Simple Search Help

Simple search help

Simple Search, or basic search, is the fastest and easiest way to "cast a wide net." By entering a keyword or short phrase, you are asking the search engine to search every field of every data record for any possible matches. The match could occur in the title, an author's name, the long description field, or any other field that exists within a data record.

Searching by object ID number

The search engine will first look at object ID numbers for exact matches in the case that an ID number is queried. If you believe you are entering the correct object ID number but the object you're seeking is not being returned in the results, make sure you are including punctuation such as periods or hyphens.


The best advice when using Simple Search is to keep it simple. The more words you use the more limited your results will be. If the results are too expansive, you can always refine your search further.

Capitalization doesn't matter. So for instance, if you're seeking a document composed by U.S. Congress, entering "u.s. congress" will yield the same results as entering "U.S. Congress."

Punctuation is sensitive, especially in object ID numbers. Try to use accurate punctuation in your searches.


The objects that appear in your search results are organized or ranked by relevancy, based on the search query.