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Fundamental Organization Question

Question asked by MichaelMeints on Apr 13, 2012
Latest reply on Apr 13, 2012 by philmodjunk


Fundamental Organization Question


I apologize if this could have been easily found by search, but I wasn't able to find anything.

I am very new to Filemaker (a relational database software in general), and I have been tasked with creating a system that organizes certain paragraphs by document type, paragraph type, and tags that have info on what the paragraph specifically contains.  I would like to set up a system where I can search by either paragraph type or tag and have all of the paragraphs  that contain the search terms returned.  Right now, I am at such a low level that I can't even accomplish that.

As an example, say I wanted to search for "intro." What would be the best way to set up the fields on the display in order to return all of the paragraphs that have been labeled "intro?"  Is it possible to set up a type of advanced search in order to limit the search by tag, paragraph type, or document type?  Right now, I am struggling to return more than one. (Again, very low level here and I feel like I am banging my head against a wall.)

Any help is appreciated.

Edit 1: Thank you PhilModJunk for the reply.  Right now I have each paragraph as a field, with related fields for the name of the paragraph, the related tags of the paragraph, and the document that the paragraph came from.

So, I have an entire paragraph as one field, then another related field naming it "example," then another field with a tag like "intro question." If I have many paragraphs named "example," but many others that may contain the word exampe, how would I set up a search box to find paragraphs named "example" as opposed to having the search function find every instance of example in all of the records? Is the search function built into filemaker the only way?