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How to Search

The search function is keyword-based, and collects results from the series, study and variable levels of each data collection. The following highlights important search functions of the ED Data Inventory, guiding first-time users in navigating the application.

How to Search the Inventory
How to Perform an Advanced Search
How to Perform a Series Variable Search
How to Perform a Study Variable Search
How to Search the Inventory

Basic search will perform a default boolean “And” search for multiple search terms. For example, searching on “child care” will yield results that contain both “child” and “care”.

Search bar text box and button

To perform a basic search:
Type a search term in the text box located on the upper right-hand corner of the toolbar.
Click the Search button button or press the Enter key.

The search results shows all series that match your query, as well as the number of studies within each series that contain the search term. By default, the list of studies and the number of variables within each study that match your query are hidden from view.

Default search results

To view all matching studies and variables:
Click the “Expand All” link.

To view matching studies and variables for a series:
Click the icon or “study matches your query” link.

Expanded default search results

To view series details:
Click the series title link.

To view study details:
Click the study title link.

To view matching variables within a study:
Click the “variables” link.

Back to Search Results link

To return to the search results from the “SERIES” or “STUDY” tab:
Click the “BACK TO SEARCH RESULTS” button located above the “SERIES” and “STUDY” tabs.

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How to Perform an Advanced Search

Advanced search allows you to select the boolean search operator to be used in your query: “And”, “Or” or “Exact Match”.

Advanced search link

To perform an advanced search:
Click the “ADVANCED SEARCH” link located on the menu bar.
From the main search page, type a search term in the text box.
Select a search operator.

Operator Description
And Narrows the search to include data containing all of the words entered.
Or Broadens the search to include data containing any of the words entered.
Exact Match Narrows the search to include data containing the exact search term.

Click the “SEARCH” button.

The search results shows all series that match your query, as well as the number of studies within each series that contain the search term. By default, the list of studies and the number of variables within each study that match your query are hidden from view.

Default search results

To view all matching studies and variables:
Click the “Expand All” link.

To view matching studies and variables for a series:
Click the icon or “study matches your query” link.

Expanded default search results

To view series details:
Click the series title link.

To view study details:
Click the study title link.

To view matching variables within a study:
Click the “variables” link.

Back to Search Results link

To return to the search results from the “SERIES” or “STUDY” tab:
Click the “BACK TO SEARCH RESULTS” button located above the “SERIES” and “STUDY” tabs.

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How to Perform a Series Variable Search

Series variable search

To search variables within a series:
From the “SERIES” tab, click the “SERIES VARIABLE” section header.
Type a search term in the text box.
Select a search operator.

Operator Description
And Narrows the search to include data containing all of the words entered.
Or Broadens the search to include data containing any of the words entered.
Exact Match Narrows the search to include data containing the exact search term.

Click the “SEARCH” button.

The search results shows all variables within the series that match your query. By default, the variable value labels are hidden from view. Word(s) that match your search term will be highlighted in yellow.

Expand series variable value labels

To view all variable value labels:
Click the “Expand All Value Labels” link.

To view value labels for a variable:
Click the icon or “Value Labels” link for a particular variable.

Export series variables

To export all variable details to csv:
Click the check box on the table header.
Click the “Export to CSV” link.

To export details for a subset of variables to csv:
Click the check box to the left of the name of each variable you want to select.
Click the “Export to CSV” link.

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How to Perform a Study Variable Search

Study variable search

To search variables within a study:
From the “STUDY” tab, click the “STUDY VARIABLE” section header.
Type a search term in the text box.
Select a search operator.

Operator Description
And Narrows the search to include data containing all of the words entered.
Or Broadens the search to include data containing any of the words entered.
Exact Match Narrows the search to include data containing the exact search term.

Click the “SEARCH” button.

The search results shows all variables within the study that match your query. By default, the variable value labels are hidden from view. Word(s) that match your search term will be highlighted in yellow.

Expand study variable value labels

To view all variable value labels:
Click the “Expand All Value Labels” link.

To view value labels for a variable:
Click the icon or “Value Labels” link for a particular variable.

Export study variables

To export all variable details to csv:
Click the check box on the table header.
Click the “Export to CSV” link.

To export details for a subset of variables to csv:
Click the check box to the left of the name of each variable you want to select.
Click the “Export to CSV” link.

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