Using the FX Search Engine

Basic Search: The single word you type in the search box will appear in the results. For example, if you search for Chicken the search results page will list documents that include the word Chicken anywhere in the document.

Advanced Search - Choices on the Drop Down Menu (next to the search box):

  • All The Words: When you choose all the words in the drop-down menu, each of the search terms you type in will appear in the results. For example, if you search for Fried Chicken the results will contain documents that include the words Fried AND Chicken anywhere in the document. This function is limited to three expressions (exp1 AND exp2 AND exp3).

  • Any Of The Words: Select any of the words in the drop-down menu and any (but not necessarily all) of the search terms will appear in the results. So if you use this option to search for Fried Chicken the list of results will contain documents mentioning at least one of these terms (i.e., the results will contain documents that include the words Fried OR Chicken anywhere in the document. This function is limited to three expressions (exp1 OR exp2 OR exp3). This search will return a higher number of documents compared to the other two options.

  • Exact Phrase: When you select exact phrase in the drop-down menu, the words you specify must appear adjacent and in the order you specify. Therefore, you will only get results for the exact phrase Fried Chicken. This is sometimes referred to as a quoted query. This search will return the fewest number of search results.

Code Sections: When searching for a Code Section, enter that section as it appears in the Internal Revenue Code, including parentheses, if any. For example, 401(k) not 401k.

Are Hyphens Searchable? Hyphens are searchable. If you type split-dollar, documents containing at least one occurrence of split-dollar (with hyphens) will be retrieved. If the document contains only the phrase split dollar (without a hyphen in between the terms), the document will not be retrieved.

Once the search is run (in a matter of seconds), the results are presented on the Search Results Display page in a manner that facilitates finding the desired information from among the many places that the search word(s) were found.

Search Results Display Page

The search results page shows the subject headings, and for each heading, shows the number of times that the searched word(s) appear. The search function encompasses the AUS Main Libraries, Tax Facts, Practice Aids, Soft Skills and Advisors Journal.

Next Hit Button: The "»" icon operates as a next hit button. Clicking on it takes you to the next instance of your search term within the document you are browsing.