How to effectively search in GovTribe, and how to use filters and advanced syntax to fine-tune your search results
GovTribe offers advanced search capability throughout all of its data modules, allowing you to find the most relevant Opportunities, Awards, and more. You can fine-tune your research to your unique needs.
In this document, we will describe Search in the context of the Federal Contract Opportunities screen. However, the Search functionality works the same across all GovTribe modules.
At the top of all data screens, the GovTribe Search fields are displayed, allowing you to search for specific data relevant to your needs.
Keywords in the Search field can also be used to filter search results. Keywords can be any words relevant to your search, such as a title (or partial title), words related to your product or service, etc. You can type just one word, or a phrase.
Simply begin typing keywords in the text entry field provided. The system will display similar, relevant search terms, if applicable, which you can select if appropriate, or continue typing to define the keywords you want to use. Click Search to apply your keywords to the search results.
Use the Filter button in any Search bar to filter your search results by common criteria tracked in the GovTribe database, as shown in the following example.
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.
You can use the operators separately, or in combination, except for the Negative - operator. That must be used in combination with other keywords or phrases.
Example 1: Entering the following as a Federal Contract Opportunity Search:
"cyber security operations" -training
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: Entering the following as a Federal Contract Opportunity Search:
"cyber security" + (systems | training)
will return all contract opportunity records that contain the exact phrase "cyber security" and also contain either the word "systems" OR the word "training".