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User Instructions

Browser Compatibility: NABPLAW Online is best accessed on the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Netscape browsers.

Searching NABPLAW Online

NABPLAW Online can display different sets of frames, or windows, to view the Table of Contents (TOC) and also the Documents, the Search Results List (Hit List) or the Search Forms, either individually or in combination. Regardless of the frame selected, a series of frame set selection tabs is always located along the top of the browser window.

The NABPLAW opening screen is in “Document” display. You will see the Table of Contents frame on the left, the Document frame (containing the NABPLAW text) on the right, and the frame set selection tabs above both. To perform a simple search, use the Search Field (located on the top left-hand side of the top or banner frame). Simply type the word(s) you wish to find and click the “Go” button. The Search Results which display are ranked by relevancy (the most relevant hits appear at the top of the Search Results List).

Tab Name What Frames the Tab Displays


Text of the particular document highlighted in the TOC


Hit List, after having executed a search


Combination of the Document and Results frames

Expert and Advanced Search

A Search Form to help narrow the scope of your search

Hint: To resize any of the panes in a given frame, move the cursor to the dividing line between the panes. Click and drag the pane to the desired size.

The Search Form tab helps you narrow the scope of your search to more quickly locate the information you want. You do not need to use Boolean syntax with the Advanced Search section. The purpose of each search box is described on the Advanced Search section. The Expert Search section is designed for power-users who want to use Boolean syntax. For either the Advanced or Expert Search section, you can limit the scope of your search by checking the boxes next to the relevant TOC entries in the left frame. Advanced Search results are ranked by relevancy order. Expert Search results display in order of the hit documents appearance (eg, alphabetical order by state) in the NABPLAW TOC.

The Results Tab displays relevant information in columns. The first column is a listing of the number of the hit. The second column lists the Document Title of the item, exactly as it appears in the TOC. The Document Title is the link to the desired document.

The “Document Excerpts” drop down field offers you the option to see in the Hit List your hit words or terms in their original context, by displaying words around the hit. You may select “Short,” “Medium,” or “Long” to display varying numbers of words around the hit.

When you click on the Title of a particular document, that document shows up in the frame on the right; if you are in the Doc/Results Tab that document shows up on the top. Hits are highlighted in blue. You can navigate within and between documents using the following buttons at the top of the Document frame: PrevDoc, NextDoc, PrevMatch, NextMatch, PrevHitDoc, or NextHitDoc. All buttons at the top of the Document frame provide help, which further describes the purpose of the button. Place the cursor onto any button and its description will appear. An explanation of all the buttons at the top of the document frame is in the table below.


Prev Doc

Navigates to the previous document, according to the order of the TOC

Next Doc

Navigates to the next document, according to the order of the TOC

Prev Match

Navigates to the previous location within the current document of the keyword(s) used in a search

Next Match

Navigates to the next location within the current document of the keyword(s) used in a search

Prev Hit Doc

Navigates to the previous document that contains the searched keyword(s)

Next Hit Doc

Navigates to the next document that contains the searched keyword(s)

Clear Highlights

Clears the highlighted keyword(s) when viewing a Hit document


Shows the complete TOC path of the document

Tag Doc

Tags document

Open Tags

Will download and will open as a Word document

Clear Tags

Clears all tagged documents


Creates a bookmark for your browser


Prints the document


Managing Saved Searches

You may opt to save your searches. Scroll to the bottom of the Results Tab. You will see a text box with a “Save” button next to it, and a “Managed Saved Searches” link. Choose a name for the search and click the save button. At that point, a drop down text box titled “Choose saved search” appears next to the “Tag Document” button at the top of the site. To revisit saved searches, select the search from the drop down box. To manage saved searches, click on the “Managed Saved Searches” link, and a pop-up window will appear with options to rename, delete a saved search, or delete all saved searches.

NABPLAW Table of Contents

The NABPLAW TOC alternatively allows navigation to a particular document. The "Java" TOC is the default. Using the Java TOC in the frame on the left, you can click on the small plus sign to see all TOC entries below. Clicking on the small minus sign collapses those lower entries.

When you are using the Document Tab, and when you have identified in the TOC the particular document you wish to review, clicking on the document name in the TOC will display that document in the frame on the right.

Printing a Section of NABPLAW

NABPLAW is dependent on your browser’s printing capability. To determine your print options, select “File,” then “Print” from your browser's menu bar. To print only the text in the document frame (without printing any other frames), click on the “Print” button located at the top of the document frame, below the Tabs. Clicking on the “Print” button will bring up the standard browser print dialogue. Click “OK" on the standard browser print dialogue, and only the document frame will print.


Sections of interest may be tagged using the “Tag Document” button. This tagging tool permits users to identify and save non-sequential sections of NABPLAW as a newly created Word document. Subsequently tagged sections are added to the same Word document. After all sections of interest are tagged, the user may then click on the "Open Tagged Documents" to view or download the final document. Users must use the "Clear Tagged Document" button prior to a new tagged document being created.


If you have further questions about this site, please contact NABP Customer Service via e-mail at or via phone at 847/391-4406.