Search on Check: A How-To

By: Noha Daoud

Check’s search feature lets you find content floating around your site. It searches for report content, report titles and notes. Right now, search doesn’t auto-refresh, so you’ll just need to make sure you’re refreshing content to see the latest stuff.

How to Search

To start a search, go to the search icon on the top right corner of the page and click it.. This will take you to the search screen. It has a few important features:

  • The Search Bar: Type in any keyword here. We’ll teach you a few power tricks soon, but this is a good starting point.
  • Status: Find your team’s verification statuses here. Select one or many to include them in your search.
  • Project: Filter by the different projects active in your team. Select one or many.
  • Sort: You can sort by when the reports were created or when they last were updated in Check.
  • Show: You can either choose to show both media and sources, media only or sources only. Default selection is media only.

The same filters are also showing on the top of project page.

This is how the search page looks like:

Search on Check

Power Searching

Here are a few tips for more powerful searches:

  • Use OR AND and NOT to distinguish content results:
  • WordA OR WordB: shows results that contain either word A or word B or both
  • WordA AND WordB: shows results that contain word A and word B
  • WordsA NOT WordB: shows results that contain word A but not word B
  • Use ? and * to capture fragments of content. The ? replaces a single character, and the * replaces 0 to many characters. For example:
  • vot* will show results like “vote”, “voting”, and “voter”
  • vot? will show results like “vote” and “vota”
  • Use ~ to search in a “fuzzy” way, so words that are like what you’ve typed in. For example:
  • pol~ will show results like “poll” and sometimes common misspellings like “pole”
  • You can even define an edit distance, like poll~1, which said to be enough to capture 80% of common human misspellings
  • Search “in quotes” to indicate exact phrase matches

For more power features, check out the Elastic Search query documentation. Not all of these are fully supported, but it’s a good place to start if you really want to dig in.

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