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You can use the Policy Information Library search capabilities to search the full text of the library. Use the following tips to find the information you need:

  • Use AND and OR to search for non-contiguous terms. If you are looking for words that may not appear next to each other in a document, you need to separate them with AND or OR. For example, if you search for BINGO TAX, you will only get documents that have the words BINGO and TAX next to each other in that order. However, if you search for BINGO AND TAX, you will get documents that contain these words anywhere.
  • Search for words you know will appear in the documents you need. For example, if you are looking for tax policy on bingo, you should search for the word BINGO, but not for the phrase BINGO GAMES IN KANSAS.
  • Use alternative word choices. Many documents in the Internet Policy Information Library contain word variants that mean the same thing. For example, many of the documents concern taxability of goods and services for residence halls on educational institutions. Only one of them uses the word DORMITORY; the others use HUMAN HABITATION. If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, consider alternative words that may appear in the documents, and enter those in the search field.
  • Use hyphens when appropriate. Terms are often hyphenated differently by different authors, even within the same document. When you include a hyphen in a search, Lotus Notes looks for both the hyphenated version and the un-hyphenated version. For example, if you type HOME-BASED BUSINESS in the search field, you will find documents containing HOME BASED BUSINESS as well as documents containing HOME-BASED BUSINESS.
  • Use Wildcards. Wildcards are generic characters used in place of the actual characters you are looking for. They are useful when you don’t know how a word is spelled or how a word ends. Use the ? in place of a single character and the * in place of multiple characters. For example, if you want to search for tax policies regarding automobile dealers, but you’re unsure of the wording (automobile dealers, automobile salesmen or automotive stores) you could enter AUTOMO* to find all documents that have a word beginning with those six characters.

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