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ADAMS System Notices

May 11, 2012

On May 11, 2012, the NRC will deploy the latest release of the Electronic Hearing Docket (EHD) and Web-based ADAMS (WBA) applications. This minor release will provide the ability to display the Microform field column when browsing WBA. This release will also allow users to open the parent package of a document while inside the document property window.


February 15, 2012

On February 21, 2012, the NRC will deploy the latest release of the Electronic Hearing Docket (EHD) and Web-based ADAMS (WBA) applications. This release will provide additional functionality and enhanced usability, including the ability to conduct a single, combined search based on document content and properties.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

The upgraded ADAMS, which went live on Monday, December 19, 2011, will feature many improvements, including:

  • display per page of search results increased from 100 to 500 records

  • the capability to export a list of documents into Excel or CSV (Comma Separated Values)

  • the ability to "hide package contents"

  • the ADAMS Public Library and Public Legacy Library search functions will be separated, allowing for faster search retrieval

Please contact the Public Document Room if you have any questions about either the upcoming upgrade or search assistance with the new WBA.


On April 1, 2011, NRC decommissioned ADAMS PUBLIC (ADAMS PUBlic/Legacy Interface Combined); as a result, Web-based ADAMS (WBA), launched in October 2010, became the primary point of public access for documents in the ADAMS Public Library (PARS) and citations in the ADAMS Public Legacy Library (PLL).

WBA has many features not found in previous Web-based versions of ADAMS, such as the ability to search both PARS and the PLL simultaneously. Recent improvements to WBA, such as the addition of a time-stamp for documents in PARS, which allows users to search for the time of a document's release by date, hour and minute as well as the ability to see, copy, and paste a direct URL for a full-text document in PARS, help make WBA the most user-friendly ADAMS interface to date.

If you have questions about WBA, please contact the staff of the Public Document Room (PDR) for assistance.


Web-based ADAMS (WBA), which went live in October 2010, offers many features not found in previous Web-based versions of ADAMS, including:

  • the ability to search both PARS and the Public Legacy Library simultaneously
  • an easy-to-navigate Folder View listing full-text documents released from October 1999 to present
  • an Advanced Search with Query Builder option
  • users can create Boolean or other complex searches, or perform simple edits to your search built by the Query Builder, in the Advanced Search Query box

On February 25, 2011, improvements will be implemented in WBA, including:

  • a time-stamp for documents in PARS; users can search for the time of a document's release by date, hour and minute
  • the ability to see, copy and paste a direct URL for a full-text document in PARS
  • additional columns for "Date Added"and "Estimated Page Count" available for sorting PARS search results
  • the "Date to be Released"field in PARS reports will no longer be empty

If you have questions about WBA, please contact the staff of the Public Document Room (PDR) for assistance.


With the successful implementation of the Unified Public Web Search for the NRC's public Web site, users can now search for documents, items of interest, and other relevant content across the entire site, as well as all publicly available ADAMS documents, with a single search.

To use this new capability, simply enter one or more words in the Search box located in the upper-right corner of each NRC Web page, and click the Search button. This enhanced search capability provides a quick and easy way to locate documents, beyond the specific applications already provided for targeted search of the NRC's ADAMS documents and records.


Starting in mid-December, ADAMS users will notice a change in the format of the accession numbers found in the database. The structure of the accession numbers will change from "ML" followed by nine numbers (for example, ML100010001) to "ML" followed by eight numbers plus an alphabetic character in the sequence (for example, ML10001A001). The change in format will be gradual since the new accession numbers will be used for new documents added to ADAMS after December 15th; we will not be changing the existing valid accession numbers for documents currently in ADAMS.

This change is necessary for the development of the new ADAMS system. While the format of the accession numbers will change, users should not experience any difference in searching or system performance.

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