Try different terms (synonyms).
search uses an implicit "and"
This means that
several words can be typed in for a search at once. This is considered an
"exclusive" search and is equivalent to 'match all words'. Matches/number
of "hits" will be smaller than if you ran several searches with only one
term (word) each. So, the advantage of using several keywords/terms means
that you may be able to target the document you want much easier.
However, the search engine only returns pages in which all terms
appear. if you are too specific or "exclusive" in your search (i.e. using
too many terms), you may not find the page you are seeking because one of
the words is missing - perhaps because a synonym was used.
searching is not currently available
difference between phrase-search capability and searching for several
words is that phrase searching tries to find those words immediately
adjacent to each other. An example might be "women's studies." A search
engine with phrase capability would only return pages on which "women's
studies" would be together. Currently, our search engine will return pages
that contain both words, but not necessarily together. This means that
sometimes more results are returned than are necessary. We will offer
phrase searching as soon as it becomes available for this search engine.
use "stop words"
Stop words are common words
such as articles: "the," "a," "an." Strictly speaking, a true stop word
would not even be searched for. Our search engine seems to actually seem
to look for them (you will see them on the results page as "Words searched
for"), but it does not. A search for "economics and" will bring back the
same number of hits as entering only "economics." So although you should
not use stop words, it doesn't usually have any effect with this search
engine. (However, results may vary with other search engines on the
Internet.) The current list of specified stopwords includes:
that this search engine does do
This search engine tries to help
you by trying to build a more complete query by guessing common plurals.
It does not get them all, just a few; enter multiple forms if you notice
that it did not get as many as you anticipated.
results: "(book or booked or booking or bookings or booker or
books or bookers)"
I can see
only 100 results.
Although the search engine
may report that it found more than 100 matches, you are effectively
limited to viewing only 100 matches. If a page/match is not in the first
100 matches, then it relationship to what you want is probably quite
small. Revise your search to be more specific or see the search
strategies section above.