• A method of finding terms within data sets. Search types include Boolean connectors and special characters to define a search. Types include: natural language (simple words or phrases), Boolean operators, and searches introduced by special characters for wildcard, stemming, fuzzy, phonic, synonym, numeric range and variable weighting searches.  1
  • The ability to look within the data and search by a name, date or keyword to find desired information.  2 3
  • A database query.  4
  • The process of locating and identifying documents that are relevant. In information retrieval, the word usually refers to an active process where a user enters a query consisting of one or more terms. In response the information retrieval system or search engine returns a (typically ranked) set of documents that correspond to that query.  5


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  2. RenewData, Glossary (10/5/2005).
  3. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  4. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  5. Herb Roitblat, Search 2020: The Glossary.