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If you are unfamiliar with searching, these step-by-step instructions will help you get relevant results. For descriptions of the fields, see the field help text. For more assistance with searching, read the Frequently Asked Questions.
Right-hand truncation is available in this database by using *. Using truncation enables you to search for more than one form of a word by entering a root word and placing an * at the end of it.
Your results will include:
The system does not understand most punctuation. If you are using any form of punctuation in your search and get an error message or get no results, remove the punctuation and try your search again.
The Operator within fields links terms within a field. Use it if you enter more than one term in a field. This option is available for the Search all Text, Organization Name, Country, Target Audience, and City fields.
For the other fields, either the operator or connects your terms, or pull-down boxes, which allow you to choose terms, are offered.
and: If you select and, the database will search for organizations whose database entries (records) contain all of the words you entered in that field.
or: If you select or, the database will search for organizations whose records contain any (one or more) of the words you entered in that field. Use or if you are searching for more than one city or country, or if you are searching for the broadest result possible.
For example, to find organizations in Denver or Boise, enter the following:
The Operator to connect the fields below links the terms you have entered in the different fields. It defaults to and, but you may choose or from the pull-down menu.
The "and" operator will link all fields for which you have entered information. Choosing "or" to link your fields operator will produce a broader search because the database will search the fields separately. For example:
To find American Red Cross chapters in Wyoming, enter the following:
If you want to search for two or more words next to each other in that order, you must use quotes.
If You Find Too Little:
If You Find Too Much:
When you click on Search, the database runs your search. The results will appear on your screen. The documents are listed in the order of country, state, and city of the organization.
The database will display the maximum number of summaries you specified on the search page. Records are displayed by number, city, state/country, and organization name. Select a record to review its contents.
A stopword is a word that you cannot use to retrieve documents. The following stopwords were chosen because they occur so frequently that they are not useful in retrieving documents. The system will ignore any of the stopwords that you might use.
Included here is a list of frequently asked questions about the CDC NPIN Resources and Services Database. If you would like to submit a question to this list, send a message to us.
Why doesn't the Resources and Services Database retrieve any records on my topic?
It is possible that a search may not find any records for the topic you request. This might happen for several reasons:
My search results gave me too many records. How can I narrow my search?
To narrow your results, enter another term. You may enter this term either in the same field or in another field.
Does it matter if I use upper or lower case letters?
No, the database does not recognize the difference between upper and lower case letters.
How do I know what words to use?
If you think the database should have information on your topic but you are not finding any records, you may be using a term that is different from the one the database uses. Try to think of another way to phrase the concept you're looking for. Also see Refining Your Search.
Why don't all the fields show up for each organization?
Fields that do not show up do not include data. Not all records have information in each field.
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