You do not need to learn the search query language that backs the keyword searching available on GovTribe in order to do simple keyword searching. On any search page where keyword searching is available, you can simply type in any word or phrase and hit Enter. That search will be, by default, an AND search. That is, there is an assumed "AND" operator between any of the search terms, but it will not be an exact phrase match search.

For example, let's say you enter the following into the search bar on Federal Contract Opportunity Search:

That search will return any federal contract opportunity records that contain all of the terms "cyber" AND "security" AND "operations". However, the terms do not necessarily need to be in that order, and they don't have to be adjacent. It also allows for common variants of the words. I.e. it "securities" will match sufficiently against "security", as will "operation" against "operations".

For the vast majority of searches, this will likely suffice. However, there are a number of operators available to further refine (or expand) your search.

Available Operators

  • +  A plus sign signifies an AND operation.
  • |   A pipe signifies an OR operation.
  • -   A minus sign signifies a NOT with regard to a single term.
  • "" Quotations can be used to require an exact phrase match.
  • ( ) Parentheses can be used to signify precedence or otherwise group operations.

You can use the operators separately, or in combination. You can even construct long, complex, multiple keyword operations. The below examples demonstrate how to deploy these operators.

Example 1

If performed at Federal Contract Opportunity Search the above query will return all contract opportunity records that contain the exact phrase "cyber security operations", EXCEPT those that also contain the word "training". 

The +- prior to the word "training" means that you want to see everything preceding AND NOT the term immediately following.

Example 2

If performed at Federal Contract Opportunity Search the above query will return all contract opportunity records that contain the exact phrase "cyber security" and also contain either the word "systems" OR the word "training".

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