Stories of Health IT Adoption in Public Health

Advanced Search - Help

There are three ways to search with Advanced Search:

  1. Enter search terms into the "Search Terms" text box. This is also available on the "Find a Story" page.
  2. Select from a list of predefined search attributes.
  3. Both of the above. Enter terms into the "Search Terms" text box and also choose from the predefined search categories and attributes. This option narrows down the search results further than would have been returned by entering search terms only.

Enter Search Terms

The Stories database offers search features similar to that of Google's search interface.

As with Google, you can simply type words into the text box and obtain relevant results. Narrowing down the search results may be desirable to typing just one broad term, such as "CDC". A few things to keep in mind:

  • For any and all words entered into the search terms text box, the system will search for Stories with matching text in their Title, Tag Line, Problem Description, Project Overview, Success Criteria, Organization, City and State fields.
  • By default, all words typed must match for a Story to be returned. That is, the more words you type into the text box, the narrower the results will be.
  • Searches are case insensitive.

If you wish, you may take advantage of some additional search features, though they are likely unnecessary:

  • Wildcard search (*)
    If an asterisk is appended after a word in the search box, Stories that that contain words beginning with the letters preceding the * are included in the search results.
  • Phrase search ("")
    By putting double quotes around a set of words, the Stories system will consider the exact words you entered in that exact order without any change. Therefore, a search for "William Taft" (with quotes) will miss Stories that refer to "William Howard Taft". The criteria "New York City" may return fewer results than New York City with no quotes around it, since the latter could also include New York state or other results that contain the word "city".
  • Terms you want to exclude (-)
    Prefixing a minus sign immediately before a word specifies that you do not want Stories that contain this word to appear in your results. The minus sign should appear immediately before the word with no space between them, like so: "New York City" -lead specifies that "New York City" must be in the Story but "lead" must not.
  • Optional inclusion of terms (OR) or (^)
    As noted above, by default all words entered into the search terms text box must be in the Story in order for it to appear in your results. If you wish to change the search behavior to obtain Story results that contain one of several words, but not all, you may do so by either:
    1. placing an "OR" between two or more words to make the surrounding words optional, like so: Preparedness OR Response, or
    2. placing a "^" in front of a words you'd like to be optional, like so: ^Preparedness ^Response
    As another example, one might be interested in Stories that must contain the term "PHIN" and also, optionally, the words "Immunization" and "Administration". He or she may enter it one of two ways to obtain the same result:
    1. PHIN Immunization OR Administration
    2. PHIN ^Immunization ^Administration
    In either case, the results will definitively contain the term "PHIN" but they may or may not contain "Immunization" or "Administration".

Select from a List of Predefined Search Attributes

Using this option, the system will search for stories that have been tagged with ANY of the chosen attributes.

When Stories are collected, they are categorized and tagged with a predefined set of attributes. These attributes are the same as those listed on the Advanced Search page in the section below the Search Terms box. For the initial set of entries, Consortium staff carefully selected the attributes that should be associated with each Story. Moving forward, users who choose to share their own stories will be asked to select from the same set of categories and attributes that are relevant to their stories. This benefits others who wish to find Stories that are most relevant to them.

As such, users can select attributes of interest on the Advanced Search page to find meaningful Stories. They do so by checking off the attributes of interest (listed in their respective categories) on the section of the page below the Search Terms text box. As noted above, the system will then search for Stories that have been tagged with ANY of the attributes.

Both Enter Search Terms and Select from a List of Predefined Search Attributes

Users can both enter search terms and select from the predefined categories. When he or she does so, the system will first find Stories that match ANY of the attributes and then AND them with those obtained by the search terms to produce the final set of Stories to display to the user.

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