Contents

1. Complete Search Guide

        1.1. Interface

                1.1.1. Full Text Search

                1.1.2. Case Search

                1.1.3. Search Result Page

        1.2. Search Tips

                1.2.1. General Search

                1.2.2. Field-restricted Search

                1.2.3. Boolean Search

                1.2.4. Fuzzy Spell Search

2. Search Examples

        2.1. Using Full Text Search

        2.2. Using Case Search

 

 

1. Complete Search Guide

 

1.1. Interface

 

1.1.1. Full Text Search

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"Full Text Search" provides a full-text search service on the database of all member economies and subject categories.

ü           To limit search criteria to certain countries or subjects, you can press the “Ctrl” key to select multiple options, or press  to select all options of "Member Economies" or "Subject Categories".

ü           IF you don't limit search criteria to certain countries or subjects and only key in keywords in field "Key Word Search", the search criteria will cover the whole database.

ü           “Boolean search” and “Fuzzy Spell Search” are supported in “Key Word Search”.

ü           Press  to reset the search criteria.

ü           Press  to start the search.

1.1.2. Case Search

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"Case Search" provides search on categories of "Decisions of Administrative or Quasi-Judicial Agencies" and "Judicial Cases" by "Case", "Year", "Key Words", "Industry" and any words of the texts.

ü           Field "Key Words" and field "Industry" only support queries listed in the Key Word List and Industrial Classification List.

ü           Only numbers can be filled in Field “Year”.

ü           Press  to reset the search criteria.

ü           Press  to start the search.

1.1.3. Search Result Page

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1.           Ranking the search result by “score”, “Filename”, “Date”, “Size”, “Index” or “None”.

2.           Using  and  to sort the output.

3.           The default database is APECCP.

4.           Setting search result per page.

5.           Setting the output format.

6.           Title: This refers to the text displayed by the <title>…<title> tag. Selecting the title will open that webpage.

7.           Keywords with line numbers & highlights: By default, query results will display the first three locations where a keyword appears. If you wish to view the full context in which the keyword appears, you can select “Keywords with line numbers & highlights” and the system will display all the locations where the keyword appears.

8.           Webpage location: Displays the correct URL for the selected webpage. Can directly know what country and what category this webpage belongs to from its URL.

9.           Webpage details: includes date, size, relevance, data source, index type, and title.

10.       Click any highlighted keywords to display that webpage with highlighted information.

1.2. Search Tips

 

1.2.1. General Search

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General Search is the default mode that lets you enter plain English queries with no operators. To expand or narrow the search results of queries, general search also supports:

1.           Phrase Searching: Multiple words are searched as a phrase by using parentheses quotes ( ).

e.g., (competition policies)

2.           Truncation: End a word with “*” to search all possible endings.

e.g. pollut*  will retrieve records containing "pollution", "pollutant", "pollutants", "polluted", etc.

3.           Parentheses: Use brackets to specify the order search terms are combined.

e.g., (CO2 OR carbon dioxide) AND global warming

1.2.2. Field-restricted Search

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The Field Search form allows users to search for a term or number within a particular data field of a document, or to search a limited portion of the database, rather than search the entire summary of every document.

In Case Search, fields have the following meanings:

ü           Case: only search in the paragraph titled “Case”

ü           Year: only search in the paragraph titled “Reference”

ü           Key Words: only search in the paragraph titled “Key Words”

ü           Industry: only search in the paragraph titled “Industry”

1.2.3. Boolean Search

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Boolean searching allows you to narrow down your search by using special terms before your keywords. The three basic operators are the terms AND, OR, and NOT.

Operators

Examples

AND (or “&”)

Yellow AND Blue

When using AND in this search expression, results retrieved will contain both blue and yellow information.

OR (or “|”)

Yellow OR Blue

When using OR in this search expression, results retrieved will contain either blue information, or yellow information, or blue and yellow information together.

NOT (or “!”)

Yellow NOT Blue

When using NOT in this search expression, results will contain only yellow. The NOT operator will exclude blue completely and thus any green information will be excluded also.

1.2.4. Fuzzy Spell Search

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A fuzzy spell search can locate all occurrences of a word, together with all other words that are "close" in spelling to the original word. It is optimized for OCR-errors, misspellings and spelling variations in names that are derived from a non-roman script.

 

Misspelling

Matching Word

Example 1

inapropriate (spelling mistake)

inappropriate

Example 2

inappro (incomplete spelling)

2. Search Examples

 

2.1. Using Full Text Search

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If you want to find documents which:

ü           contain keywords “competition policy” or “law”

ü           are within subject categories of “Policy Statements” and “Competition Policies/Laws”

ü           cover the whole Member Economies

You can:

1.           Press  to select every member economies.

2.           Press the “ctrl” keys to select “Policy Statements” and “Competition Policies/Laws” multiply.

3.           Key in keywords “competition policy” and “law” with the Boolean operator “OR”, to find documents containing either of them.

4.           Press  to start the search.

5.           246 results are retrieved.

6.           Click the title of the first search result, and you can read the full text of this document.

 

2.2. Using Case Search

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If you want to find documents which:

ü           contain both keywords “domestic” and “cash”

ü           restricted to the banking industry

ü           are of the year 2003

You can:

1.           Fill “2003” in field “Year”.

2.           Check the Industrial Classification List, and then fill the industry “banks” in field “Industry”.

3.           Key in keywords “domestic” and “cash” with the Boolean operator “AND”, to find documents containing both of them.

4.           Press  to start the search.

 

5.           6 results are retrieved.

6.           Click any highlighted keywords of the first search result (such as “cash” in Line 1), and you can read the full text of this document with highlighted keywords.