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DocSearcher is a search tool.


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To perform a search you simply type in the keywords or phrases you are looking for and click the search button.

The search results will be presented in a table. You can click on files as you would in a standard web browser.

To get back to your search results you can click on the search results icon (Search Results Icon).

There are 4 types of searches you can perform with DocSearcher: Keyword, Phrase, Boolean, and Wild Card. The example queries below describe each of these types of searches:



Examples searches What they do
summer vacation

-with the "keywords" radio button selected
Finds documents with the keywords "summer" and "vacation"

This type of search is called a keyword search.
summer vacation

-with the "phrase" radio button selected
Finds documents with the phrase "summer vacation"

This type of search is called a phrase search.
"john smith" -"johnbrown" Finds documents with the "john smith" but excludes document with "john brown"

This type of search is called a boolean search.
virtu* Finds documents with words that start with virtu... For example virtuous, virtue, virtuosity, etc...

This type of search is called a wild card search.

Advanced searches

Advanced searches are formatted thus:
+(+field:(search text here) AND +another_field:(more search text)) OR +another_field:(even more searchtext)

The fields you can search in include:

  • title
  • author
  • summary
  • body
  • path (file name)
  • URL (for web site indexes only)
  • type (the type of document, AKA the document extension... i.e. doc for MS Word, htm for web pages, etc...)

Here's example of a complex search: +(+(+title:("Homeland Security") AND +author:(John)) OR +summary:(DHS -TSA)) AND +type:(pdf)

The above example says, find documents where title includes the phrase "Homeland Security", the author has text John, or the summary has text DHS - but exclude documents where summary has text TSA in it - and retrieve only PDF documents.