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New search developments on our website

Searching PDFs

The website search has now become a lot more powerful and covers the full text from our PDF publications. Previously, searching was limited to the summary paragraph of the website page on which a PDF was attached. Including text from our PDF publications means a deeper, richer search experience, which will yield more results.

Search results

In the search results list, a snapshot of the most relevant paragraphs from the page summary and PDF of an item is displayed, with search terms in bold. The PDF text is indented. This helps you see at a glance if the item looks useful.

This is an example of a search result for school donations.

Shows search results following a PDF search

Search operators

You may find that you get more results than previously, when searching the website. We use a powerful ranking system to serve you up the best possible results. But if you would like a more targeted keyword search, try these simple search operators.

 Example About Result 
 School AND donation  Find items that include all words  Items with school and donation
 School OR donation  Find items with at least one word  Items with school or donation, or both
 School NOT donation  Exclude a word  Items with school, but excluding those with donation
 School NEAR:5 donation  Find a word within 5 of another  Items where school appears within 5 words of donation, in any order
 "School donation"  Find a phrase using ""  Items with school donation as an exact phrase
 School*  Find words with different endings  Items with school, schools, schooled, schooling
 +School  Exact term  Items with School


We are always working to improve our website and the search experience, with more features to be rolled out over the coming year.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any queries, or require assistance with searching.