Doing a search is easy. Simply type one or more search terms (the words or phrase that best describe the information you want to find) into the search box
and hit the Enter key or click the Search button.
This produces a results page: a list of Web pages related to your search terms, with the most relevant page appearing first, then the next, and so on.
Automatic "AND" Searches
By default, the search will return pages that include
all of your search terms. There is no need to
include "AND" between terms. For example, to search
for press releases related to phishing,
To broaden or restrict the search, include fewer or
You can search for phrases by adding quotation
marks. Words enclosed in double quotes ("like
this") appear together in all returned documents.
Phrase searches using quotation marks are useful
when searching for specific titles or names.
Certain characters serve as phrase connectors.
Phrase connectors work like quotes because they
join your search words in the same way double
quotes join your search words. For example, the
is treated as a phrase search even though the search
words are not enclosed in double quotes. The search will recognize hyphens, slashes,
periods, equal signs, and apostrophes as phrase connectors.
Since the search only returns pages that contain
all of the words in your query, refining
or narrowing your search is as simple as adding
more words to the search terms you have already
entered. The refined search returns a
subset of the pages that were returned by your
original, broader query.
Common words such as "where" and "how", as well as certain single digits and single letters are automatically ignored, because they tend to slow down your search without improving the results.
If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it or enclosing your phrase in quotation marks. Make sure that you include a space before the "+" sign.
If the automatic spell checker detects a possible spelling mistake, an alternative spelling suggestion is returned with the results. For example, searching for "security" will result in the prompt
Did you mean:
Note: Currently, the spell checker supports only US English.
To provide the most accurate results, "stemming" or wildcard searches are not supported. The system only will search for exactly what you type in the search box.
For example, searching for "region" or "region*" will
not find pages containing "regional" or "regions." Search for multiple forms of a word by specifying the forms you want to find separated by OR; for example,
"regional OR regions".