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SEARCH ENGINE BASICS - AN OVERVIEW

This search engine helps you search our web site for information related to early hearing detection & intervention. Here's how it works: you tell the search service what you're looking for by typing in keywords, phrases, or questions in the search box. The search service responds by giving you a list of all the web pages on our web site relating to those topics. The most relevant content will appear at the top of your results.

Here's a quick overview of the rest of our Basic Help. Just click on the links to jump to these sections.

How to Use
What Is a Word?
What Is a Phrase?
Simple Tips for More Exact Searches
 


HOW TO USE:

  1. Type your keywords in the search box.
  2. Press the [Search] button to start your search.

Example:

  1. Type newborn hearing screening in the search box.
  2. Press the [Search] button or press the Enter key.
  3. The Results page will show you numerous web pages about newborn hearing screening.

Don't worry if you find a large number of results. In fact, use more than a couple of words when searching. Even though the number of results will be large, the most relevant content will always appear at the top of the result pages.


WHAT IS A WORD?

When searching, think of a word as a combination of letters and numbers. The search service needs to know how to separate words and numbers to find exactly what you want in our database. You can separate words using white space and tabs.


WHAT IS A PHRASE?

You can link words and numbers together into phrases if you want specific words or numbers to appear together in your result pages. If you want to find an exact phrase, use "double quotation marks" around the phrase when you enter words in the search box.

Example: To find lyrics by the King, type "you ain't nothing but a hound dog" in the search box. You can also create phrases using punctuation or special characters such as dashes, underscore lines, commas, slashes, or dots.


SIMPLE TIPS FOR MORE EXACT SEARCHES

  • Including or excluding words:

    To make sure that a specific word is always included in your search topic, place the plus (+) symbol before the key word in the search box. To make sure that a specific word is always excluded from your search topic, place a minus (-) sign before the keyword in the search box. (Note: A space needs to be placed between the "+" or "-" and the word that preceeds it.)

    Example: To find abstracts & citations about newborn hearing with screening but without equipment, try: newborn hearing +screening -equipment.

  • Expand your search using wildcards (*):

    By typing an * at the end of a keyword, you can search for the word with multiple endings.

    Example: Try screen*, to find screen, screens, screened, screener, screeners, and screening.

  • Case insensitive & accent insensitive:

    All searches are case insensitive and accent insensitive. Searching for "Fur" will match the lowercase "fur", uppercase "FUR", and German "für".



National Center for Hearing Assessment & Management (NCHAM)
Utah State University -  2615 Old Main Hill - Logan, Utah 84322
Tel: 435.797.3584
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