Search Help

General Search Information

The default boolean operator for multiple term searches is AND. When an AND search returns no results, an OR search will automatically be performed on the entered terms.

The search algorithm searches only for literal matches of terms entered into the search box. It does not employ fuzzy searching or allow the use of wild card, truncation or stemming operators. For example:

A search for move will only return results that match move exactly. It will not not return movement or movers.

A search for administrat? will only search for that literal term. it will not return administrator or administration.

Search Results

A successful search returns a list of chapter subsections that contain the matching terms and an excerpt that places the terms in context.  The matching search terms are highlighted in yellow. The search terms remain highlighted after clicking open a selected chapter subsection.

In subsections where the matching terms are found only in footnotes, the excerpt is the first thirty words of the subsection.  The matching terms are highlighted after clicking open a selected chapter subsection.

Please note that while the search algorithm does not employ fuzzy searching, the highlighting algorithm does. A search for stat will only return chapter subsections that match that exact term. However, all instances of stat (e.g. state, status, statute) in the excerpt and on the subsection page will be highlighted.

Search Tips

Search for statutes by chapter/section/paragraph number only:

Search 14.14 rather than Minn. Stat. § 14.14.

Search for Minnesota Rules by rule number only. Don’t include “Minn. R.”:

Search 1400.2060 rather than Minn. R. 1400.2060, subp. 1 (2013).

Search for court cases by named parties rather than citation. Omit “v.” and other abbreviations:

Search Humenansky Medical rather than Humenansky v. Minn. Bd. of Medical Exam’rs or 525 N.W.2d 559, 566 (Minn. Ct. App. 1994).