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Help with searching this website

Basic Search

To enter a query into the Public Registry, go to the "Search button," type in a few descriptive words and hit the "enter" key (or click on the "Search" button) for your list of relevant results. The Search function searches only for pages that exactly match your search terms, so it can be helpful to try using different versions of your terms. For example, if a search for "recovery strategy" didn't turn up what you were looking for, try "recovery strategies" instead. You might also try rephrasing your query. For example, searches on "environmental conservation" and "conservation of the environment" return different sets of results.

Boolean Search

The Public Registry is a vast computer database. As such, its contents must be searched according to the rules of computer database searching, which are based on the principles of Boolean logic. Boolean logic refers to the logical relationship among search terms, and is best explained as a way to combine terms using operators such as "AND," "OR," "NOT" and sometimes "NEAR." AND requires that all search terms appear in a record. OR retrieves records with either of two terms. NOT excludes terms. Parentheses and brackets may be used to sequence operations and group words (always enclose terms joined by OR with parentheses or brackets). The question mark (?) may be used to replace single characters, and the star symbol (*) replaces multiple characters. The following table gives examples of Boolean search operators.

This table gives examples of Boolean search operators
Operator or scopeExamples
andone two
one & two
one and two
orme | you
me or you
not^him
not him
her^him
exclusive or (xor)apples~oranges
apples xor oranges
phrase"to be or not to be"
(to be or not to be)
single character wildcardwom?n
g??d?l
multiple character wildcardwork*
cl*mat*
ordered proximity"British Columbia"/10
(i.e., find words in typed order within
10 words of each other)
unordered proximity"The Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms"@7
(i.e., find words in any order within
7 words of each other)



Help with using the advanced search

The advanced search tool, allows you to search the Public Registry for both species and documents using a variety of combinations. This is helpful when your search criteria are difficult to formulate or when you would like your search to include certain information.

The species search includes parameters such as ranges, taxonomy group, and risk categories. For example, you could search for species at risk in Alberta, that are birds, and listed as endangered.

The document search includes parameters such as document type, status, and date published. For example, you could search for current regulations that were published between a certain time period.

Please note that in the event you do not find any search results, try broadening your search by using the select "All" parameter. If you do not select any search criteria, the search results will return all species and documents located in the Public Registry.


Help with searching Adobe PDF files

Most versions of Acrobat Reader allow you to search for text within a PDF document. The Find and Find Again icons are not enabled for versions that do not support text search.

  1. Open the PDF Document in your web browser (click on the link to the PDF Document).
  2. Click on the Find button at the top of your browser (the Find button is represented by a pair of binoculars and is located in the browser window).
  3. You will then be presented with a small find window. Type the term you wish to search for in the box provided then click on Find. To find other instances of the term, simply continue to click Find Again (the Find Again button is represented by a pair of binoculars with a small arrow).
  4. A successful search will show the items found by highlighting them in the document.

N.B. Truncation (wild card searching) is not supported in Adobe PDF documents, neither is stemming or Boolean searches.


Adobe PDF

Some documents on this website are provided in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To access these documents, you must first download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.