How to use TEPA
It is really easy to look up terms in TEPA:
  1. Choose vocabulary group(s) in the top left corner. By using the Ctrl key, you can choose more than one vocabulary group.
  2. Type the search word in the search field.
  3. Click the Find button or press the Enter key.
This search will go through all term fields. If the search term is found in TEPA, TEPA displays a terminological entry containing the term, its synonyms, equivalents in different languages, definition and notes complementing the definition under the search word.
In the left margin TEPA displays a list of near matches. In the list each word is a link: click a word to see its terminological entry.
The button after the name of a vocabulary is a link to further information about the structure of TEPA. This information is also available on the Key to entries page.
The vocabularies have been arranged into groups according to their source. The contents of the vocabulary groups are listed on the Content page and background information on various vocabularies is also available on this page (but only in Finnish or Swedish).
The size of text can be changed with the browser settings.
TEPA search features
There are several ways to look up terms in TEPA.
Type the search word
  • occupation to look up the term "occupation" and its equivalents, synonyms or other information
  • occupation* to get a list of all terms beginning with "occupation"
  • occupations to get a list of neighboring terms in the alphabetic index
TEPA's intelligent search features also include wild card searches. You can use the following wild cards:
  ?   =     any character (for example, if you enter ?- in the search field, the search returns 2- and 4-)
 *   =    any string (if you enter computer*, the search returns all terms that begin with computer)
 []   =    set of characters (if you enter [0-9]*, the search returns all terms that begin with a digit)
 [!]   =    negation (if you enter network*[!ing], the search returns all terms that begin with network but do not end in -ing)
 @   =    repeat previous at least once (if you enter M@, the search returns the terms M, MM and MMM)
 +   =    repeat previous (if you enter F+, the search returns the term FF)
 \   =    treat a wild card as a regular character (for example, if you enter [0-9]\+, the search returns terms such as 2+ and 4+ because the plus sign (+) is not treated as a wild card)
Wild cards can also be combined. The search word [0-9]@-de[ck]* will look up all words which begin with a digit followed by the letters dec or dek, for example 1-decene.
Using Advanced search
The Advanced command gives you a search form in which you can restrict your searches to specific fields. TEPA shows the matches returned by this command as a list in which you can see, besides the matching term itself, also an excerpt of the textual context where it is used. By clicking the term you can see the whole entry where the excerpt came from. In some browsers (at least in Firefox) the term record will be opened on to the original window instead of the top window.
You can sort the results of the Advanced search in several different ways:
  • In order of occurrence, i.e. the order in which the matching words occur in the vocabulary
  • By main headword of the whole article, in alphabetical order
  • By matching word in alphabetical order
  • By previous word, i.e. alphabetically by the word immediately preceding the matching word in its context
  • By following word, i.e. alphabetically by the word immediately following the matching word in its context
The Advanced search page contains more instructions on how to use it. Please note that your browser must allow pop-up windows to be able to display the Advanced search results.