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Help and how to use our site

Navigating our site

There are various ways of finding the information you need on our website. You can use the:

  • navigation bar
  • search feature
  • breadcrumb trail

Navigation bar

The site is organised by the navigation bar located on the left side of the page. As you browse through the subject areas, the navigation bar will reman visible, allowing you instant access to other parts of the site. The area you are currently browsing will be highlighted in bold text.

The search feature

You'll find a search box at the top right of the page. To use the search feature, type the keyword(s) or phrase related to the information you want to find into the box and click on the 'Go' button.

You can narrow your search results by using the filters to the right of the page. Expand each filter by clicking on the group heading (displayed as a light blue box with dark blue text). Click on your selected filter; it will be marked with a red 'X'. To remove your selected filter, click on the filter title again.

You can filter your results by:

  • document type
  • panel / committee
  • year
  • month

The number in brackets to the right of the filter indicates the total number of documents within that filter generated by your search query. 'Scrutiny Transcripts (65)' means that there are 65 Scrutiny transcripts containing your search term.

Using the filters

To search for Scrutiny transcripts containing the term 'business plan' from March 2011, follow these steps:

  • type 'business plan' into the search box and click 'Go'. You will be directed to a search results page
  • on the 'By document type' filter, click 'Scrutiny Transcripts'. Your results will be narrowed down to Scrutiny transcripts only
  • click on the 'By year' filter to expand it. Click on '2011'. This will narrow your results down to Scrutiny transcripts, containing the term 'business plan', from 2011 only
  • click on the 'By month' filter to expand it. Click on 'March'. This will narrow your results down to Scrutiny transcripts, containing the term 'business plan', from March 2011 only

The breadcrumb trail

The breadcrumb trail is found below the Scrutiny Matters logo (in the page header) on each page of the site. The breadcrumb tells you where you are in the site and how you got there. A breadcrumb trail looks like this:
Home > About Scrutiny > What do we do?
Each section in the breadcrumb trail is also a link, so you can click on it to take you back to the previous level you visited.

Contact details and your feedback

How to contact us

Beneath the search box on the top right of the page, you'll find a link to the 'Contact us' page.

Making a submission

If you'd like to send us a topic proposal or submission, or comment on a current review, please use the form on the 'Get involved' page. This can be accessed by the navigator on the left of the screen.

Please fill in as many fields as you can, tick either the 'Yes' or 'No' button on the 'Is a reply required' field and click 'Submit'. The fields marked with a red star are mandatory, so you will not be able to submit the form until these are completed. The other fields are optional.

Bookmark our site

If you're a regular visitor to our site, you may find it useful to add us as a bookmark. Once you've bookmarked our site, you'll be able to access it quickly and easily every time you need to use it.

If you've bookmarked pages from our old site, these may no longer work and you'll need to add them again.