In this article:

  • How LawVu's search works

  • How to search for whole words or phrases

  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)

  • Precedence operator

  • Search weighting

When a user searches in LawVu they're effectively searching across their own content in LawVu. Search results will not be returned for data they don't have permission to access.

The global search function works in two different ways - Basic search and File content search. The basic search will find values entered in the search field against matter, contract and file names.

File content search, along with the above-mentioned results, will also search for contents of files, emails and their attachments, and conversations.

How LawVu's standard search works

Our standard way of searching is using something called a 'Partial Search'. This means that we search for groups of letters rather than whole words. 

Example 1

Let's say you search for: lease

Then our search will return any instances where it finds the letters 'lease' together - here are some examples:

  • Lease for 123 any-street

  • Plan for catch and release fishery

Example 2

But what happens if you search TWO words like this: lease agreement
At this point - LawVu will change its search behaviour and look for the words 'lease' OR the word 'agreement'.
The partial search will not work at this time.

Here are some examples of search results:

  • Lease and agreement for property development

  • Lease for 123 any-street

  • Standard Separation agreement

But this result would NOT be returned

  • Plan for catch and release fishery

How to search whole words or phrases.

If you wanted to search for a single WORD (not a partial search) then you would need to put that single word in quotation marks- like this: "lease"

This would return:

  • Lease and agreement for property development

  • Lease for 123 any-street

But this result would NOT be returned

  • Plan for catch and release fishery

Likewise, to search for a phrase you need to surround the phrase in quotation marks:
Let's try searching for the phrase: "lease agreement"

This time the search will only return:

  • Lease agreement for 123 any-street

It would not return:

  • Lease and agreement for property development

  • Lease for 123 any-street

  • Standard Separation agreement

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)

You can embed operators in a search query to build a rich set of criteria against which matching documents are found.

AND operator

 For example, wifi AND luxury will search for results containing both wifi and luxury.

OR operator 

 For example, wifi OR luxury will search for results containing either wifi or luxury or both.

NOT operator 

For example, wifi NOT luxury will search for results that have the wifi term and/or do not have luxury.

Weighting

While the LawVu search function does search the body of your files, it is heavily weighted in favour of the name of the matter or contract. The more exact you have the title of a matter or contract, the higher up the results it will feature.

The following weighting schema is in force:

Matters

- Name + 5, Tags +1

Contracts

- Name + 5

Files

- FileName + 5, Tags +1

Message

- Subject + 5

Article

- Title + 5, Subtitle + 2

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