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U-Connect Search Tips: Taming the U

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Having trouble finding what you need when you search U-Connect? Try these tips to get better, more relevant search results.

  1. Use descriptive words specific to your search needs to narrow your search.
    1. For example, if you are searching for a specific Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG), searching “clinical practice guideline” won’t bring up the CPG you need (as there are hundreds of CPGs). Instead, use terms for the specific CPG you are looking for, such as “atrial fibrillation.”
    2. Only use common terms in conjunction with more descriptive words to narrow your search. Avoid just using words that are used to frequently describe things but aren’t specific, such as form, checklist, guideline, protocol, etc. For example, inpatient and outpatient are commonly used to describe many items on U-Connect, and if you search for "inpatient" or "outpatient" alone, it will return thousands of results. 
    3. Avoid using connector words, such as the, to, for, and, more, also, etc. Also avoid using punctuation when you search, as this will muddy your results with clutter.
  2. Use the built-in search filters to narrow results before and after you search.
    1. From the main search box at the top of every page, you can filter your results before you search. The image below shows you the "filters" that appear when you begin typing in the search box. After you enter what you're looking for in the search box, select one of the blue boxes below to narrow your search results:
      1. All (everything on U-Connect will be searched) - this is the default search option, and you don't need to select the "ALL" button
      2. Directory (this will limit your search to the Directory)
      3. Forms (only items marked as forms will be searched)
      4. HFFY (only Health and Nutrition Facts for You will be searched)
      5. Policies (only policies will be searched)
    2. After you select your filter button, you must then either hit the Enter/Return key on your keyboard, or click the blue "Search" bar next to what you have typed.
      Search: top filters
    3. Search Result Filters

      Search Filters

      On the search results page, you can narrow your results using the Filters along the left hand side of the Search Results page. You can use multiple filters to further refine your search results. These filters include:
      1. Organization
        1. Filter your results by UWHC-specific or UWMF-specific items.
      2. Type
        1. Narrow your results to content types:
          1. File (only searches PDFs, Word documents, Excel documents or PowerPoints)
          2. HFFY (only searches Health and Nutrition Facts for You)
          3. Policy (only searches Policies)
          4. News (only searches news items)
          5. Link (only searches links to external tools and websites)
          6. Event (only searches Events)
        2. Category
          1. Narrow your results by categories:
            1. Tools (only searches items marked as Tools)
            2. Forms (only searches items marked as Forms)
            3. Videos (only searches items marked as Videos)
          2. Tag
            1. Narrow your results to items with a certain tag(s) - a "tag" is a category or topic assigned to a piece of content (e.g., Nursing, Safety, etc.):
              1. When you select a tag, your search results will be limited to items that have been tagged with your selection. If you select multiple tags, only items with the multiple tags you select will be returned. Learn more about tags and what content they are used on
  3. If at first you don’t succeed, refine your search terms.
    1. Adding or removing words will change the search results you get.
  4. Don’t be afraid to scroll or check multiple pages of search results.
    1. While it can be frustrating when your initial search terms don’t bring up what you need as the first result, often the result you want can be found by scrolling through the page(s) of results.
  5. Capitalization doesn’t matter.
    1. Save yourself from using the shift key - search terms aren’t case-sensitive.
  6. Avoid suffixes (s, ed, able, ly, etc.) unless you want to limit your search to those terms that have suffixes.
    1.  IV and IVs will return different results, as will walk and walking. Using the root of a word will include the suffixed versions in the search results, but not vice-versa.

Search results are ever-evolving. In fact, many search results pages are likely to change daily or weekly as content is added to U-Connect, or taken off the site. Keyword density is the main factor in the results that are returned for your searches (in other words - the number of times a keyword appears on a page will rank it higher in the search results when you search for that keyword).

Some issues can be cleared up with refined searches, but if you find a page or document that isn’t returned for the keywords you feel it should be, please contact uconnect@uwhealth.org with the URL of the page you think should come up in the search results, and the keywords you think the page should be associated with. We can then add the terms to the search to bring up the specified page or document.

If you find items you think should be marked as a form or a tool but they aren't, contact uconnect@uwhealth.org - please provide the URL of the document and whether it should be marked as a Form or a Tool.

Contact uconnect@uwhealth.org if you feel a page needs tags added or removed, as well. Tags can be found under the title of the page or document. If a page has an overview, expand the box (by clicking on the down arrow under the overview) to see the tags.

Page with Unexpanded Overview and Tags Not Showing

Page with tags closed

Page with Expanded Overview and Tags Showing

Page with tags open

Please include the URL of the page and choose from the preset list of tags. We can add tags to our tag library, but tags must be broad and cover multiple pieces of content from various types to be effective. Otherwise, the tag library would grow too large to be useful to refine searches.

Advanced Search Tips

  1. Proximity Searches
    1. Searching on U-Connect supports finding words that are within a specific distance of each other. To do a proximity search, use the tilde, ~, symbol at the end of a phrase. For example, to search for “ehealth” and “social” within 10 words of each other in a document, use the search: ehealth social~10
  2. Prohibit Operator -
    1. The - symbol (or prohibit operator) excludes documents that contain the term after the - symbol. To search for documents that contain “ehealth” but not “team,” use the query:  ehealth-team
  3. Fuzzy Searches
    1. To do a fuzzy search, use the tilde symbol (~) at the end of a single word search term. For example, to search for a term similar in spelling to “roam,” use the fuzzy search: roam~
      1. This search will find terms like "foam" and "roams."
  4. Wildcard Searches
    1. To perform a single character wildcard search, use the ? symbol. To perform a multiple character wildcard search, use the * symbol.
    2. The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for “text” or “test” you can use the search: te?t
    3. Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for test, tests or tester, you can use the search: test*
    4. You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term: te*t