ContentsCommand-Based Query

Command-Based query displays a text entry box in which you enter the words or phrases that you wish to locate combined with search operators.

Phrase Searching:   /2/;w/2 parameter

To get the absolute best results when doing phrase searching in the MLIS System, it is necessary to enter the /2/ or w/2 parameter between words. This tells the search engine to return all results where the words are within 2 words of each other. This is necessary because the indexing is performed on PDF documents with line numbers. If a phrase breaks across a line, the line number at the beginning of the subsequent line will prevent the search engine from "finding" this instance of the phrase.

Example: retirement system would be retirement /2/ system OR retirement w/2 system
     Searches for retirement and system within 2 words of each other.

Simple Query

To make a simple Command-Based query:

  1. Type the word or phrase you want to find into the space provided.
  2. Choose the Submit Query button.

You can enter a single word or a phrase. You may use either upper or lower case characters since ISYS:web is not case sensitive.

You can also use word tense conflation in your query by clicking the checkbox beside this option.

After executing your query, the page displays the matching documents. You can then browse the documents or display the hits in context.

The words that appear in the hit list may not exactly match the information your typed. ISYS:web Results will vary if word tense conflation is used. Common words will be identified as "common" in the hit list.

Compound Queries

To build a compound query, separate your words or phrases with an ISYS:web operator.

  1. Type the first word or phrase you want to find.
  2. Type the operator you wish to use (And, Or, etc.).
  3. Type in the second word or phrase.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all of the words, phrases and operators you wish to use.
  5. Choose the OK button or press Enter to execute the search.

Do NOT surround the operator with quotes or slashes. For example, just type YELLOW AND GREEN.

You can use up to 16 operators in one query.

Command-Based Operator Reference

The following is a list of the operators you can use in your Command-Based queries.


  • Locates documents which contain both of the entered words or phrases.
    E.g. record AND sales
  • OR

  • Locates documents which contain any one of the entered words or phrases.
    E.g. team leader OR supervisor
  • NOT

  • Locates documents which contain the first word or phrase, but not the second.
    E.g. record NOT expense
  • XOR

  • Locates documents which contain either the first word or phrase, or the second, but not both.
    E.g. network XOR performance
  • /x,y/ or W/n

  • Locates documents where both words or phrases appear in the same paragraph, within the number of words specified by x and y, or n. X and y represent the minimum and maximum separation respectively. Use the form // to specify "in the same paragraph". You can also specify negative values.
    E.g. section twelve // ruling

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