2005 (inclusive)

Note that the second example above will not work in a query box that also searches text fields, because the first term, while chronologically before the second, is alphabetically AFTER the second, and will trigger an error. In this situation, use a numeric date format with the year appearing first, for example:

   2005-03:2005-04

Reset button

To clear query criteria, click the Reset button on the search screen.

Submit Query button

To start your search, click the Submit Query button.

Displaying Records after a Search

A successful search finds one or more records, which are displayed in your Web browser as a report. Use the browser controls as you normally would, to browse, print, go back, and so forth. You can also:

Troubleshooting: Searches

If you are having trouble with a search, some of the most common problems are listed below. If you do not find an answer to your problem here, see WEB_MSG.HTM, which lists error messages in alphabetical order.

You see a message "Unable to recognize as a correctly formed query."

The program cannot understand the search criteria. Possible problems include:

If you cannot determine what caused the error, try a simpler search (for example, just a few words in a box) to see if it works. If even simple searches do not work, contact the Webmaster for the site.

You see a message like "Range operation is incorrect because 'may-2006' is not less than 'jun-2006'. "

A range search is performed between two terms separated by a colon. If you are not attempting to do a range search, omit the colon or surround the term with quotes. Example:

  "http://amazon.com"

This message may also appear if you entered a date range search in a box that also searches text fields, and while the first date may precede the second chronologically, it does not precede it alphabetically. Use a numeric format instead. Examples:

  05-2006:06-2006
  2005-12:2006-01

 

 

 

Search technology supplied by Inmagic, Inc. http://www.inmagic.com.

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