The Screens of the Stand-Alone Version





Note: You may want to customize the size of the windows. Just grab the line between the screens and move it to a different position. The same can be done with the fields at the top of the Results List.



How To Search


Search Line/ Box is the direct route to your information. Using the Search Line it is never necessary to specify a field for searching. It's a global search. Simply type in a word or collocation, and you will find it.


Searching from the Search Line


The name of the file containing the ARCS is called ARCS2011FINAL.ask. Open the file for your searches. Click in the Search Line or press ESC to move the cursor to the Search Line.Type the word or collocation for the search and press ENTER. Searches start from the beginning of the active file.


The Search Results Window will open at the bottom of the screen. The Documents containing the word or collocation you entered will be listed in the Search Results Window. The first retrieved Document will be displayed in the top portion of your screen.


The Search Line also contains two buttons that affect searches. The Case Sensitive button toggles the search from Case Sensitive to Non‑case Sensitive. If you enter "person" you will find 3.995 documents, and if you enter "Person" in Case Sensitive mode, you will find 670 documents. Note that the Fuzzy Search button turns on and off.


Entering multi‑word collocations that are not enclosed in square brackets (AltGr + 8 or AltGr + 9) results in a search for Documents containing all the requested words, but the words do not have to appear together as a collocation, i.e. any Document containing the word "expensive" and the word "business". This means that a Document containing the sentences, "she got on with her everyday business" and "athletics is getting more expensive" would be selected.


To Search for a collocation, i.e. two or more words,  from the Search Line, the collocation must be enclosed in square brackets !!![  ]


If you want to find only Documents where the collocation "expensive business" appears, this collocation must merely be enclosed in square brackets when entered in the Search Line. You get 1 hit.


When using the search commands in the Actions Menu, make sure you do NOT use any brackets.


If you want to find words that are semantically connected with your search word, you can go to the Search Results window and click on any line of your choice.


Using Boolean Operators as Commands in the Search Line


It is possible to conduct more than simple searches from  Search Line. More complex requests usually involve the use of  commands. For certain searches or lists, you may find it faster to enter the requests from the Search Line. To search for all documents containing Ireland or England, you can enter the following request in the Search Line: Ireland OR England. There will be 62 hits.The "OR" in the example above is a  command. If you want to find more commands you can also turn on the "Show Commands from Dialogs" option in the TOOLS OPTIONS Menu. This option activates a command message box that displays the commands to enter in the Search Line to perform the function of any  search. The message box is displayed after executing any command from the Actions Menu or when running a report.


Entering Field Names in the Search Line


If you enter a field name in the Search Line, the contents of that field will be output to a new window when you press ENTER. Don't forget the left square bracket (AltGr + 8) at the end of the field name!


For example, entering ARCS outputs a list of 33 documents with ARCS.

Editing the Search Line saves a list of the last items you entered in the Search Line. Click the arrow to the right of the Search Line to display the drop down list of the last entries. You can select any item in this list and Press ENTER to re‑execute the Request. Type any character to delete the Request. Press HOME, END, or an ARROW key to edit your Request. When the cursor is in the Search Line, pressing the UP and DOWN ARROW KEYS, displays the items previously entered in the Search Line. Pressing ALT+DOWN ARROW displays the drop down list of the last entries.



Some more examples


ENTER: charge                           You get 272 hits.


ENTER: charge AND n.              You get 131 hits.


ENTER: charge AND v.              You get 71 hits.


ENTER: charge AND adj.           You get 23 hits.


ENTER: charge AND adv.          You get 5 hits.


ENTER: [company tax rules]      You get 1 hit.


If you want to find a combination of two or more words,or a multi‑word collocation, enclose the words in square brackets.


ENTER: [company rules] OR [local tax]                                                           You get 3 hits.


ENTER: [company tax rules] OR [local tax] NOT [municipal tax]        You get 2 hits.


ENTER: usually IN EXAMPLES:[                                                          You get 14 hits.


There are some more sophisticated search functions through the ACTIONS menu, as shown above. Here you can choose the Boolean Operators AND, OR, and NOT. You have two boxes. one for entering the search word or collocation, another one for indicating the field.

Through options you can

a) find records where the field is empty,

b) find records where the field contains data,

c) execute a fuzzy search,

d) search in a multi‑line field, and

e) search for the first occurrence of field or all occurrences.

At the bottom of the screen, the Search Results Window lists all the records containing these words.


ENTER: cataloge as a fuzzy search. You get 45 hits.


ENTER (Box1):  sit

ENTER (Box 2): together You get: "we can sit together"; "it rained for days together';


ENTER (Box1): exams

ENTER (Box2): finally

If you click in the box of proximity in one sentence with proximity set to 5, you get 1 hit.

Thus you can use ARCS for concordancing as well.


ENTER: particular IN SYNONYMS:[ You get 23 hits.

Thus you can use ARCS as a dictionary of synonyms, too.


ENTER: Steuern You get 35 hits.

ENTER: Steuer*              You get 242 hits.


You can even mix English and German search words!


ENTER: person AND enthaltsam You get 1 hit, i.e. abstemious person.


Thus you can use ARCS as an English ‑ German and German ‑ English dictionary.



Web Searches


If you execute a search for the collocation "European Stability Mechanism" or "ESM", you may want to find an explanation of or article on this collocation as well.


Without leaving the ARCS,  you must first mark the collocation. Then you go to the top toolbar and click on Actions ‑> Web Search ‑> Wikipedia.

You can choose, too,, Lycos, Google, Windows Live, and Yahoo!





You can use the ARCS as a thesaurus as well. You enter a word or collocation in the Search Line with the command IN, e. g. ready IN SYNONYMS:[ (Please don't forget the left square bracket!) You will get 27 documents in which you can find synonyms of "ready".



German Collocations


The ARCS contains a very geat number of fixed English collocations and their German equivalents.Thus it is, as far as I know, the largest collection of German word combinations as well.  When you enter Erschöpfung* IN GERMAN:[ you will find "Erschöpfungszustand, Erschöpfungslücke, nervliche Erschöpfung/ Niedergeschlagenheit".