- Searches are NOT case-sensive.
- If you enter one word, it will be searched right-truncated.
- If you enter more than one word, they will be searched as a phrase
with the last word right-truncated.
- Because of right-truncation, it is often best to truncate longer
words; e.g., search for
instruct in order to find entries
with "instruction" or "instructional"; search for
to get entries with "geography" or "geographical." Note, again:
single word searches are truncated; in mulitple word (phrase)
searches, only the last word in the phrase is truncated.
- You can search for URLs or partial URLs. For instance, a search on
census.gov would retrieve
all those items that we have indexed that have
"census.gov" in the URL.
- When you search you are searching all items in all categories.
This is useful since some items appear in more than one category.
- The categories (data, searchable catalogs, data archives, vendors,
social science gateways) are useful when you'd rather browse than