This article provides tips on how to conduct searches using the Keyword field on the searchable index pages and the main Search field at the top of each page of the website.
In the following tips, the brackets [ ] are used to indicate that the words inside the brackets are the search query. Do not include the brackets when you type a search query.
Basic Search Tips
1. This search engine does not recognize Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT, etc.). Do not use these operators in your search query. They will not yield the expected results.
2. The search function interprets a space between words as OR, not AND.
3. To search for all content that contains two or more terms, place a plus sign ( + ) before each desired search term. You must place a space between each term and the + sign for the next term.
4. To find all content that contains an exact phrase, place the phrase in quotation marks.
5. To search for all content that contains a specific citation, place the citation in quotation marks. Do not include any periods or section (§) symbols. Do include parentheses, if the citation contains them.
NOTE: If an opinion uses the phrase “section 207(c) of Title 18,” this opinion will not show up in the search results.
6. The search function always ignores capitalization.
Searching the OGE Legal Advisories
7. If you want to access a particular advisory and you know the citation of the advisory, type the citation in the keyword search field on the Legal Advisories page using the formats shown in the examples below:
8. If you want to know if a particular legal advisory has been cited by other legal advisories, follow these examples when typing the search query:
9. If a keyword search does not produce the results that you expected, try the dropdown menus of the Topics, Subtopics, Citation, and Focus fields. The terms in these fields encompass the concepts associated with the Federal ethics laws and regulations. The relevant concepts have been associated with each opinion. For example, if you are looking for legal advisories that discuss gift issues involving Government contractors, you would choose “Gifts & Payments” from the Topics menu and “Gifts from Outside Sources” from the Subtopics menu. All opinions that have been “tagged” with these concepts will appear in the search results.
10. These tips for creating search queries in the Legal Advisories section will also work in the main Search field located at the top of each page. By using the main Search field for the website, you will generate a list of all pages on the website that use your search terms. This may be particularly helpful, for example, if you are not sure whether OGE re-classified a DAEOgram as a Legal Advisory, a Program Management Advisory, or an Education Advisory.