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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.


Choosing Keywords

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:

AND

Means that the word (search string) following this operator has to be contained in the full text of the paper.


OR

Means that the word (search string) following this operator may alternatively be contained in the full text of the paper.


NOT

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.


Examples:


Searches for all pages whose full text contains either the word "Jefferson" or the word "Adams"


Searches for all pages whose full text contains both the word "Jefferson" and the word "Adams"


Searches for pages which contain the word "Jefferson" but not the word "Adams"


Searches for all pages whose full text contains the words "Thomas Jefferson" in exactly this word order, i.e. with a blank in between

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