Search the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain HSRC Website
Powered by Google, the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center search engine allows you to search through the 700+ webpages on the site, as well as the full text of hundreds of PDF documents.
To enter a query into the search engine, just type in a few descriptive words and hit the 'enter' key (or click on the search button) for a list of relevant web pages. Since Google only returns web pages that contain all the words in your query, refining or narrowing your search is as simple as adding more words to the search terms you have already entered. Your new query will return a smaller subset of the pages Google found for your original "too-broad" query.
For best results, it's important to choose your keywords wisely. Keep these tips in mind:
Searching Specific Portions of the Site
A dropdown box in the header of each page (located just below the navigation bar) allows you to specify the span of your search. Where appropriate, this dropdown box contains options that restrict your search to specific directories or collections of documents (see the 2000 Proceedings page for an example). Simply specify where you want to search by choosing an option in the dropdown box before you click the search button. By default, the search engine will look through the entire site.
Automatic "and" Queries
By default, Google only returns pages that include all of your search terms. There is no need to include "and" between terms. Keep in mind that the order in which the terms are typed will affect the search results. To restrict a search further, just include more terms.
Automatic Exclusion of Common Words
Google ignores common words and characters such as "where" and "how", as well as certain single digits and single letters, because they tend to slow down your search without improving the results. Google will indicate if a common word has been excluded by displaying details on the results page below the search box.
If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it. (Be sure to include a space before the "+" sign.) The one exception to this is "the", which is so common it is not considered in searches.
Another method for doing this is conducting a phrase search, which simply means putting quotation marks around two or more words. Common words in a phrase search (e.g., "where are you") are included in the search. The sole exception to this is "the," which is not considered in any Google searches.
Google searches are NOT case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case. For example, searches for "george washington", "George Washington", and "gEoRgE wAsHiNgToN" will all return the same results.
Word Variations (Stemming)
To provide the most accurate results, Google does not use "stemming" or support "wildcard" searches. In other words, Google searches for exactly the words that you enter in the search box. Searching for "googl" or "googl*" will not yield "googler" or "googlin". If in doubt, try both forms: "airline" and "airlines," for instance.
For more search help, please see Google's help section.