The purpose of establishing conventions and standards for party name entries is to facilitate litigation searches and to avoid duplication of party names in the database. The basic rule for party name entry is to spell it exactly as it appears on the pleading. It is important to do a thorough search to avoid entering duplicate information. Searches are conducted by entering only the first few letters of the last name of a person, business, municipality, organization, or agency. The information will be retrieved only as it appears in the system database.