Township of Lower Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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eCode360 offers an intelligent Search tool that allows you locate chapters, sections, keywords, phrases, and even section numbers within your Code.

Conducting a Basic Search


Entering a term in any search field will bring you to the Search Results page. Here you will see a snapshot of available content that matches your search term, including any new laws or public documents.

On the Results Page you can also:
  1. Filter Search Results: The types of content in eCode (Code, New Laws, Minutes, etc.) that contain your search term appear in the color-coded header above the search results listing. Select any of the content types listed in the header to limit your search results to selected types.
  2. Revise your search terms. If your original search term does not yield the desired results, simply click in the search box and type a new search term over the previous term. Then hit enter or click the magnifying glass to the right of the box. A new results page will then be displayed.
  3. Share search results: Click the wrench icon to print or email links to content from your search.
  4. Relevance: Click the arrow to change sort order from Relevance to Natural Order. Natural Order shows your results in the order they appear in the Code.
  5. View result in Code: Click on one or more of the results that were found to go to the specific section(s) within the Code.
  6. Show More: Clicking Show More at the bottom of a search result will reveal more of the Code content related to the selected search result.

Conducting an Advanced Search

The eCode360 search feature works well for simple queries, but it also has tools for sophisticated, specific searches. The information below can help you get started with advanced searching in eCode360:

Multicode Search

Logged in Municipal Users have the ability to search for a topic across multiple Codes in eCode360 at the same time. Click here to learn more about this functionality.

The General Code eCode Search™ app

The eCode Search™ app is designed to provide simple and convenient mobile access to General Code's eCode360 Library of over 2,000 municipal codes. Newly upgraded, the app delivers quick and easy 360 degree search capability, providing faster, more accurate results than ever before.

The app is available in the App Store® for iOS device users and Google Play for Android device users.

For assistance with the app, or if you have any additional questions, please contact our customer service team using any of the options listed on our support page.

Using the eCode Search™ app
Detailed instructions for using the app, including screen descriptions and additional advanced features, are provided below.

App Screens

Home Screen (locate a Code)
  1. Find Codes by name or zip: Locate a Code by municipality name or zip code.
  2. Matching Codes: Codes that match your criteria are listed here. Tap an item in this list to select that Code and navigate to the search screen.
  3. Previous Codes: Codes that you previously selected are listed here.
  4. (X) icon: Clear all entries in the list by tapping this icon.
  5. Help: Open help content for the app on eCode360.


Search Screen
  1. History: Tap to open your history of selected Codes.
  2. Search by word or phrase: Type the word or phrase that you wish to search for in the selected Code. Results load in the search results screen.
  3. Code Table of Contents: Navigate directly to the Code instead of searching.
  4. Saved Searches Tap to search the selected Code again for selected term. Clear all saved searches for the selected Code by tapping the (X) icon.
  5. Common Search Terms: Tap to search the selected Code for one of these common terms.


History
The history screen shows the Codes you have previously accessed in the app. Tap an entry in the list to open the search screen for the selected Code.
  1. Close button: Tap to close the history screen.
  2. (X) icon: Clear all entries in the history list by tapping this icon.


Search Results
  1. Search Term: The term that you searched for in the selected Code.
  2. Search Results: Location of the term with the surrounding Code context. Click on any of these results to open that section of the Code.
  3. Saved Search Indicator: Swipe left and right to quickly review other saved searches for the same Code.


Locate a Code by zip code
The app provides the ability to locate Codes by exact zip code match and by proximity. The zip code used is from the municipality's registered mailing address.
  1. Tap the "Find Codes by name or zip" text box.
  2. Type in a zip code.
  3. Select Search / Go in your device keyboard.
  4. Matching Code results are listed on the screen. Municipalities with exact zip code matches will be listed first. Municipalities in close proximity will be listed next.
  5. Tap a municipality from the results to select that Code.

Locate a Code by municipality name
  1. Tap the "Find Codes by name or zip" text box.
  2. Type in a municipality name.
  3. Select Search / Go in your device keyboard.
  4. Results are listed on the screen in the "Matching Code" section of the results.
  5. Tap a municipality from the results to select that Code.

Search a Code
When searching a Code, you can choose between the following search options:
  • Type a keyword or phrase.
  • Search for one of the Common Search Terms.
  • Open a previous saved search.
To search a Code:
  1. From the search screen, select and execute one of the search options:
    • Keyword or phrase: Tap the "Search by word or phrase" text box, and then type the word or phrase that you wish to search for. Select Search / Go in your device keyboard.
    • Common Search Terms: Tap one of the suggested "Common Search Terms" to immediately search for that item in the selected Code.
    • Previous saved search: Any previous searches for the select Code appear in the "Saved Searches" listing. Tap one of the saved search entries to execute that search again.
  2. From the search results screen, scroll through your results using a vertical swipe.
    • User Tip: Once you have executed multiple searches for a Code, you can swipe left and right on the search results screen to quickly cycle between previous search results.
  3. Tap on any of the search results to open the result in eCode360 and read additional Code detail for that search.
  4. To return to your search results:
    • Click the "< Terms" link in the app header (iOS).
    • Click your device's "back" button (Android).

To change your search:
  1. Return to the search screen by tapping the "< Terms" link in the app header.
  2. To search the same Code again, execute another search as described above.
      User Tip: The (X) in the search text box will clear the text so that you can type a different keyword or phrase.
  3. To search a different Code, tap the "< Home" link in the app header.
      User Tip: Matching Codes you previously located in the current app session will still be listed. Either select a different Code from the list, or clear the "Find Codes by name or zip" text box to locate a new set of Matching Codes.

Open and view a Complete Code
At times, you may have a need to open and view a Code without executing a search.
  1. Locate the Code that you want to view using the instructions above.
  2. From the search screen for the selected Code, tap the "Code Table of Contents >" link to open the Code directly in eCode360.
  3. You can scroll through the code with a vertical swipe to browse by chapter.
  4. Tap any chapter to view its contents in detail.
  5. Tap any article to go further into the Code.

Code and Search History
The eCode Search™ App maintains a history list of Codes and searches for quick access to your most commonly referenced Codes.

To access a previously-used Code, do one of the following:
  • Go to the Home Screen and tap the name of the municipality in the Previous Codes list.
  • On the Search screen, tap the History icon in header and then tap a Code from the list.

To clear saved searches from the search screen of a specific Code:
  • Long press (Android) / swipe left (iOS) to remove an individual search result.
  • Click the (X) in the saved searches header to clear all previous searches for the current Code.

To clear the history of previously-used Codes, do one of the following:
  • On the Search screen, tap the History icon in the header. Long press (Android) / swipe left (iOS) to remove an individual result. Click the (X) in the history header to remove all Code history.
  • From the Home Screen, locate the "Previous Codes" section. Long press (Android) / swipe left (iOS) to remove an individual result. Click the (X) in the history header to remove all Code history.


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