Easier, More Comprehensive Search Available on NRC Website

Ever since the NRC introduced the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), the improvement most often requested has been the ability to easily search everything that’s publicly available from one simple search string.

We heard you. And now you can retrieve documents, news, and other information from the NRC’s entire public web site, including the documents in ADAMS, with a single search. Providing this simplified search is one of many things we are doing as part of our Open Government Plan to increase transparency, participation, and collaboration.

To use this new search capability, you simply enter one or more words in the “Google Custom Search” box located in the upper-right corner of each NRC Web page, and click the Search button.

Your search results will include not just Web pages but also relevant documents in the large collection of more than 665,000 publicly available ADAMS documents. Also included in the search are more than 2 million bibliographic citations (some with abstracts and full text) from the older Public Legacy Library collection. Search Help is located at the top of your NRC Search Results page to help you search effectively.

In addition, the NRC has also introduced new versions of both the simple and advanced search options dedicated solely to ADAMS documents. Particularly valuable for advanced searching, the new ADAMS search tool lets you refine your search selections to include or omit ADAMS documents containing specific words or phrases or matching specific properties (author, document type, docket/license number, date ranges, etc.).

If you have questions about any of the new search features or you need help to develop an effective search, the reference librarians in our Public Document Room are available to assist.

We hope you find the new search capabilities easier to use and we welcome your feedback via comments to this post.

Margie Janney
Deputy Director, Information and Records Services Division

Author: Moderator

Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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