- Searching for specific words:
- Putting a plus sign in front of a word will only return documents that have that word in it; putting a minus sign in front of a word will only return documents that do NOT have that word in it, e.g.:
Will return all documents that include the words "Carlisle" and "Cranberry".
Will return all documents that include the word "Carlisle" but not the word "Cranberry." Note: If you really like Boolean syntax, you can use "and," "or" and "not" instead of plus and minus signs as appropriate.
- Searching for a phrase:
- Putting words within quotation marks will make the search engine look for them as a phrase, e.g:
"Henry David Thoreau"
will bring up any pages with a reference to Henry David Thoreau but not a page that only includes the "David"
- Using wildcards:
- If you're not absolutely sure of the spelling of a word, you can use an asterisk to substitute for up to four letters, for example:
would bring up pages that contain either "Thoreau" or "thorough."
- By default, the search engine ignores case if you type your entry in all lower case (i.e., it will find both upper- and lower-case words). However, if you do capitalize a word, it will search only for an upper-case version of that word, for example:
would return documents with "Carlisle" but not "carlisle."
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