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Basic Search Tips & Tools

Here are some popular search techniques to help with your CSS Searches.

Examples Short Explanations

Default Search:

The word(s) child support will be found and give results similar to these:

  • Starting a Child Support Case
  • Establishing Child Support
  • Review and Adjustment of Child....

The CSS search tries to locate pages with a match to all words entered in your search query field.

Concatenate Topics (words): (Addition "+")

The words locate +parent will be
found and give results similar to these:

  • Locate ...
  • privatized locate ...
  • State Enforcement Unit Locate ...

The CSS search tries to locate pages with both words entered in your search query field. So you will only pull results with this focused information.


Note: Do not use a space between "+" and the secondary word used for focused search.

Separate Topics (words): (Subtraction "-")

The words parent -establishing will be found and give results similar to these:

  • Finding a Parent ....
  • CSE newsletter for parents... .
  • Additional Support Services ...

The CSS search tries to locate pages with the first word excluding the second word entered in your search query field. So you will only pull results with this focused information.


Note: Do not use a space between "-" and the excluded word (topic) for use in this search.

Exact Topic (words): (Quotation Marks " ")

The words "Medical Insurance" will be found and give results similar to these:

  • Medical Insurance & Medical Support ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions ...
  • Calculating Child Support Payments ...

The CSS search tries to locate pages with the exact phrase entered in your search query field. So you will only pull results with this entered phrase.


Note: This is case sensitive.

In general, most punctuation and special characters are ignored, however there is a growing list of punctuation and symbols that are recognized in searches everyday. Try your search several times if you do not see what you expect initially.
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