Search Help

Typically, when you log in, ClassIT opens to the Search page. ClassIT searches through the full text of the NMFC content, just like a normal web search page.

Basic Search

To search the NMFC data:
  1. Go to the ClassIT Search page by clicking the Search tab near the top of the page. The ClassIT Search page contains a field labeled Find.
  2. In that field, enter the term or terms for which you want to search.
  3. If you entered multiple words, choose whether you want to look for items that contain Any Word that you entered, or items that contain Every Word that you entered.
  4. Press the Enter key or click Go. The lists below the Find field show all of the items that match your search.
  5. Click Clear to clear out the current search results.
Notes:
  • In your search you can use quotes to specify phrases, or use the wild-card character *, just like a normal web search.  You can also use the special word and with the special word or to specify combinations of keywords. See Search Assist and the Special Characters and Words Reference for more information.
  • If your search finds too many items, or if you are having trouble finding an item, look at Search Assist for additional help.

To search for an article by number:
Type the article number and click Go.

The ClassIT Search Page

ClassIT Search

Find Enter the word or words that you want to find in the catalog. If you want to find a particular item number, enter that number.
Go Once you have entered the search words, click Go.
Every Word When you choose Every Word and click Go, the results lists will show only catalog entries that contain every word you entered.

Example:
If you want to find the article for plastic windows, you want just the entries that contain both the word plastic and the word windows. (There are a very large number of things made out of plastic and there are a number of different kinds of windows, so Any Word would produce hundreds of results.)

  • Enter the two words, choose Every Word then click Go.
  • Three index items contain both the word plastic and the word windows.
  • Click on the index listing or article number to look at the item's details.

Example for Every Word

Any Word When you choose Any Word and click Go, the results list will show any catalog item that contains a word that you entered in the search.

Example:
If you want to find the article entry for some firefighting equipment that may be a sprinkler, or extinguisher, you should use Any Word.

  • Enter these two words, choose Any Word, then click Go.
  • Twenty seven atricles contain one or both of these words.
  • Click on the index listing or the article number to show the details.

Example for Any Word

plus Current NMFC Content If you want to search supplements, or public docket files, click the plus. This opens a list of options for what ClassIT will search through. The option you choose will be shown next to the plus. See Finding Supplements, Public Docket Files, and Older Entries for more details.

Search Result Lists

  • ClassIT lists each type of catalog entry on a separate tab. Each tab shows the number of matches to your search next to the category title.
  • Each list can show up to 25 entries on a page. To page through the list use the arrows below the tabs.
    • The right arrow Forward Arrow goes to the next page.
    • The left arrow Back Arrow goes to the previous page.
    • The double right arrow Double Forward Arrow goes to the last page.
    • The double left arrow Double Back Arrow goes to the first page.
  • See also the Search Results Example for an additional example.

Search Result Tabs


Categories (Tabs):
Index This list shows items in the Index to Articles which match your search. When you click on a listed item in the index you can then see the indexed article details.
Articles This list shows items from the Articles section of the NMFC which match your search. Typically, when you are looking for articles, you should look at the index list first (by clicking the Index tab). If you don't find the article you are looking for in that list, look in the Articles list (by clicking the Articles tab).
Rules Lists items in the Rules section of the NMFC which match your search.
Packages Lists items in the Specifications for Numbered Packages section of the NMFC which match your search.
Carriers Lists items in the Participating Carriers sections of the NMFC which match your search.
Dockets If you search through Dockets rather than the general NMFC content, the search shows all results in a single list titled Dockets. See Finding Supplements, Public Docket Files, and Older Entries.
Supplements If you search through Supplements rather than the general NMFC content, the search shows all results in a single list titled Supplements. See Finding Supplements, Public Docket Files, and Older Entries.

Finding Supplements, Public Docket Files, and Older Entries

  • To search through supplements, public docket files, or older catalog entries, click the plus. This opens a list of options. The currently chosen option is shown next to the plus.
  • Select the NMFC content you want to search through before clicking Go to run your search.

Other NMFC Content Choices

Other NMFC Content Choices


Options:
Current NMFC Content This is the complete, up-to-date catalog. Current NMFC content has all the latest changes incorporated into the catalog.
NMFC Content As Of This is the complete NMFC content on the date you specify. Type a date or click on the calendar icon and choose a date from the pop-up calendar.
Calendar
  • On the pop-up calendar, you can page back a month at a time by clicking the back arrow. You can page forward a month at a time by clicking the forward arrow. When you have located the date you want, click on it to select it.

  • Once you have selected a date, your search will return the NMFC items that were current on that date. Use this option in situations where someone shipped an item in the past and you need to verify the NMFC information that was current when the item shipped.

  • Click on the Clear button to reset your selection.
NMFC Supplement Choose All Supplements or choose a particular supplement from the drop-down list under the NMFC Supplement choice.
This option and the NMFC Supplement Date range option are useful when you want to find out when a particular NMFC change was published in a supplement.
NMFC Supplement Date Range Enter the earliest date in the range in the field marked From. Enter the latest date in the range in the field marked To. (You can type the dates or click the calendar icon and choose the dates from the pop-up calendar.) Your search will then return results from any supplements issued between the dates you chose.
CCSB Public Docket Files Choose All CCSB Public Docket Files or choose a particular docket from the drop-down list.

Search Result Items and Details


  • Each list shows the group title and the first part of the catalog entry on the left and shows the item number on the right. To switch between lists, click on one of the tabs above the lists. (The Current NMFC Content lists are: Index, Articles, Rules, Packages, and Carriers.) If there are more than 25 items on a list, you can use the arrows below the tabs to page through the list.

  • When you move your mouse cursor over an item in the list, if you have Preview Window enabled on your User Preferences, a small preview of the item details will open.

Articles Search Results List


  • To show entry details, click on the entry text or item number. This opens the page view for the details to the right. (If your browser window is very narrow, the page view details open below the list, instead of to the right).

Catalog Item Details

  • The page view shows the currently selected item highlighted with yellow. The other items on the same "page" are shown above and below the selected item. The number for each article is shown to the left of the details when the articles are shown in the page view. The class of the article is shown to the right of the details.
To print the page Scroll to the top of the page details and click Print.
To page through the catalog Scroll to the top of the page details and use the arrows to page forward or back.

  • All links in the page view are shown with colored text, but are not underlined.
To get a print view of a single item
  1. Click on the item number (to the left in the page view). This opens the preview view in a separate window.
  2. Click Print (in the upper right corner of the window). This prints out the item details.
To email the summary of a single item
  1. Click on the item number (to the left in the page view). This opens the preview view in a separate window.
  2. Click Email (in the upper right corner of the window). This open another screen where you can specify a single recipient.
  3. Click Send . This will email the recipient a PDF of the item summary.
To view the rules for article classification

Click the item/rule number (to the right in the page view). This opens the appropriate rule item in a print view.