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Major Projects Association Search Help

To find relevant documents in the archive use the search facility in Resources which allows progressive refining of the search terms using preset tags by document type, year, sectors, topics and keywords.

To find anything on the web site - events as well as documents - use the Major Projects Association Site Search box above the header bar, together with any modifiers as listed below, to refine your search. If your search is still not precise enough then try the 'Advanced Search' option on the search results page.

By default the Major Projects Association search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done.

In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behavior.

  1. phrase search
    The search engine supports three types of phrase search.
    • To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase
      Example: "free search engine"
    • To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words]
      Example: [free search engine]
    • To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words }
      Example: {free search engine}
  2. + and - qualifiers
    If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.
    If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.
    Example: +always -never
  3. * wildcard
    If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match.
    Example: gift*
  4. ? wildcard
    If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.
    Example: b?g
  5. boolean search
    You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters.
    Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)
All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*

If the document that is found is a pdf report you can then search for every instance of that search word/phrase in the document using the find function within the pdf reader.