The (Relativity) Search Begins - Key Word Searching

My first go-to method of searching when I am looking for something in a Relativity database is using the keyword search.  Keyword search (or SQL index search) is Relativity's default search engine. You can use a keyword search to query a full text index. The long text and fixed-length text fields included in this index vary by workspace.  Basically, you can make your searches as easy or as complex as you want.  

The keyword search bar is pretty easy to locate.  


You can start by entering a word you want to find:

In this example, I am looking for the word "gas".  I type the word in my search bar and click on the search button.

The search will return with the number of documents where the keyword appears in your database:

You can use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) in keyword searches, as well as quotation marks for exact matches, asterisks (*) for wildcards, and other features. However, if you perform a keyword search with multiple terms, documents where those terms exist in separate fields won't return.

If you want to search for gas AND power:

When your search results are returned and click on a document in the results, you will see the keywords:

As I wrote earlier, you can make your keyword search as complex and detailed as you need it to be.  

If you want to know more about using the keyword search function in Relativity, go to:

While keyword searches are good for looking for key words in your database, you also don't want to rely on this for larger databases.  You may want to branch out to other types of searches which can be performed in Relativity.  For more, go to for more information on different searches.

Also, if you need assistance with searching in Relativity, reach out to your litigation technology specialist to help you.


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