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Don't worry about capital letters - the search ignores case.

If you select items in several search fields, you will see those cases which contain all of the items you selected.

The "Words or Phrases" box can be used to perform more complex searches (see below for details).

NARROWING YOUR SEARCH: If your search returns more cases than you want, you can use the browser's "back" button to return to the search page and add more criteria. (But if you click "Search" instead, the previous criteria will be lost and a new search will be started).

BY CASE NUMBER: If you know the number of the case you want to see, you can enter it in the "Case Number" box. If there is a number in this box, all of the other search criteria will be ignored.

Remember to include all search words. For instance, in searching for "Latin America" it would be good to include "Central America," "Western Hemisphere," and the individual Latin American countries.

Partial words or phrases can also be entered, for instance "violen" will return cases containing "nonviolence," "violence," "nonviolent," etc.

WORDS OR PHRASES BOX: The "Words or Phrases" box searches in several fields at once. It also allows for advanced Boolean and phrase-based searching. You can enter phrases in this box by enclosing each one in quotes. The two small buttons to the right control how words or phrases are combined in doing the search. If "all words" is checked, then you will see only cases that include all of the words or phrases entered in the "Words or Phrases" box. If "any words" is checked, then you will see cases containing one or more of the words or phrases. Here are some examples:


Words or Phrases Button Result
mining either button Any case containing the word "mining"
"ethnic conflict" either button Any case containing the phrase "ethnic conflict"
ethnic conflict "all words" Any case containing both of the words "ethnic" and "conflict" (the two need not appear together)
ethnic conflict "any words" Any case containing either (or both) of the words "ethnic" or "conflict"
"gold mining" ethnic conflict "all words" Any case containing the phrase "gold mining" as well as both of the words "ethnic" and "conflict" (the latter two need not appear together)
"gold mining" "ethnic conflict" "any words" Any case containing either (or both) of the phrases "gold mining" or "ethnic conflict"



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