For the best results, use these suggestions to narrow your searches:
- For multi-word queries use single or double quotation marks. For example, ‘department of defense’ or “department of defense.” If you don’t use quotation marks, your results list will include everything that matches any of the individual search terms. For example, a search for “Department of Defense” will return results matching the full agency name, while a search for Department of Defense will return results matching Department, of, and Interior.
- To omit words that might be included in the search, use the double quotes hyphen double quotes (“ “ – “ “ ) convention. For example, “department” –“defense” will include “department” in the search results but exclude results with “defense.”
- For multiple keywords, use And to connect the keywords. For example, “department of the army” and “defense” will return results containing the two keywords.
- To search by phrases, use Or. For example, “department of defense” or “army” or “navy.” The search will return all results with any of the included words.
- For results ending or starting with a specific word, place an asterisk after or before the specific word. For example, “department*” will return results with “department” at the end; “*department” will return results with “department” at the beginning.
- To group several searches, use ( ). For example, (“department” and “defense”) or “army” will treat the query in the ( ) as one query combined with “or army.”