Using Basic Search

Basic Search is a good starting point to quickly find files of interest.

It uses commands that are different than many operating systems and internet search engines.  Please read the following and note the known issues at the end of this article.

HINT: Click on the 'Print" icon on the right to open a text copy of this page in a new window for reference.  Then click on Basic Search to view the keyword entry box and try some searches.

To start a Basic Search:

  • Enter your keyword or keywords in the "Search keyword..." box at the top right corner of any Library page.  The default search order will be "Newest First" (chronological).
  • or use the box found by selecting Search / Basic Search on the Menu Bar. The default search order will be "Alphabetical."
  • Click "Search."

Basic Search is handy for simple searches, such as "Princess," or "Design Line."

Keywords are matched to any word in the title and description.  These are added by TCI Library staff.  Basic Search does not search the contents of a file.

The keyword string including spaces between keywords is currently limited to 40 characters.

Each keyword must be two or more characters. One character keywords are ignored.

WARNING!  If Basic Search returns more than 50 documents that match your keywords, you are not seeing all the relevant documents in the Library. Use more keywords or Advanced Search to limit the number of matches. Your goal should be to craft a search that returns fewer than 50 results.

 HINT: You do not need to enter keywords as complete words.  You can use any substring of two or more contiguous characters.  (e.g. For "Western Electric" try "wes ele" or "ster tric" etc.)  This trick allows you to get the essence of more keywords with less typing and while staying within the maximum character limit.


Limit your searches to get 50 or fewer results

Other than search order, Basic Search defaults are: all categories, all words and both title and description.  All DOCman files, Articles and Weblinks are searched.

You have the option to refine the search on the Basic Search page or the Basic Search results pages. 

To change the scope or order of your search, use the following entries:

 “Search for:” -- If you enter multiple keywords, use the buttons to set the search for All Words, Any Words or Exact Phrase (see examples below). 

  • All Words returns results with all the keywords in any order. 
  • Exact Phrase returns results with the entire search string exactly as typed, so is the most restrictive.
  • Any Words returns results with any one or more of the keywords in any order, so is the least restrictive.

 “Ordering:” -- Use the drop down list to change the display order. Alphabetical may be most useful for general research.

 “Search only” -- Check boxes allow you to search any combination of Articles, Weblinks or DOCman files.  The default search includes all three types.  If you get more than 50 results, you can check one or two of the boxes to limit the next search.

  • Articles include the descriptive text of pages displayed when navigating around the TCI Library.  They include the directions on how to use the Library and its features.
  • Weblinks include the descriptions of sites in the Links section of the Menu Bar.
  • DOCman includes the Names and Descriptions associated with files in the Document Repository section of the LIbrary.

"Display #" -- Use the drop down list to set the desired number of results shown on each page. (available on Search Results pages.)


 Search Examples: (Keywords underlined for clarity.)

 Keyword: -000-000

  •  Find documents with "-000-000" -- which are index BSPs 

Keyword: index

  • Find documents with "index" in the title and/or description. 

Multiple Keywords: Bell System

  • Search by “any words” to find any document with either bell or system.
  • Search by “all words” to find any document with both bell and system.
  • Search by “exact phrase” to find only documents with “bell system.”

 If you don't find the BSP or document you're looking for...

 ... try looking up a BSP number in one of the index documents and search for the full BSP number.  The titles and descriptions may not contain the search keywords you're using.

... try a different form of an abbreviation -- for example, WE, W.E. or WEco.

... try the Advanced or Google Searches.

Since this site is a work in progress, recommendations for additional keywords for any document are always welcome.

Please use the "Contact Us" link to send corrections, suggestions and additions. 


Known search issues

Searches may fail if strange characters are entered into the search box.
This can happen when using copy-and-paste to move text from an html email to the search box.  In some cases, the characters are not visible, so you won't know they're there!  If a search returns 0 results, try typing in the search string and restart the search.

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