To enter a query into the Search Page, just type in a few descriptive
words and hit the 'enter' key (or click on the Search button) for a
list of relevant web pages.
For best results, it's important to choose your keywords wisely. Keep these tips in mind:
Try the obvious first. If you're looking for information on George Washington, enter "George Washington"
rather than "US President".
Use words likely to appear on a site with the information you want. "Previous United States Presidents"
gets better results than "some important country rulers".
Make keywords as specific as possible. "Declaration Of Independence" gets more
relevant results than "old signed document".
Automatic "OR" Queries
By default, if the input consists of more than one word or group of letters separated by a
space, and includes neither an operator (OR, AND, NOT) nor quotation marks, the
search-engine sets by default an "OR" in between the words.
Order of Operation
Keep in mind that the order in which the operators are typed will affect the search results.
The "AND" and the "NOT" operators are preformed before the "OR" operators.
Searches are NOT case sensitive
All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be
understood as lower case. For example, searches for "george washington", "George Washington",
and "gEoRgE wAsHiNgToN" will all return the same results.
The following operators are allowed:
Means that the word (search string) following this operator has
to be contained in the full text of the paper.
Means that the word (search string) following this operator may
alternatively be contained in the full text of the paper.
Means that the word (search string) following this operator must
not be contained in the full text of the paper.
Further important signs to be used in the
full text search:
Quotation Marks are used to embrace a group of words which should
be treated as one expression.