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There are two search locations, which do I use?
I have an AILA Document Number, how do I find the document?
What is an AILA Document Number?
Is the search case-sensitive?
How do I search for a document with a specific date?
What are filters for Types?
What are filters for Featured Topics?
I run this search a lot, can I save it?
Can I modify my search results without starting over?

There are two search locations, which do I use?

InfoNet has both a Banner Search, which is the empty box at the upper right of every page, and the Advanced Search page, which is linked next to the empty box. Both locations are the exact same search. However, the Advanced Search allows you to add filters to your search terms for date, document type and to search within a Featured Topic.
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I have an AILA Document Number, how do I find the document?

To find a document with its AILA Document Number, type the number into either the banner search box located in the black bar on the upper right of every InfoNet page or in the search terms box on the Advanced Search page.

Tip: Enter only the number and not the citation. Good: 08111360 Bad: AILA Doc. No. 08111360
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What is an AILA Document Number?

An AILA InfoNet document number is a unique identifier assigned to each document posted on InfoNet. It is always eight digits long, with the first six digits corresponding to the year, month, and day that the document was first posted to the website.

Where will I find the document number? AILA InfoNet documents are tagged with the document number in several places:

  • It is listed at the end of the abstract for a document as "AILA Doc. No. XXXXXXXX"
  • On text pages, you will find the document number under the title of the document, listed as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. XXXXXXXX"
  • On pdf documents, you will find the document number listed in the footer of the page as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. XXXXXXXX"

Why are document numbers important? Many secondary sources cite to AILA document numbers. By plugging the eight digits into the search box on InfoNet, you will be able to bring up that document.

Note: The document number is NOT the number that displays in the url for a page. This is only a database record number and is not related to the document number.
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Is the search case-sensitive?

No, the search is not case-sensitive.
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How do I search for a document with a specific date?

To restrict your search by a set of dates, enter the date range in MM/DD/YYYY format in the two boxes on the Advanced Search page. Please note that the document date is the date it was posted to InfoNet, not the date of the document. Most items on InfoNet are posted within 48 hours of the document being released, however some items, especially memos, may not be posted for several weeks or months after it was issued.
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What are filters for Types?

The Type filter allows you to restrict your search results to a specified type of document. This can greatly narrow down your search when you know you're looking for just one item such as a Memo or Liaison Activity. You may select as many types as you like. Click the box next to the listed Type on the Advanced Search page to select it.
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What are filters for Featured Topics?

Featured Topics are the area on InfoNet where AILA has pulled together all the documents relating to a specific topic in immigration. From the Featured Topics page (located in the left-hand navigation) you can see all the documents within a Featured Topic. The Advanced Search now offers filters to allow you to search within one of those sections. Simply check off the Featured Topic you wish to search within and enter your search terms in the box at the top.
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I run this search a lot, can I save it?

InfoNet allows you to easily save searches that you wish to run again. On the "Search Results" page you will see a link near the top that says "Save This Search." Click the link and on the next screen enter a name for your search and then click "Save Search." Your saved search will then appear on the lower left of the "Advanced Search" page. To run the search again, click the red "play" button.
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Can I modify my search results without starting over?

After you get your results, you can then use the Refine Search box to search within the results to further narrow your search. If you wish to adjust the filters on your search click the "Edit Search" link. This will take you back to the Advanced Search page with all your previous selections still checked.
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