This page last revised
November 19, 2006.
|(You must search in English. Results will be translated.)||
|EXACT Phrase (to find identical phrases - NO quotation marks needed)|
Click on the exact phrase radio button below the keyword search box. Prepositions (in, from, on, at, to, etc.), or articles (a, an, the) should NOT be eliminated when performing an exact phrase search.
Multiple word searches (not in a phrase)|
Entering multiple words (separated by a space) will also find each of those words individually.
DON'T include prepositions (in, from, on, at, to, etc.), or articles (a, an, the). Prepositions and articles dilute your results with every occurrence of these insignificant words everywhere that they occur.
|"Case" SeNsItIvItY (does not matter)|
Case Sensitivity is turned "off". Your search is performed ONLY by the characters that you enter, without regard to upper and lower case. This is also true for proper nouns, such as a person's name.
example: Results for search keyword "minnesota" will still include site pages containing "Minnesota".
|Plus (+) or Minus (-) signs (to require or eliminate keywords)|
You can tailor, or fine tune, your multiple keyword search results to include or exclude specific keywords by placing either a + or - sign (the hyphen), immediately before your search term.
NOTE: Do not leave a blank space between the plus or minus sign and your search term!
example: If your search terms are apples -green then you would find pages with the word "apples", but the word "green" will never be included, not for "green" apples and not even for the term "green" itself!
|Wildcard * (asterisk) usage (a spaceholder for missing characters in keywords)|
The * asterisk makes for versatile searches. It may be used before, after, or within a sequence of characters (as a spaceholder for missing characters), or combined with the quotation marks and/or the + or - sign discussed above.
2. Search term *her* will find the words here whether together gathering and any other word that contains the letters her anywhere in the word.
3. Search term +wh* -se*ch will find all pages which have a word that starts with wh and which does not contain a word that starts with se and ends with ch
4. Search term "wh* are" will find the phrases where are what are why are etc.