EDGAR Full Text Search Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Welcome to EDGAR Full Text Search!

These FAQs will help you use EDGAR Full Text Search effectively.

We are still developing EDGAR Full Text Search. We plan to enhance this service on the basis of user feedback. Please email your comments and suggestions for improvement to textsearch@sec.gov.

  1. What is EDGAR Full Text Search?
  2. How do I do a basic search on EDGAR Full Text Search?
  3. Is there an advanced search feature on EDGAR Full Text Search?
  4. Can I search by specific form type?
  5. Can I specify the number of results per page?
  6. Can I search by company name?
  7. Can I search by CIK?
  8. Can I limit my search results by date?
  9. What kinds of searches can I do on EDGAR Full Text Search?
  10. What is "natural language" searching?
  11. How do I search for an exact phrase, such as "management discussion and analysis"?
  12. I want to search for a proper name. Should I capitalize the name?
  13. I did a search and found a document I wanted to look at. I opened the document but I couldn't find the search term in the document. What do I do?
  14. How does Boolean searching work?
  15. How does the Boolean operator AND work?
  16. How does the Boolean operator OR work?
  17. How does the Boolean operator NOT work?
  18. What if I find a document that includes the terms I entered, but I want the terms to be closer together in the document?
  19. Is there a "wildcard" symbol that will allow me to search by the root of a word followed by one or more additional characters?
  20. Can I search for a number?
  21. How can I learn more about EDGAR form types?
  22. How can I find parent filings and filing exhibits?
  23. Why can I search the full text of only the last two years of EDGAR filings?
  24. How can I make suggestions for enhancements to EDGAR Full Text Search?
  25. I still need help. What do I do?

  1. What is EDGAR Full Text Search?
  2. EDGAR Full Text Search will allow you to search the full text of EDGAR filings from the last two years. The full text of a filing includes all data in the filing itself as well as all attachments (such as exhibits) to the filing.

    EDGAR Full Text Search uses a conceptual search engine to search and retrieve the information you need.

    top

  3. How do I do a basic search on EDGAR Full Text Search?
  4. Type your search in the "Search For Text" box and click the "Search" button.

    If you would like to enter a new search, click the "Reset" button and type your new search in the "Search For Text" box.

    When you receive your search results, click on the title of any document to view the full document.

    top

  5. Is there an advanced search feature on EDGAR Full Text Search?
  6. Yes, EDGAR Full Text Search provides an Advanced Search feature.

    To use this feature, click the "Advanced Search" link. Enter your search in the "Search For Text" box and select any optional features that you wish to use (see below for details). After you have entered information on the Advanced Search screen, click the "Search" button.

    When you receive your search results, click on the title of any document to view the full document.

    top

  7. Can I search by specific form type?
  8. Yes. Click the "Advanced Search" link. To limit your search to a specific form type, use the "In Form Type" pull-down menu to select a form type from the list provided.

    top

  9. Can I specify the number of results per page?
  10. Yes. Click the "Advanced Search" link. You may specify the number of search results (5, 10, 15, 20, 25) displayed on each page by using the "Results Per Page" pull-down menu and making your selection from the list.

    top

  11. Can I search by company name?
  12. Yes. Click the "Advanced Search" link. To search by company name, select the "Company Name" option and type the name of the company in the box.

    top

  13. Can I search by CIK?
  14. Yes. Click the "Advanced Search" link. To search by CIK, select the "Central Index Key (CIK)" option and type the CIK number in the box.

    top

  15. Can I limit my search results by date?
  16. Yes, you may search by date or by date range. First, select the "Advanced Search" link. Then:

    • To search for a single date, enter the same date in the "Start Date" and "End Date" boxes.
    • To search by date range, type the earlier date in the "Start Date" and the later date in the "End Date" boxes. Remember to type the date in the format shown, i.e., mm/dd/yyyy.
      REMINDER: EDGAR Full Text Search includes information for the last two years only.

    (You can also click on the calendar icons for the "Start Date" and "End Date" to access pop-up calendars that will allow you to select a date by clicking on it.)

    top

  17. What kinds of searches can I do on EDGAR Full Text Search?
  18. You can search EDGAR Full Text Search by using "natural language" or Boolean search operators.

    top

  19. What is "natural language" searching?
  20. Natural language searching allows you to search for a concept by using the language that you would use to express that concept to another person.

    Example: fluctuations in interest rates

    top

  21. How do I search for an exact phrase, such as "management discussion and analysis"?
  22. Enter the exact phrase in quotation marks.

    Example: "management discussion and analysis"

    The use of quotation marks will find documents containing the exact phrase "management discussion and analysis." The results set will not be limited only to that phrase, however, and may also include conceptually related phrases such as "managerial discussion & analysis."

    top

  23. I want to search for a proper name. Should I capitalize the name?
  24. Yes. Capitalizing the proper name will cause the search engine to increase the relevance ranking of the documents containing the name. When you sort your search results by relevance, these documents will appear closer to the top of your search results list.

    Example: Department of Energy

    top

  25. I did a search and found a document that I wanted to view. I opened the document, but I couldn't find the search term in the document. What do I do?
  26. Notes:

    • Because the search engine is a conceptual search engine, it may retrieve results that are conceptually related to your search terms.

      Also, if you did a wildcard search, the search engine may retrieve results that include words similar to your search terms.

      Example:
      You searched on ... The search retrieved documents that contained ...
      commun* community or communication or communal, etc.

    Finding your search terms:

    • If the document is in HTML (the usual web page format), or a text file, click CTRL+F (at the same time), then type your search term in the box, and click "Find Next."
    • If the document is in Adobe PDF format, click on the binocular icon, type your search term, and click "Find."
    • If you still cannot find your search term please e-mail us at textsearch@sec.gov for assistance.

    top

  27. How does Boolean searching work?
  28. Boolean searching allows you to narrow, broaden, or limit a search by connecting search terms with Boolean operators such as AND, OR, and NOT. All Boolean operators must be typed in uppercase letters.

    Example: AND, OR, NOT

    top

  29. How does the Boolean operator AND work?
  30. The Boolean operator AND narrows your search by telling Autonomy that all terms connected by the AND operator must be contained in a document (but not necessarily in the same sentence or paragraph). These terms can appear in any order in the document.

    Example: software AND hardware

    top

  31. How does the Boolean operator OR work?
  32. The Boolean operator OR broadens your search by locating a document containing any of the terms connected by the OR operator.

    Example: trucks OR cars

    top

  33. How does the Boolean operator NOT work?
  34. The Boolean operator NOT limits your search by locating documents that contain one term but not another term.

    Example: petroleum NOT gasoline

    This search will locate documents that contain the term "petroleum" but not the term "gasoline."

    top

  35. What if I find a document that includes the terms I entered, but I want the terms to be closer together in the document?
  36. You can use operator NEARn to locate documents that contain the terms you selected within "n" words, or fewer, of one another (where n is the number of words).

    Example: general NEAR1 motors

    top

  37. Is there a "wildcard" symbol that will allow me to search by the root of a word followed by one or more additional characters?
  38. The asterisk (*) is a wildcard symbol that searches for the root of a word followed by one or more characters.

    Example: communicat*

    This search will locate documents that contain terms such as communicate, communicates, communicated, communication, communications, and communicating.

    top

  39. Can I search for a number?
     
    No, within the content of a filing you can search for text but not numbers. Numbers included within your query will be dropped. You can, however, use the advanced search functions to limit searches to filings associated with certain special kinds of numbers, such as CIK numbers, dates, and filing types.
     
    Example: route 66 hotels This search will locate documents that contain words such as route and hotels, but will not locate anything associated with 66.
     
  40. top

  41. How can I learn more about EDGAR form types?
  42. For information about EDGAR form types, click on this link:
    http://www.sec.gov/info/edgar/forms/edgform.pdf

    top

  43. How can I find parent filings and filing exhibits?
  44. Links to "Parent Filing" and "Exhibits List" appear on the search results screen below each document summary, as appropriate.

    top

  45. Why can I search the full text of only the last two years of EDGAR filings?
  46. EDGAR Full Text Search includes the last two years of filings only. Decisions about expanding the range of filings available will be made on the basis of user feedback. Let us know what you think about EDGAR Full Text Search by e-mailing us at textsearch@sec.gov.

    top

  47. How can I make suggestions for enhancements to EDGAR Full Text Search?
  48. We welcome your feedback regarding EDGAR Full Text Search. Please send us your ideas and suggestions at textsearch@sec.gov.

  49. I still need help. What do I do?
  50. Send an e-mail to the textsearch@sec.gov mailbox, telling us what you're trying to find and how you've been searching for it.

    top