Words Search - Search all text, allows you to perform word searches to find information, products, or services. Type in any word(s) in the Search all text box and hit GO.
Here are a few simple conventions:
- Use spaces or commas to separate words (e.g. type Hazardous Waste, or Hazardous, Waste) - either way works.
- Selecting either AND or OR by clicking on the proper radial button designates a search that looks for listings that contain all of the words typed in the current line (AND) or listings that contain any of the words (OR). For example, if you enter Water Pollution as search words and the button reads AND then the search will look for listings with both Water AND Pollution in them. If you enter Water Pollution as search words and the button reads OR then the search will look for listings with either Water OR Pollution in them.
- Use quotes to specify searching for phrases ("Hazardous Waste" specifies the requirement for these two words to be adjacent - basically it further defines an AND designation). A phrase can be two or more words. Anything included in the phrase must be found (e.g. "Health & Safety" will specify the requirement for an &).
- Searches are not case sensitive (i.e. capitalization does not matter).
- Word variations are included when searching for text. A word variation is a different form of a word. For example, if you are searching for "drink", the search will find "drinks" and "drinking," as well as "drink." The search will find only variations when the base word does not change in forming the variation.
As with any electronic searching, words selected for searching can be specific or general. For example, you may want to start searching for information on a specific chemical name. If no listings are found you may then want to try a more general search using, for example, the word Chemical.
Topics Search and Search Filters provide additional techniques for finding what you need.
Search speed can be a function of your computer, your modem or other type of connection to the Internet, your Internet Service Provider (ISP), the Internet itself, the server hosting the application you are searching, the application itself (e.g. EnviroSource), or the way you specified the search. Searches on the Internet can be immediate or take several seconds (with variations in search speed occurring within a short time lapse).
When searching for information about a country other than the U.S. or Canada you can use the actual country name (e.g. China), but should also try the words International, World, or Global (in this order of importance).