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When I conduct a keyword search of your Web site, how are the search results determined?
Search results are based on a variety of factors. The search engine looks for the existence or absence of your query words and also looks for related words. The results are then ranked for relevancy using different factors, including completeness, contextual evidence, and semantic distance (how closely the terms are related), as well as other content elements. The search engine evaluates content beyond just the title of the publication, which explains why other publications without the search term in the title might be ranked with higher relevancy than a publication that has the exact search term(s) in the title.

For additional information about the NCJRS Search and to view different search techniques, please view the Search Help section of our site.

Last Updated: May 9, 2013

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