Search help

The ways of searching on Kluwer Law Online:

  • Google Like Search Tool – shows a search field directly in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  • Contextual Search – provides the ability to search within journals or manuals only, or within a selected title.
  • 'Edit' Search – after completing your (contextual) search you have the ability to edit the search and refine with e.g. 'Words in Title', 'Author's Name' or 'Publication Date' ranges.
  • Advanced Search – can be accessed through the button 'Advanced Search' on the right side of the menu bar.
  • Browse Topics – above the search bar refers to the law areas and the relevant publications.

Searches on Kluwer Law Online are performed irrespective of your access to any given title. This means that a hit list resulting from your query may contain links to documents that you do not have full-text access to. You will be able to access the information about that document, but not the actual document.

Creating more exact search queries

Both the Search and the Advanced Search screens allow you to create a more exact search query through the use of wildcards and operators.

The following wildcards and operators can be used:
Term Function How to Use Example
AND Finds documents containing both terms Separate the words with a space, or separate with "and" tax and reform
" " Finds terms in an exact sequence Use quotation marks around the sequence "tax reform"
OR Finds documents containing one or both of the terms Separate terms with "or" tax or reform
NOT Finds documents containing one term but excluding the other Separate terms with "not" tax not reform
* a placeholder for an unspecified number of letters in the search term Type the search term with an asterisk symbol (*) in the place where the variations are allowed (usually at the end) arbitr* returns arbitrator, arbitration, arbitrage, etc
? a placeholder for one unspecified letter Replace letter with the ? symbol wom?n returns woman, women
w/n Finds terms that are within a certain number of words (n) of each other Separate words with a "w" and a slash mark (/) and the number of words which can occur between the search terms smoke w/5 tobacco finds "smoke" and "tobacco" within 5 words of each other

Capitals, accents and diacritic marks

Searching is case-insensitive, i.e. it does not distinguish between capitals and lower case letters. Searching for Arbitration will also find arbitration.

The search engine does not distinguish between letters with accents and letters without accents. Searching for a word containing the letter "e" will also locate words containing "é", "è", "ĕ", "E", "É", "Ê", or "Ë".

The result list

The list that results from your search is a table with information about the relevant documents and links to each document's Information and full text. The relevancy is based on author's name and the title.