ARB Archive Search Tips

This page last reviewed September 8, 2008

Valid Search Strings
You can use and, or, or not in searching. These are referred to as Boolean operators. Without these Boolean operators, the search engine will assume you're anding the words together. The operators are not case sensitive.
Evaluation takes place from left to right only, although you can use parentheses to force the order of evaluation.

Examples:

smilla or snow

Retrieves files containing either the words smilla or snow.

smilla and snow not sense

(smilla and snow) and not sense

Same thing, retrieves first the files that contain both the words smilla and snow; then among those the ones that do not contain the word sense.

The wildcard (*) is available, however it can only be used at the end of a word: otherwise is considerd a normal character.

Examples:

librarian

This query only retrieves files which contain the given word; i.e., librarian.

librarian*

This query retrieves: librarians, librarianship, etc. along with librarian.

* * * * *

"Exact Match" Check Box
Click inside this box when you want your multi-word query to return only those documents that includes the string exactly as you typed it. If you do not click this box, all documents listed will include all of your words even when those words do not sit next to one another.
Purpose of the "ARB's Most Popular Pages" Feature
By design, this feature takes you only to the top level documents that pertain to your search string. Because there are only about 1,500 documents included in this engine, less than 5 percent of this website is directly accessible (i.e., one click away) through this engine. From these top level documents, you can read our "shock absorber" language at the top of each document to figure out where you have landed. At the bottom of each page, you will find a "one-up" link sending you up the tree to at least one page that links down to the page you are currently on.
What if I Want an Alternative File Format?
The search engine will inevitably take you directly to an HTML or .pdf formatted file. If for example, you seek a MSWord version of a PDF file, simply go up to the location field in your browser, change the file extension to DOC, and hit "enter." If we have the alternative format in the archive, this will retrieve it for you.
Explanation of Title Tag Format
The syntax for our title tags follows a two or three part convention. First we provide a "document type" drawn from the items listed in the table below. Second, if the document is to be generated once and not subject to periodic change, then we will specifiy the issue date of the date of the event in yyyy-mm-dd format. Next, we provide the actual document title.

This Table Includes a List of "Document Types"

Approval Letter EO = Executive Order Research Abstract or ("Note")
ASL = Administrative
Services Letter
Event RLDB = Rules Log Database
Audit Report Form Rulemaking = All "Formal" Rulemaking Documents Begining with the 45-Day
Notice
Background Material Guidance Document Rulemaking Informal
(Pre 45-Day Notice Materials)
Business Information Health Mandated Report
CCR = California Code
of Regulations
Job Software
Compliance Advisory MAC = Manufacturers
Advisory Correspondence
SOP = Standard Operating Procedure
Compliance Assistance MS Mailout = Mobile Source Mailouts Scientific Review Panel
Consumer Information Map Staff Report (Non-Reg)
Correspondence Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Transcript
Subject Top Page
Database Test Method
DRDB = District Rules DB News Release Title V Permit or Comment or Engineering Evaluation
Education Org. Chart Training
Permit Planning Video
    Presentation
More Help Needed?
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