15 Feb 2013
Our IAS Plus website is an extensive resource. This guide outlines how to get the most out of the site using our upgraded search functionality.
In February 2013, we substantially upgraded our search functionality, introducing a range of new features such as:
- New search logic including automatic spelling correction and 'fuzzy' searches, e.g. a search for "leases" will also find articles containing "leasing"
- Better indexing of our content, including deeper indexing of PDF and other file types, legacy items and other content
- Better results, with initial searches are presented from across the site, which can then be refined and filtered as necessary
- Language and character support for many more languages.
Below you will find answers to the following frequently asked questions:
- How do I search for information?
- How are search results presented?
- What tips do you have for successful searching?
- What if I have further questions?
How do I search for information?
The simplest way is to type the search term in the search box which is located at the top of the screen on all pages across the site:
The search box performs a free text search across the site. Start your search by hitting the enter key or clicking on the search icon.
Tip: You can also use our tag functionality to find information on specific topics.
How are search results presented?
We've designed search to be intuitive and easy to use. When you first conduct a search, matching results from across the site are presented in order of their relevance.
From this initial result screen, you can perform additional functions if the information you're looking forward isn't immediately shown (see also our general search tips below):
- Refine your search terms but editing the text at the main search bar
- Filter the search against particular categories of content on the site, e.g. to see IASB meeting discussions about "leases", search for leases and then click on "Meetings" in the left-hand side of the screen.
Tip: When a filter is applied, the ordering of the search results is adjusted to reflect the nature of the content, e.g. news, publications, dates and meeting note are presented in reverse date order (i.e. most recent first).
Tip: To start a new search of everything on the site after filtering previous results, type the term into the top right-hand search box rather than the filtering box. Clicking on the search icon in this box also 'resets' any filtering applied.
The following are some general tips about using search:
- Keep initial search terms short and simple, and then add additional words if necessary, e.g. 'embedded derivatives' or 'consolidation'
- Match results that contain an exact term by including it "in quotes", e.g. "embedded derivatives"
- Exclude results that contain a particular word by preceding it with a minus sign (-) within the search terms, e.g. 'impairment -disclosure'
- Find results that include synonyms by placing the ~ sign immediately in front of relevant words, e.g. '~acquisition accounting'
- Use filtering and refinements to locate specific information, e.g. to find IASB or IFRS Interpretations Committee discussions about consolidation in 2010, try searching for "consolidation 2010" and then click on the 'Meetings' category.
Tip: If on clicking a search result in Internet Explorer you are given an message about trusted sites, you may have iasplus.com as a trusted site, and will need to add google.com to your trusted sites. Further information on how to do this can be found on the Microsoft website.
What if I have further questions?
If you have further questions, comments or feedback about search, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you find the search functionality on the site useful and we look forward to further enhancing its functionality over time.