The Quick and Unusually Easy Repository Search computer program simplifies the search for information contained in a repository of documents at Marshall Space Flight Center. Searching for information on the basis of general subjects can be very time-consuming and frustrating: The repository at Marshall provides an electronic version of an index of documents related to the requester's topic of interest. This index could contain hundreds or even thousands of document titles, index numbers, and NASA contract numbers.

For a researcher equipped with a desktop computer, QUERYS provides the capability to formulate relevant search criteria, reducing the amount of time usually spent narrowing a general subject down to a specific document number. QUERYS converts the repository index into either a Microsoft Access or a Microsoft Excel document. One can then use the robust searching, sorting, and filtering tools of the Microsoft Office software to search through a myriad of document titles to find the documents of interest. Alternatively, one can use Microsoft Word, but its search capability is limited to simple text strings; that is, it does not accommodate filters, sorts, and complex queries. Once a document of interest has been identified by use of QUERYS, one can request a paper copy from the repository.

Written in Microsoft Access Basic and shipped on a 3.5-in. (8.89-cm), 1.44MB MS-DOS diskette, QUERYS can be loaded into any IBM-PC-compatible computer that runs the Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 operating system.

This work was done by Michael Neighbors of Sverdrup Technology, Inc., for Marshall Space Flight Center. For further information, access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.techbriefs.com under the Computer Software category, or circle no. 120on the TSP Order Card in this issue to receive a copy by mail ($5 charge). MFS-31217


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This article first appeared in the April, 1998 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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