At its simplest, a search can be just a word or a phrase. But by using
the tips below you specify exactly what you want to search for,
excluding terms you do not want to search for and adding terms that you
do wish to search for.
Search for words with the same prefix
For example, in your query form type key* to
find key, keying, keyhole, keyboard, and so on.
Search for all forms of a word
For example, in the form type sink** to find
sink, sinking, sank, and sunk.
Search for words close to each other
Use the keyword NEAR, rather than
AND, for words close to each other. For example, both of these
queries, system and manager and
system near manager, look for the words system and manager on the
same page. But with NEAR, the returned
pages are ranked in order of proximity: The closer together the words
are, the higher the rank of that page.
Exclude certain text from your search
Refine your queries with the AND NOT keywords
to exclude text from your search. For example, if you want to find all
instances of surfing but not the Net, write
surfing AND NOT the Net.
Search for all instances of either one word or
Add the OR keyword to find all instances of
either one word or another, for example, Manager
GM finds all pages that mention Manager
or GM or both.
Search for a complete phrase
Put quotation marks around keywords if you want the search to be literal.
For instance, if you type "general near manager"
the search will literally look for the complete phrase general near
manager. But if you type the same query without the quotation marks, ie
general near manager, the search will find all documents with the
words general and manager.
Search using natural language (Free Text)
Use Free Text Queries if you want to enter queries using natural language.
The search engine will examine your query, extract nouns and noun
phrases and construct a query for you. With free text queries you can
enter any text you want, from a proper question, to a string of words
and phrases, without worrying about the query language. For example, if
you type "How do I get a new computer account?"
the search engine will create a query for you automatically and begin
the search. Note that when you are using free text queries, the regular
query language features are disabled and keywords such as
AND, OR, and NEAR
are interpreted as normal words and not as keywords.
If you type in patient report, the
search engine will look for documents containing the words patient
report together on a page. If you type patient AND
report, the search engine will look for pages containing both
patient and also report, but not necessarily together on the page.