Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association
The simplest search is a one-word or an exact-match search. For example, if you were searching for Public Notices that had to do with an election, you could simply type the word "election" into the Search textbox. The results will list Public Notices, from all publications that contain the word "election", anywhere within the text. It should be noted that searches are never case-sensitive, so there is no need to be concerned whether or not it is most appropriate to use capital or lowercase letters.
Selection of a Popular Search from the drop-down menu will populate the Quick Search with key words needed to display those notices, and those key words are carried over to the Advanced Search box..
County and City lists identify where Massachusetts newspapers are published. Select one or more from those lists to display all notices from newspapers published in those jurisdictions. To filter notices from an unlisted city, type the city name in the Search box at top-left.
Searching phrases is one way to narrow the results shown. For example, let’s assume you only want to see results that contain a specific phrase containing the word election, such as 2010 General Election. In order to search for that specific phrase, you must check the EXACT PHRASE function and enter "2010 General Election" in the Search textbox.
Searching Multiple Words
Searches do not have to be simple keywords or complete phrases. You may search for the presence of multiple words, or even multiple phrases occurring in a Public Notice by using the ANY WORD function. In this example, we are trying to find notices that contain the number 2010, and the word election anywhere in the Public Notices.
The text entered in the Search textbox would be 2010 Election, select the ANY WORD function and click GO. This will give you all the Public Notices for every publication containing ANY of the words above.
If you select “All Words” or “Any Words,” you can use a plus symbol between words to create a phrase. For example, 157+North+Main+Street will bring up the phrase “157 North Main Street”. If you select “All Words” and add the search term “environmental 157+North+Main+Street”, the results will show notices containing both the word “environmental” AND the phrase “157 North Main Street”.
Another helpful tip in searching is using the EXCLUDING function. For example, if you want to search for the words "Grace Period" but you already know you do not want results about "SB 2925" then you can do a search similar to this: "Grace Period" EXCLUDING "SB 2925", this can be useful in weeding out results that you know you do not want to see.
Refine by Publication
It may be helpful for you to search for Public Notices originated by only one or a select few publications within a certain county or city narrowing your results even further. This may be accomplished by simply selecting the individual publication(s), county(s) or city(s) in the lists to narrow your Public Notice results.
Refine by Date
To narrow your search results by the corresponding publication date, simply refine your search by selecting one the following options: In the last X Days (X=Number of days before today’s date), OR past Y weeks (Y=Number of weeks before today’s date), OR Z months (Z=number of months before today’s date). To specify an exact date of publication for your notices, or a simple date range click the DATE RANGE function and select your corresponding dates.