Tips for Searching
At its simplest, a query can be just a word
or a phrase. But with the tips on this page, you can expand the focus
of your query to give you more complete results. These tips will get you
started with basic query language and acquaint you with Alabama Department of Labor Search.
- Look for words with the same prefix. For example, in your query form
type key* to find key, keying, keyhole, keyboard, and so on.
- Search for all forms of a word. For example, in the form type sink*
to find sink, sinking, sank, and sunk.
- Search with the keyword NEAR, rather than AND, for words close to
each other. For example, both of these queries, system and manager and
system near manager, look for the words system and manager on the same
page. But with NEAR, the returned pages are ranked in order of proximity:
The closer together the words are, the higher the rank of that page.
- Refine your queries with the AND NOT keywords to exclude certain text
from your search. For example, if you want to find all instances of
surfing but not the Net, write the following query:
surfing AND NOT the Net
- Add the OR keyword to find all instances of either one word or another,
Abbott OR Costello
This query finds all pages that mention Abbott or Costello or both.
- Put quotation marks around keywords if you want Alabama Department of Labor Search to take
them literally. For instance, if you type the following query:
"system near manager"
Alabama Department of Labor Search will literally look for the complete phrase system near manager.
But if you type the same query without the quotation marks:
system near manager
Alabama Department of Labor Search searches all documents for the words system and manager.
- Use Free Text Queries if you want to
enter queries using natural language. Alabama Department of Labor Search will examine your query,
extract nouns and noun phrases and construct a query for you. With free
text queries you can enter any text you want, from a proper question,
to a string of words and phrases, without worrying about the query language.
For example, if you type in the following query:
"How do I find information on Alabama New-Hire?"
Alabama Department of Labor Search will create a query for you automatically and begin the search.
Note that when you're using free text queries, the regular query language
features are disabled and keywords such as AND, OR, and NEAR are interpreted
as normal words.