Directory Search Help


First, choose what category of information you wish to search for in the Find select box.

Next, add the criteria for your search. The following tables explain the meanings of the various drop-down select boxes used to form search criteria:

A criteria line is of the form:

<Boolean Operator> <Search Field> <Search Method> <Search Text>

where the Boolean Operator is only used when specifying more than one criterion.

Search Fields


Field Name Description Supported Search
Methods
Full Name Performs a search based on a Full Name (e.g., Todd Pickett or Robert Johnson). All
Preferred Name Performs a search based on a Preferred Name or "Nickname". If a person's name is Robert Johnson, for example, they may prefer to go by Bob Johnson. If Michigan Tech knows about this preferred name, then you will be able to find them as Bob. All
First Name Performs a search based on First Name only (e.g., Todd). All
Last Name Performs a search based on Last Name only (e.g., Pickett). All
Email Performs a search based on Email Address (e.g., tpickett@mtu.edu). All, except sounds like
Home Town Performs a search based on a person's Home Town, if available (e.g., Somecity, SomeState). All, except sounds like
Telephone Number Performs a search based on a Telephone Number. All, except sounds like
Userid Performs a search based on a Userid. is
is not

Search Methods


Method Name Description
contains Results for the search field must contain the specified search text.
is Results for the search field must match exactly the specified search text.
is not Results for the search field must not match exactly the specified search text.
starts with Results for the search field must begin with the specified search text.
ends with Results for the search field must end with the specified search text.
sounds like Results for the search field must "sound like" the specified search text. For example, "Tim" may sound like "Tom" or "Tammy". This is a good option when you don't know how to spell a name.

Examples


Search Question Criteria Lines for Search Notes
What is the phone number of Todd User and Jill User?
  Full Name is Todd User
or Full Name is Jill User
It may be confusing to see that the or operator was used here instead of and. However, thinking about it logically, if and was used we would be saying, I would like information about someone whose Full Name is Todd User and whose Full Name is Jill User. Obviously, a person doesn't have two (2) different names so we must really want to say, I would like information about someone whose Full Name is Todd User or whose Full Name is Jill User.
I would like information about someone who I know has a first name that starts with Ja and whose last name has ou in it.
  First Name starts with Ja
and Last Name contains ou
This may return many results, from which you will have to find the person you are looking for as this will probably find some Jack's, Jamie's, Jane's, etc., but only if their last name has an ou in it (Plouse, Youth, Ouseman, etc.).

Search Results Page


This page will contain a list of the entries that match your search criteria. If an email address is found, it will be displayed in such way that clicking on it will bring up an email message composition window from which you can send an email message (provided your client is set up to do this).

If something other than an email address is found and appears to be a link, clicking on it will, most likely, bring up additional information about that entry.