Word Variants and Case

When searching in the Words and Phrases box on the Quick or Advanced search forms, you have two controls for expanding or narrowing your search query.

Word Variants is a way to specify if you want plurals and other common forms of your word or words to be included in your search. For example, a search for 'assist' also returns results for 'assists', 'assisted', 'assisting', 'assistance' and 'assistive'. Likewise, a search for 'assistance' also returns results for 'assist', 'assists', 'assisted', 'assisting', and 'assistive'.

Irregular forms are not included. For example, 'child' will not return results for 'children'. 'Goose' will not return results for 'geese'.

Word Variants is turned on by default. Uncheck the box to turn off Word Variants and search only the word or words entered.

Case Sensitive is a way to specify that you want to search for the word or words in the exact case (upper, lower or mixed) that you have typed. This control is especially useful if you are searching for an acronym that is also a common word, such as AIDS or FAST.

Case Sensitive is turned off by default. Check the box to turn on Case Sensitive searching.