Using Operators


Concept


Steps:

  1. The advanced search page defaults the operators used for each search key. Notice on the search page displayed that the default for all but two of the search keys is begins with. This means that the system searches for records that match, based on the key beginning with the criteria entered in each field.

    Step 1
  2. Displayed below is a list of all the operators that are available when conducting a search.

    Step 2
  3. In this example, you are searching for a facility. Suppose your institution has facilities that use numeric indicators. You do not know the specific number of the facility, but you know that 100 is used somewhere in the description. If the first set of numbers in the facility description were "100," you could use the "begins with" operator and enter the numbers "100" in the field next to the operator. This would return all locations that begin with the numbers "100." For this example, you do not know where the numbers fall in the description, so you need to use a the "contains" operator.

     

    Click the Description list.

    Step 3
  4. Click the contains list item.

    Step 4
  5. Click in the Description field.

    Step 5
  6. Enter the desired information into the Description field. Enter

     a valid value
     e.g.
     "100"
    .

    Step 6
  7. Click the Search button.

    Step 7
  8. The Search Results list displays all the facilities with the numbers "100" in the description.

    Step 8
  9. In another example, using an operator for more than one field helps to make your search even more specific. For example, a search for a facility with a description that contains the numbers "100" could be further narrowed by selecting the "=" operator for the Facility Type and selecting "Lecture Room."

     

    Click the Facility Type list.

    Step 9
  10. Click the Lecture Room list item.

    Step 10
  11. Click the Search button.

    Step 11
  12. The Search Results table displays all the facilities with the numbers "100" in the description and a facility type equal to "Lecture Room."

    Step 12

In summary, operators can be used to further define your search criteria.

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