Literature Library Help

How to Find Documents in Literature Library

You can find documents three different ways:

  • search using specific keywords
  • filter by specific categories
  • combine searching and filtering

Tip: all results pages default to displaying results in order of search algorithm relevance. You can change the sort order by clicking the icon labeled Sort at the top of the results. Click Date: Newest to display documents that have been published most recently first. Click Date: Oldest to display documents that were published earliest first.

Tip: if you are looking for information about a range of products, look for the General Information category in most filters. This category includes content that is broadly applicable within a specific domain, such as the product category Connection systems.

Search by Using Specific Keywords

Literature Library Search Field

You can search for documents that include specific keywords, such as “RFID,” or phrases, such as “explosion-proof.” Use the search box on the Literature Library home page or the keyword field on the results page to search with keywords.

Literature Library Keyword Filter

The keyword you searched for is displayed at the top of the filter box on the results page. You can add more keywords to your search, or use the filters to narrow your results. To remove a keyword from your search after it has been applied, click on the keyword.

Search for Specific Documents

To search for a specific document, enter the document’s publication identifier in the search box. The publication number is a unique mix of numbers and letters usually found on the back page of the document.

Sometimes a document is identified by more than one publication identifier due to the unique numbering system used in our manufacturing plants. Searching for any of these identifiers will return the document.

You can search for a specific document more efficiently if you ignore the version letter and the characters after it. In the most commonly used type of publication identifier, the version letter is always the sixth character after the first dash character.

Example: the document labeled 1747-PP001C-EN-P is at version C

We increment the version number whenever we update the document. For example, if we revise version C, the next version would become version D.

To ensure your search operation returns the best results, do not include the version designation or any characters after it in your search.

Example: you should search for 1747-PP001 to find the latest version of the document

Tip: sometimes there are multiple active versions of the document available. The search operation without the revision letter will return the most current version of the document, but any other active versions will also be accessible by clicking the additional information link for the record. Multiple document versions may be listed, but you can download only those versions that are active.

Tip: when you find the document you want, you can search within that document to find specific information. To search within a document, first click on the document name to open the document. Then right-click anywhere on the page, and click find on the pop-up. Type your search term in the box to search within the document.

Find Documents by Using Filters

You can search for documents using filters. Primary filter categories are products, services, industries, and solutions. Many documents are classified by more than one of these primary categories. For example, you can filter by products first, and then filter those results by industries.

Literature Library Search All

When you first click into a top-level category such as products, you’ll see all the documents in that category. The number of resulting files is typically too large to scan through. Use the filters on the right side to narrow your search. As you apply filters, each filter name is displayed at the top of the filter box so that you can see which filters are in effect. Remove any filter by clicking the filter name at the top of the filter box. Removing filters broadens your search.

Tip: to see all documents in Literature Library, use the search box on the Literature Library landing page. Highlight all, and click the red magnifying class icon. Do not type anything into the search box.

What is the Not Specified Value?

Documents are categorized in a number of different ways, including Product Category, Product Line, Product Family, Industry, Service, and Solution. However, not all categories apply to all documents. For example, If a document is primarily about a service offered by Rockwell Automation, that document will not have a Product Category value specified. It will be categorized as Not Specified in the Product Category filter. Remember that you can start your search from the Literature Library home page with Products, Industries, Services, or Solutions to narrow your search to those primary categories.

Find Documents with the Language Filter

Literature Library defaults to showing documents in all languages. If you want to search for documents in a specific language, use the filter labeled Language to select the correct language.

Find Documents That Contain Multiple Languages in One File

To find documents that contain content in multiple languages, select the language type Multi Lingual from the language filter. Multi Lingual documents generally contain English, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish content, or some combination of these languages.

Find Specific Phrases by Using Quotation Marks (“ “)

Use double quotes around a specific phrase you want to find within a document.

Example: searching for “layer 2 switch” finds all the documents containing the exact phrase layer 2 switch.

Find Multiple Words

Entering multiple words in the search field returns results that contain any of the words.

Example: searching for layer 2 switch finds all documents containing the terms layer, or 2, or switch.

Excluding Words from Your Search (-)

Including a minus sign immediately before a word indicates that you do not want documents that contain this word to appear in your results. The minus sign should appear immediately before the word and should be preceded with a space. If the minus sign is not preceded with a space, it is interpreted as a hyphen, which joins two words in a phrase.

Example: in Kinetix Safe-Off, the hyphen symbol is interpreted as connecting the words safe and off.

If you want to exclude documents that contain a specific word, you must use a space and the minus sign.

Example: Kinetix Safe-Off –software will search for the phrase Kinetix Safe-Off, but will exclude documents that include the word software. You can exclude as many words as you want by using the space and minus sign as many times as necessary.

Example: Kinetix Safe-Off –software –NEMA will search for the same phrase, but will exclude documents that include the words software and NEMA.

Note that you must include a keyword to search for before the word you want to exclude from your search. You cannot search for documents based only on keywords they do not contain.

Example: –software is a search term that would not return any values.

Wildcard Search with the * Symbol

You can search for keywords using the * symbol, also known as the wildcard symbol. You must include a minimum number of actual characters with the * symbol.

  • Include a sequence of at least two characters at the start of the keyword before the symbol:

    Example: Micro8* would find instances of the words Micro800, Micro810, Micro820, Micro830, and Micro850.

  • Include a sequence of at least two characters at the end of the keyword after the symbol:

    Example: *5800 would find instances of SoftLogix5800.

  • Include a sequence of least three characters in the middle of the keyword:

    Example: *train* would return instances of RSTrainer and training.