UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT

DISTRICT OF OREGON


April 16, 2014
Portland
1001 SW 5th Ave #700
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 326-1500
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Exterior of Eugene Bankruptcy Court location: click for map
Eugene
405 E 8th Ave #2600
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 431-4000
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Search Techniques:

    1.     If you wish to search using special characters such as parentheses you must either use spaces where the special character is expected or do a literal search (i.e., if searching for 362(c) use either 362 c or "362(C)").

    2.    A literal search requires use of double quotes around the word(s). Otherwise all derivatives of the word found in the document set will return results (see below).

    3.     Multiple word searches are literal, as opposed to assuming "and" between the words (i.e., motion for relief will only find documents with the phrase "motion for relief", not instances of the words motion, for, and relief). Please note there is a 25 character restriction on the length of a multiple word search.

    4.     You can enter either a single word or a comma delimited string (e.g., relief, avoid, stay) with optional wildcard characters to search for any occurrence of the word(s) in the document set. Comma delimited strings are treated as an "or" meaning the words are searched individually and results are displayed for any occurrence of the individual words.

    5.     By default, unless a literal search is used, the search engine will return all words derived from the common word used (e.g., search for instructional will return files that contain instruct, instructs, instructions, and so on). However, this does not work for word fragments. A search for instrument returns files that contain instrument, instruments, instrumental, and instrumentation, whereas a search for "instru" does not. A wildcard search for instru* returns documents with these words, and also those with instruct, instructional, and so on.

    6.     Wild card characters are accepted in search terms. See below for examples.

Wildcard Description Example Search Results
? Matches any single alphanumeric character. apple? apples, applet
* Matches zero or more alphanumeric characters. Avoid using the asterisk as the first character in a search string. An asterisk is ignored in a search that also uses [ ] or { }. app*ed appleseed, applied, appropriated
[ ] Matches any one of the characters in the brackets. Square brackets indicate an implied OR. sl[iau]m slim, slam, or slum
{ } Matches any one of a set of patterns separated by a comma. hoist{s,ing,ed} hoists, hoisting, hoisted
 ^ Matches any character not in the set. sl[^ia]m slum, but not slim or slam
 - Specifies a range for a single character in a set. c[a-r]t cat, cot, but not cut (that is, every word beginning with c, ending with t, and containing any single letter from a to r)

    7.     All searches are forced to not be case sensitive, thus you'll receive all possible matches regardless of whether they match the case (upper, lower, or mixed) of the search term.

    8.     Certain words (e.g., and, or, not) are operators within the search engine. Operators are read and implemented from left to right. The "and" operator takes precedent over "or". Terms enclosed in parentheses are evaluated first when nested. To search for a literal use of a word that is an operator (e.g., "and") enclose the word in double-quotation marks. The following are some examples of operator use and results.

Search Term Returns Files That Contain
motion and order both motion and order
motion “and” order the phase motion and order
“motion and order” the phase motion and order
relief or motion and order relief, or the combination of motion and order
relief or (motion and order) the combination of motion and order, or relief
(relief or motion) and order either relief or motion, and order
relief or motion not order either relief or motion, but not order
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