Choosing Search Terms

When searching a very large site, the more specific your search terms, and the more words used, the more likely it is that you will find what you are looking for. For most searches, the documents at the top of the search results are going to be of more interest than the documents toward the bottom.

Be Specific

You can control how and where your terms are searched.

Where terms are searched

  • All Text or Title Only
    These two options specify where your search terms occur. "Title only" is a good way to narrow down a large result list to a good starting set.

How terms are searched

  • Phrases
    The "This Phrase" option will return pages that contain all of your search terms together, in the same order as a phrase. (e.g. 'sector statistics'). Enclosing your search in "double quotes" will have the same effect. This can be a very effective way to restrict search results to fewer, and more specific documents.

  • All Words
    All words will return documents that contain all search terms, but not necessarily together, or in the same sequence. (e.g. "statistics are a deliverable of the policy sector")

  • Any Words
    Any words will return documents that contain either "sector" or "statistics" but not necessarily both

Search Engine Default Behavior

  • Capitalization
    The search engine will find both upper and lower case instances of your search term. For example, the same set of results will be returned for any of the following: 'Start up', 'Start UP', 'start up'.

  • Word Variations
    The search engine will look for variations of the search terms entered (e.g. 'export', 'exports', 'exporting').

  • More Than One Term
    Searching with multiple terms, for example, 'sector statistics', will bring to the top of the result set those documents that contain both words together as a phrase. Documents that contain both words, but separately, will be further down in the result set. Higher ranking is also given to those documents that contain search terms in the title or in the description of the document

Search Results Pages

All documents that match your search will be returned on the right hand side of the page. The options on the left side of the page allow you to look at your search results from different perspectives. This makes it easy to see at a glance the context of the documents that your search has returned and may help narrow down which documents will be most useful.

  • Refine by Category
    The categories group results by their primary topic, by which sector in the Federal Tourism Strategy produces the information, and by type of document. Browse the categories, select one or more categories to narrow down the result set, or search again within this smaller set of documents.

  • Sort by date/relevance
    This toggle re-sorts the result set according to most recent publication date or highest relevance

  • Hide Descriptions
    Display the titles but not the descriptions of all documents in the results. This can be useful when quickly scanning a large result set for relevance

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