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Webster's dictionary describes an "Index" as a sequential arrangement of material. Our index has been build from the ground up and has been professionally customized to display your search results fast! The search index grows larger every day as we use advanced technology that continually crawls our Website looking for any new articles that may have been written. Therefore, when you use our search service, you will always be searching through our entire collection of current and updated content.
What is a Word?
When searching, think of a word as a combination of letters and numbers. The search service needs to know how to separate words and numbers to find exactly what you want. You can separate words using white space and tabs.
What is a Phrase?
You can link words and numbers together into phrases if you want specific words or numbers to appear together in your result pages. If you want to find an exact phrase, use "double quotation marks" around the phrase when you enter words in the search box.
Example 1: To find information about Narrated Interviews, you could type "Haley Video Interviews" in the search box. You can also create phrases using punctuation or special characters such as dashes, underscore lines, commas, slashes or dots.
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Searches are case insensitive. Searching for "Links" will match the lowercase "links" and uppercase "LINKS".
By default, all searches are accent insensitive as well, but administrators can change this setting. Accent sensitivity relates to Latin characters like õ.
Including or Excluding Words:
To make sure that a specific word is always included in your search topic, place the plus (+) symbol before the key word in the search box. To make sure that a specific word is always excluded from your search topic, place a minus (-) sign before the keyword in the search box.
Example: To find mentions of the words rain without drop but with summer, try "rain -drop +summer".
Expand your search using wildcards (*):
By typing an * within a keyword, you can match up to four letters.
Example: Try wish* to find wish, wishes, or wishful.
Searching for Web Addresses:
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Fancy Features for Typical Searches:
You can search more than just text. Here are all of the other ways you can search on the net:
Finds pages that link to the specified address, or a substring of it. Use link:microsoft.com to find all pages linking to Microsoft sites. Note: this feature is not implemented on all search engines.
Finds pages that contain the specified text in the body of the document. By way of comparison, searches without the "text:" attribute will scan the URL, title, links, and META tags as well as the document body.
Finds pages that contain the specified word or phrase in the page title (which appears in the title bar of most browsers). The search title:Elvis would find pages with Elvis in the title.
Finds pages with a specific word or phrase in the URL. Use url:altavista to find all pages on all servers that have the word altavista in the host name, path, or filename - the complete URL, in other words.
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