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The DCFM Search Function supports boolean, fuzzy, proximity, and wildcard search features. When you want to search for specific data, use a combination of these common functions to help narrow down the search so you receive only the results you need.

NOTE: Use quotes to search for exact words and phrases or to group multiple search terms.

Boolean — Use boolean search functions, such as AND, OR, and NOT to include or exclude specific words from the search.

For example, if you want to search for spaghetti with meatballs and exclude results that reference vegetables, you can search for “spaghetti meatballs” NOT “vegetables.”

Fuzzy — Use a fuzzy search to find similar words that differ by a few characters by adding a tilde symbol (~) to the end of the word. This type of search can help you locate typos or patterns.

For example, if you want search for typos of spaghetti, you can search for spaghetti~ and results will include typos such as spagetti or sphagetti.

Proximity — Use a proximity search to find multiple words located within the same paragraph by adding a tilde and the distance of words you want to search (ie. ~5 or ~10). This type of search can help you locate information based on how closely it appears in the content.

For example, if you want to find the words “spaghetti,” “meatballs” and “delicious” within 10 words of each other, you can search for “spaghetti meatballs delicious”~10.

Wildcard — Use an asterisk (*) wildcard in a single word search to find matches that include any character in place of the wildcard. Note that searches cannot begin with a wildcard.

For example, if you want to find results for spaghetti but you’re not sure how it’s spelled, you can search for spag*.