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Complex Search Tips
This section provides tips on performing effective searches. If you are unfamiliar with searching, these step-by-step instructions and tips 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.
If you want to search for two or more words next to each other in that order, you must use quotes.
Right-hand truncation is available in this database by using an asterisk. Using truncation enables you to search for more than one form of a word by entering a root word and placing an asterisk at the end of it.
For example, if you enter the term "child*" in the Funder field, the database will search for all funding opportunities with the root "child" in the Funder name.
Your results will include these titles:
The system does not understand most punctuation. If you are using any form of punctuation in your search and get an error message or no results, remove the punctuation and try your search again.
The "Operator within fields" is the operator used to link terms within fields. From the pull-down menu, you may choose either "and" or "or."
If you select "and," the database will search for funding opportunities that have all of the words you enter.
To find funding opportunities that have both the words "drug" and "abuse" anywhere in the database, enter the following:
If you select "or," the database will search for occurrences of any of the terms you enter. Use this operator if you are searching for synonyms.
To find funding opportunities from either the Ford or Kellogg Foundations, enter the following:
Your results will include these funding opportunities:
The "Operator to connect the fields below" is the operator used to link together the terms you have entered in the different fields. From the pull-down menu, you may choose either "and" or "or."
If you select "and," the database will link all fields for which you have entered information.
To find funding opportunities for project grants dealing with mental health, enter the following:
If you select "or," the database will search for all occurences of terms in any of the fields.
To find funding opportunities from the Chicago Foundation for Women or in Texas, enter the following in the "Funder" and "Location" fields:
If You Find Too Little:
If You Find Too Much:
When you select Search, the database runs your search. The results will appear on your screen.
The database will display the number of funding opportunities you specified on the search page. (If you did not choose a number, the database will display the first 50 funding opportunities.) Funding opportunities are displayed by Fund Title, Type of Support, and Application Deadline.
Click on a funding opportunity 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 use.
The following is a list of stopwords that are found in this database:
Included here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Funding Database. If you would like to suggest a FAQ for this list, send a message to us.
Question: Why doesn't the Funding Database retrieve any records on my topic?
Answer: It is possible that the database may not find any records for the topic you request. This might happen for several reasons:
Question: My search results gave me too many records. How can I narrow my search?
Answer: To narrow your results, enter another term. You may enter this term either in the same field or in another field.
Question: Does it matter if I use upper or lower case letters?
Answer: No, the database does not recognize the difference between upper and lower case letters.
Question: How do I know what words to use?
Answer: 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.
Question: Why don't all the fields show up for each funding opportunity?
Answer: Fields that do not show up do not have data.
Funding Search Tips | Funding Field Help
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