Hints on Using the ONDCP Site Search
The ONDCP uses a Microsoft Index Server search engine which will search ASCII (plain text), Adobe Acrobat PDF, Word (.doc), PowerPoint (.ppt), and HTML documents on the site and return the titles of the documents which contain the word(s) you typed. You can then view a document by clicking the title.
- Performing a Search
- Combining Terms
- Interpreting your Search Results
- If You Find Too Much
- If You Find Too Little
(substance abuse) and (correctional or prison or jail)
Do not enclose your search terms in quotes unless quotes are a part of the expression for which you are searching.
Documents matching your query are displayed in order of relevance, with those judged most relevant listed first.
Your search terms are treated with a "fuzzy AND" operator. For example, if you enter the terms residential treatment facility, the terms will be searched for anywhere on this site. The search function will find documents with any or all of those terms, including residential treatment facility, treatment facility or facility. On your results screen, documents with all three terms will be ranked above documents with only one or two of those terms.
Add another term into the open search box. For example, instead of entering corrections and treatment, type in corrections and treatment and mental health.
Change one of the terms to a broader term. For example, replace marijuana treatment with marijuana.
Try to think of synonyms or related words and combine them with OR, for example:
- cannabis or marijuana
- police or law enforcement and California
- (narcotics or drugs) and (adolescents or juveniles)
Look for misspellings in the terms you have entered.