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Some basics on Research

The Common Controls Hub’s Authority Document search capability is limited to the same type of information you’d use in finding a book in the library; searching by title, author, and major categories of information. Why? Because the Common Controls Hub is a library – a digital library housing thousands of Authority Documents.

But what if you had access to the same library’s contents? After all, the library is digital. That’s what the Research Tool provides.

The Research goes beyond what a Google Books allows

It’s like Google Books in that you can search the contents, the mapped Citations, of each Authority Document added to the Common Controls Hub’s library.

Advanced searches

You can perform advanced searches by using the following characters in a search:

  1. The i-bean “|” separates the term in front and the term in back as an “or” search. Search for this “or” that within a given field.

  2. A + is an “and” operator. You can also search with “+” between terms so that the search returns fields with this and that term found within it.

  3. A – is a “not” operator. By adding “-” in the search phrase, you could find any term before the “-” and exclude whatever you put after the “-”. As an example, you could search for Trump – President.

  4. Whatever you put within a set of quotation marks “ ” will be searched as an exact phrase. So if you had “compliance framework” it would only return records with that exact phrase.

  5. An asterisk * is an end-of-term wildcard. If you don’t know if you are looking for intrusion or intrusions you could add an asterisk * at the end of the term to find both. As an example, you could search for intru* and it would find intruder, intrusion, etc.

  6. Then there are the very powerful ( ) that set the order of operations precedence.

Taken together, this gives you, the researcher, very powerful searching capabilities.