Texas Worker allows Boolean, “All words”, and “Any word” search queries together with Stemming and Synonym query expansion. You can also use Wildcards and other options on a word-by-word basis using special characters. Filtering by fields and Facet navigation and searching are also available.
The search results display the Title of each document and optionally a field, such as the date of publication, together with a snippet of text with highlighted query terms.
A typical embedded search page is shown below.
banana pear “apple pie”
“apple pie” -salad +”ice cream”
orthat indicate the relationship between them. Examples:
If you use more than one connector, you should use parentheses (brackets) to indicate precisely what you want to search for. For example,
apple and pearBoth words must be present
apple or pearEither word can be present
apple w/5 pear
Applemust occur within 5 words of
apple pre/5 pear
Applemust occur within 5 words before
apple not w/5 pear
Applemust not occur within 5 words of
apple andnot pear Only
applemust be present
title contains smithThe field
apple and pear or orange juicecould mean
(appleand pear) or orange, or it could mean
apple and (pear or orange).
? Matches any single character. Example:
*Matches any number of characters. Example:
=Matches any single digit. Example:
%Fuzzy search. Example:
#Phonic search. Example:
&Synonym search. Example:
~~Numeric range. Example:
“res judicata”. You can use a phrase anywhere in a search query. Example:
apple w/5 “fruit salad”
The * wildcard character near the beginning of a word will slow searches considerably.
appl*would match apple, application, etc.
*cipl*would match principle, participle, etc.
appl?would match apply and apple but not apples.
ap*edwould match applied, approved, etc.
200=would match 2002, 2006, etc.
courtwould also find
tribunal. You can enable synonym searching for all words in a request or you can enable synonym searching selectively by adding the & character after certain words in a request. Example:
fast& w/5 search
#Smithwill also find
Smythe. Note that a search for #Philipp will find Phillipe or Philip, but it will not find Filip because it begins with a different letter. If you have selected Stemming it will also find Phillips, Philips, etc.
witnesswould also find
witnessed. There are two ways to add stemming to your searches:
apply~ will also find applies, applied, applying.
title and dateoforder, you could search for (Title contains queen) or (dateoforder contains 2016/06/03). Alternatively, you can filter results using the Date and Title Contains field filters, as in the example Legal Search. Field searches can be combined using
EXAMPLE: corruption and (title contains (queen or crown)).The parentheses are necessary to ensure Texas Worker interprets the search request correctly.
apple pie and poached pearwould retrieve any document that contained both phrases, “apple pie”, “poached pear”.
(apple or banana) and (pear w/5 grape)would retrieve any document that (1) contained either
banana, AND (2) contained
pearwithin 5 words of
apple pie or poached pearwould retrieve any document that contained
poached pear, or both.
apple w/5 pearwould retrieve any document that contained
applewithin 5 words of
pear. The following are examples of search requests using W/N:
In general, at least one of the two expressions connected by W/N must be a single word or phrase or a group of words and phrases connected by OR. Example:
(apple or pear) w/5 banana
(apple w/5 banana) w/10 pear
(apple and banana) w/10 pear
CAUTION: Some types of complex expressions using the W/N connector will produce ambiguous results and should not be used. The following are examples of ambiguous search requests:
(apple and banana) w/10 (pear or grape)
(apple and banana) w/10 orange tree
Texas Worker uses two built-in words to mark the beginning and end of a file:
(apple and banana) w/10 (pear and grape)
(apple w/10 banana) w/10 (pear and grape)
xlastword. The terms are useful if you want to limit a search to the beginning or end of a file. For example,
supreme court w/30 xfirstwordwould search for supreme court within 30 words of the start of a document.
george pre/3 michael, would find george michael, george william michael, george w michael
NOT standing alone can be the start of a search request. For example,
apple sauce and not pear
not pearwould retrieve all documents that did not contain
pear. If NOT is not the first connector in a request, you need to use either AND or OR with NOT:
The NOT W/ (“not within”) operator allows you to search for a word or phrase not in association with another word or phrase. Example:
apple or not pear
not (apple w/5 pear)
Unlike the W/ operator, NOT W/ is not symmetrical. That is,
apple not w/20 pear
apple not w/20 pearis not the same as
pear not w/20 apple. In the
apple not w/20 pearrequest, Texas Worker searches for
appleand excludes cases where
appleis too close to
pear. In the
pear not w/20 applerequest, Texas Worker searches for
pearand excludes cases where
pearis too close to
Generally, it is easier to use the standard wildcards * or ? especially if you are not sure of the spelling or to find misspellings e.g.
ba%nanaWord must begin with ba and have at most one difference between it and banana.
b%%ananaWord must begin with b and have at most two differences between it and banana.
Car*ib*nwill find Caribbean, Carribean, Carribbean, Caribian, or Caribbian.
apple w/5 2002~~2007This query would find any document containing
applewithin 5 words of a number (e.g. year between
2007. Numeric range searches only work with positive integers and include the upper and lower bounds (so 2002 and 2007 would be retrieved in the above example); decimal points and commas are treated as spaces and minus signs are ignored. For example, -123,456.78 would be interpreted as: 123 456 78 (three numbers).