SEARCH GUIDE

STANDARD (DEFAULT) SEARCH USES "AND" OPERATOR, EXACT SEARCH

GovRegs's Regulations search engine by default performs exact searches. It also treats two or more searched words as if connected with AND.
fish origin Returns only regulations containing fish AND origin. Also does not include fishes, fishing, origination, etc. (see Wildcards).

BOOLEAN OPERATORS (MUST BE CAPITALIZED)

AND Returns only Regulations containing both fish and origin (default) fish AND origin
OR Returns Regulations containing either fish or origin fish OR origin
NOT Returns only Regulations containing fish but not origin fish NOT origin

Notes

Any combination of Boolean operators is allowed: broker AND examination AND days NOT cargo NOT taxpayer

Grouping is possible by use of parentheses: (broker AND examination AND days) NOT (cargo OR taxpayer) NOT markets

WILD CARDS / TRUNCATION / FUZZY SEARCHES

Regulations Mobile allows various types of approximation searches.
* Find the root word plus any no. of characters fish*finds: fish, fisher, fishing, etc.
u*nfinds: upon, uniform, unitarian
? Each ? finds one character anywhere in the word except the first character fis?finds: fish, fist, fisk
?FTAfinds: NAFTA, UKFTA, AUFTA, etc.
~n Following with ~n will return similarly spelled words. "n" ranges from 0 (least similar) to 1 (most similar). Default is 0.5 fish~finds: disc, fish, fast
fish~.7finds: wish, fish

Notes

You may combine any Boolean operator & Wild Card: ?and NOT (sand OR land)

PROXIMITY OPERATORS

" "~n Within n words of each other in either direction "nafta certificate origin"~10
Combine with NOT to exclude results containing words in a certain proximity Certification NOT "certification origin"~10

RELEVANCE BOOST

Regulations Mobile allows users to boost the relevance of terms in any search
^n Boosts relevance of the term in a search. Scale is 1-10 Canada^7NAFTA