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About Business & Industry
Words & Phrases Boolean Operators Proximity Operators
Words in Title AND NEAR
Date OR Parentheses
Company NOT Operator Precedence
Concept Terms Summary of Operator Functions
Marketing Terms
Industry Name
SIC/Product Codes How to Command Search
Document Types Command Prefixes
Geographic Names
Sources Word Truncation
Multi-Selecting Stopword List
B&I Quick Reference Card - PDF

Words & Word Phrases - back to top

Enter words and word phrases in the Word or Phrase field.  Words entered into the Word or Phrase field will search the full text, abstract, title and select descriptor fields.  For Example: entering the phrase technology budget in the Word or Phrase field will retrieve articles that include this term.

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To enter multiple words and/or phrases connect them with Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT).


Words in Title - back to top
Words in Title functions similarly to the Words and Phrases field but restricts the search to only the words that appear in the original title or the enhanced title of each article.


Searching Date Ranges - back to top 
The Business & Industry search interface allows you to limit the extent of your search by date range. By default, no date range filtering is applied. You may optionally set the earliest and/or latest publication date for articles to be returned by entering a date in the from and/or to text boxes.


Company - back to top
When searching for information related to one or more companies enter company names in the Company Name field.  Use Boolean Operators to AND, OR, NOT company names in your search statement.

The search shown above will retrieve articles that include both 3Com and US Robotics. You are looking for information about and their joint business activities.


Concept Term  - back to top
Concept Terms define the events or facts discussed in articles.   To select a Concept Term, scroll through the text-box list and highlight the term that is most appropriate to your search. Use the Multi-Select feature to select more than one Concept Term from the scrolling text-box. Multiple terms may be jointed with AND/OR operators.

Go to a complete list of Concept Terms


Marketing Term - back to top
Marketing Terms are applied to articles when they discuss how products and services are marketed to consumers.  To select a Marketing Term, scroll through the text-box list and highlight the term that is most appropriate to your search.   Use the Multi-Select feature to select more than one Marketing Term from the scrolling text-box.  Multiple terms may be jointed with AND/OR operators.

Go to a complete list of Marketing Terms


Industry Name - back to top 
The Industry Name text-box provides over 90 different Industry Names to chose from.   Industry Names are collections of SICs/Product Codes that belong to a given industry.  Use Industry Names to limit your search to a relevant set of SICs/Product Codes.  To select an Industry Name, scroll through the text-box list and highlight the term that is most appropriate to your search.  Use the Multi-Select feature to select more than one Industry Name from the scrolling text-box.  Multiple terms may be joined with AND/OR operators.

The example above would find articles that discuss both the Entertainment and Fast Foods industries.

Go to a complete list of Industry Names


Document Type - back to top 
Document Types identify specific types of articles or sources.    Use Document Types to find specific types of information such as Rankings, Surveys, Industry and Company Overviews, Geographic Profiles, and more.  To select an Document Type, scroll through the text-box list and highlight the term that is most appropriate to your search.  Use the Multi-Select feature to select more than one Document Type from the scrolling text-box.  Multiple terms may be jointed with AND/OR operators.  Use the "Must Include Table" check-box to limit a search to only articles that include tabular data. 

The example above would find articles that provide Industry Overviews.


SIC/Product Code - back to top 
Product Codes in Business& Industry are derived from the most recent U.S. Department of Commerce Standard Industrial Classifications.  If the SIC for a search is known, it may be entered directly to the SIC/Product Code field.

Note: SIC/Product Codes will truncate automatically. You may enter a number that is between 1 and 6 digits. Multiple SIC/Product Codes may joined with the AND or OR operators. SICs are hierarchical to 4 digits.

For example: For electronic computers use 3571

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If you do not know the SIC/Product Code it may be looked up using the Find SIC button. This will bring you to an expanding list of Product Codes. Click on the plus.gif (845 bytes) icon to expand through the product code ranges.  Expanding through the Product Code range will provide you with increasingly specific Product Codes.  Click on an underlined product code and it will automatically be entered to the SIC/Product Code field. Click on the minus.gif (841 bytes) icon to collapse the SIC ranges that have previously been expanded. The stop.gif (888 bytes) symbol indicates that an SIC does not expand any further.


Geo Region - back to top 
Use Geo Region to restrict a search to the country or region of interest. Click on the pop-up box and select the appropriate country or region.  Use the Multi-Select feature to select more than one Geo Region from the scrolling text-box. Multiple terms may be jointed with AND/OR operators.

Country vs. Region
Select a country when you want information about a specific country. Select a region to search all countries within a region.

The example above would find articles that discuss events occurring in both Romania and Russia.

The U.S.A check-box limits your search to articles that discuss events occurring in the United States.


Source - back to top
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Using Multi-Select Text-Boxes - back to top 
Many of the controlled-vocabulary indexes such as Concept Terms, Marketing Terms, Industry Names, Document Types or Geo Region are also available through Multi-Select text-boxes. The text-boxes allow you to select one or more entries in the box at the same time. Please note that the method for doing the selection in the list is dependent upon the computer you are using to access the database.

For example:  when using a PC usually holding down the Ctrl or Shift keys on your keyboard while clicking in the text-box with your mouse allows multiple selections.   When using an Apple computer, usually holding the Apple key while clicking your mouse allows multiple selections.

Next to the Multi-Select boxes are radio buttons allowing you to choose And or Or. This allows you to specify how the multi-selected terms are related to one another in a document. If you choose And, each matching document must contain all of the selected terms. If you choose Or, each matching document must contain at least 1 of the selected terms.


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