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Using the NMAC Search Engine

Conducting a Basic Search
To search the NMAC, enter search terms in the search string box (letter A) and hit enter or click the search button (letter D). Multiple words may be entered with spaces between them. If the box next to the plus sign (letter B) is checked (this is the default setting) the search engine will retrieve the rules that contain all the search terms in the search string box, whether or not they appear next to each other in the rule text. If the box is unchecked, the search engine will retrieve the rules that contain at least one of the terms in the search string box, but not necessarily all the terms. Placing the search terms within one set of quotation marks makes those terms a phrase (a single search term). The search engine will retrieve those rules that contain the phrase. If a minus sign is included before a word, the search engine will retrieve only those rules that do not contain that word.

Search Box Example

Search Engine Tips

By default, the search engine is not case sensitive. All letters are seen as lower case. For example, "RECEIPTS" will bring the same results as "receipts" and "ReCeIpTs." To make the search engine case sensitive, go to the advanced search functions by clicking Advanced search>> (letter E ). More information on the advanced search functions can be found on the Advanced Search Explanation page.

The search engine, by default, does not always retrieve the exact word in the search string. For example, the term "bus" will retrieve rules containing "bus," "buses," "business," "combustion," etc. To restrict the search engine to the exact word, go to the advanced search functions by clicking Advanced search>> (letter E). More information on the advanced search functions can be found on the Advanced Search Explanation page.

By default, the search engine includes results from the entire NMAC (all 22 titles). Clicking the drop-down arrow in the Search in box (letter C) and selecting a title will limit the search to one title. This reduces the search time.


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