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Search tips to help you locate information
on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Web
The AHRQ Web site uses a dedicated Google search engine to
locate items of interest on the site. The search
text box is located in the AHRQ banner on the right side
of every page. Begin any search by entering your desired
search term(s) into the Search AHRQ box
and either press Enter or
select the Go button.
You may wish to go directly to the Advanced
search page where you can specify options for search
term frequency, language, output format, and sorting.
Basic Search Tips:
- Keep your search simple, using just a few distinct search
- Use quotation marks to search for phrases. Example: "patient
- Leave out common words, such as the, of, to, for, as
well as single digits or letters. If you need to use
a common word, put a plus sign (+) in front of it or use
it in a phrase, enclosing the entire phrase in quotation
marks. Examples: type +2 diabetes; "trip ii"
- Exclude specific terms by using a minus sign (-) in front
of the term. Example: meps data -analysis
- If desired, sort your results by date—just select
the Sort By Date link
at the right side of the results page.
- Don't worry about capitalization—the search function
is not case-sensitive.
- Expand your search results by using similar terms
with the OR operator (OR must be capitalized here). Example:
cost OR expenditure OR payment
For a complete list of search tips, including a list
of Advanced Search Operators, go to http://search.ahrq.gov/user_help.html.
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