Viewing and Refining Full Text Search Results
This article will explain how to understand the results from your Full Text Search, and refine the results to find the exact document you are looking for.
After performing a search, you will see a list of documents (either dispute documents, treaties or arbitration rules) that contain text matching your searched term. The heading of the card result will indicate if it is a dispute document or legal instrument.
On each card, you will have the option to select the title and be taken to the whole document, or you could preview excerpts from paragraphs or pages within the document that contain your searched term. If you click into the document page, you will be anchored to the first place where your searched term exists within the document text.
For some documents, you will have the ability to preview excerpts from paragraphs. For documents that are available as PDFs only, will you see the option to preview the page that contains the searched term.
Previewing an excerpt
To preview an excerpt paragraph/page, simply click on the page/paragraph number at the bottom of the card.
This will expand the page or paragraph that contains the searched keyword, and display how many instances of your keyword appear within the page/paragraph.
For broader searches, it may be helpful to refine your search to narrow down on your results and have fewer matches. By pressing “Basic Filters,” you will be presented with a screen containing previously entered filter criteria for you to update or set for the first time.
As explained in Getting Started with Full Text Search, linguistic aids can help you broaden your search results to create a more robust search experience. They will help you widen the criteria to allow you to search for synonyms, stems of suffixes or levels of typos for you to have a better chance at finding your document.
You will be able to filter your results by a variety of criteria:
- Language: This filter applies to dispute documents and legal instruments – ISLG contains documents in a variety of different languages. This filter allows you to filter documents by the languages you select.
- Date Range: This filter applies to dispute documents and legal instruments – This corresponds to the “Date” field for Dispute Document, “Date of Entry into Force” for a Treaty, and “Valid from/to” dates on the Arbitration Rules.
- Dispute Document/Arbitration Rule/Treaty Type: This filter applies to dispute documents and legal instruments – This filter allows you to select multiple document types depending on if it is a dispute document, arbitration rule or treaty.
- Respondent State: This filter applies only to dispute documents – This filter allows you to select countries that were the respondent States in the dispute.
- Applicable Treaty: This filter applies only to dispute documents – This filter allows you to select treaties that were applied in the dispute.
- Applicable Arbitration Rules: This filter applies only to dispute documents – This filter allows you to select arbitration rules that were applied in the dispute.
- Branch in Subject Navigator: This filter applies only to dispute documents – This filter allows you to select Dispute Documents that have been tagged with certain subjects.
- Treaty/Instrument in Article Citator: This filter applies only to dispute documents – This filter allows you to select Dispute Documents that have referenced certain legal instruments.
Pressing “Submit Search” will refine your list to see only documents that meet your searched term (within the document text) and also match your list of filters.
Pressing “Cancel” will not apply the refinements, and bring you back to your list as it was.
Use this to familiarize yourself with the brand new and updated core features of ISLG to help you maximize your research. Knowing which tool can help you with what will enable you to get the full power of ISLG and reduce your time spent searching for information.