Search Help

  • How do I search for two terms in the same document? Say I wanted to find a document that contained the words "ICC" and "Syria"?

    Answer: Search by inserting space between the two or using "AND" between terms like:

    ICC Syria
    ICC AND Syria
  • What if I want to search for two words together, or a phrase?

    Answer: Enclose the words you want in quotations like:

    "a climate of fear"
  • What if I just want to search for a term in a headline or title? For example, looking for a document with the term "genocide" in the title?

    Answer: by adding a term "headline" prefix, with a full colon ahead of your search term like: 

  • What if I want to find a document with a certain word in the title and another word in the text of the document. Say for example, "Ferguson" in the headline an "Nixon" in the body?

    Answer: by combining the "Ferguson" and "Nixon" prefix searches like:

    headline:Ferguson body:Nixon
  • What if I wanted to search for all documents containing the phrase "civil society" sorted in chronological order starting with the most recent?

    Answer: By adding your search phrase and select the checkbox "Sort by most recent" like:

    "civil society"
  • What if I wanted to exclude a term from a search? Say find all documents that contain the word "Hague" but NOT the word "William"?

    Answer: There are a couple of ways of doing this:

    +Hague –Williams

    "+" in front of ague makes the term required while "–"  in front of term Williams excludes it

    Hague NOT Williams
  • How can I search for documents created between certain dates only? Say I wanted to find documents containing the word "children" for a specific time frame?

    Answer: By using the word "children" followed by the term "date_search" and designating the desired time frame. Using square brackets gives us all results in the time frame, but it is possible to exclude the lower or upper range values through the use of curly braces:

    children date_search:[NOW-1YEAR TO NOW]

    inclusive search for documents dated last year until now

    children date_search:{* TO NOW-1MONTH}

    exclusive search for all published documents till last month

    It is also possible to specify exact date range using following time format only yyyy-mm-ddThh:mm:ssZ like:

    date_search:[2014-09-01T00:00:00Z TO 2014-10-01T00:00:00Z]
  • What if I wanted to exclude more than one word from my search?

    Answer: There are a couple of ways of excluding multiple terms:

    violence NOT (fear repression)

    violence is required but fear and repression will be excluded from result

    violence -(fear repression)
  • What if I wanted to find documents that contained one of two words, in the same document? For example, all documents that contained either the word "violence" or "fear" or both?

    Answer: Insert the word "OR" between the two terms like:

    violence OR fear
  • But what if I want to find a document with words close together, but not right beside each other. For example, I’m confident the document I want to find has the word “ICC” and “Gadaffi” within maximum ten words of each other. Can I search for that?

    Answer: Yes proximity search is possible, by putting the terms in quotations and adding a tilde with a number representing that maximum space between the two words, like:

    "ICC Gadaffi"~10
  • What if I am searching for two words, but I want to give one term much more weight? Say I want to search for "fear" and "violence" but want to give "fear" much more weight?

    Answer: By using your term followed by caret “^” and a number. This can be useful if you know that certain terms are more important than others. In this example the ratio between the two terms is 10/2 - "fear" is given 5 more times the weight in the search than "violence" 

    fear^10 violence^2

    documents containing fear and violence will be both presented but score for documents containing “fear” will be boosted and presented first

  • If I am on the English site but want to search for a term in another language, how can I do that? For example "United Nations" in Arabic?

    Answer: By entering your term and select the Search all languages checkbox like:

     "الأمم المتحدة"
  • I am trying to perform a multilingual search for documents containing one of the following words (iraq irak العراق). I had checked Search all languages checkbox but no result are being displayed. What I am doing wrong?

    Answer: If you entered the terms together like this - iraq irak العراق - the search default is to return documents that contain ALL three terms. To find any document containing any one of these three terms you need to place an "OR" between the search terms. 

     iraq OR iran OR العراق
  • What if I wanted to search for a term but only in specific languages? Say, "New York" only in Spanish and Chinese documents?

    Answer: By adding your term/phrase followed by "language" semicolon, language codes in brackets and also by checking Search all languages checkbox like:

    "new york" language:(es zh-hans)

    Available language prefixes are:

    • English: en, French: fr, Spanish: es, Chinese: zh-hans
    • German: de, Japanesse: ja, Russian: ru, Arabic: ar
  • Say I wanted to find a document with a number in the title. I know it starts with a "1" and has three digits but if I am not sure exactly what the number is.

    Answer: By adding title prefix headline semicolon followed by 1 and two wildcard “?” operators like:

  • What if I wanted to search all documents containing any term starting with 1 in the title like - like 120, 12th, 10-year?

    Answer: By adding title prefix headline semicolon 1 and the “*” to stand in place for one or more characters like:

  • What if I know that the page I am searching for has a URL containing a specific word?

    Answer: By adding the prefix path_alias followed by semicolon and your term/phrase like:


    returns document having URLs like


    returns document having URLs like


    returns experts bios pages having URLs like

    path_alias:"let them"

    returns documents having URLs like: