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The Basics

To perform a search, simply enter the words you are searching for in the search box located on any page and press enter.

Advanced Information

Go and Search Buttons

To initiate a search after typing in your search word(s), there are three options:

  • Press enter. This is the same as pressing the Go button. See below for further details.
  • Press the Go button. This will first search to see if a page exists with the exact word or phrase that you entered, and if it does, it will be displayed. If not, you will be taken to the search results page.
  • Press the Search button. This will perform and display the search results screen, even if a page exists with the exact word or phrase you entered.

Limiting results

By default, searches will turn up results with any of the words in your query. For instance, searching for search engine turns up many results containing only "search" but not "engine" or only "engine" but not "search" in addition to the ones you probably wanted, which contain both words.

To limit to results that include all words, put a "+" at the beginning of each word: +search +engine returns only pages containing both words, like Google's default mode.

You can also do a phrase search by enclosing words in quotes: "search engine" turns up a smaller set of results, which not only have both words but have them in order.

To exclude results that include some word, put a "-" at the beginning: search -engine

Avoid short and common words

If your search terms include common words (such as "the", "one", "your", "more", "right", "while", "when", "who", "which", "such", "every", "about") it will be ignored by the search system. If you're trying to do a phrase search or all-words-only search, this may result in returning nothing at all. Short numbers, and words that appear in half of all articles, will also not be found. In this case, drop those words and rerun the search.

Case sensitivity

Search is always case-insensitive, so searches for "distributions", "Distributions" and "DISTRIBUTIONS" all return the same results.

Go is always case-insensitive for the first character of the article title, and in most cases for the entire title. Go is case-sensitive only if an article has a name including a mixture of capitalized and uncapitalized letters and is neither all initial cap or all lower case following the first word. For example, consider the article Disposition of K-1 Activity. Entering 'disposition of k-1 activity' and pressing "enter" or Go will not take the reader to this article. However, 'Disposition of K-1 Activity' will work, as will 'disposition of K-1 Activity'. If the article name were 'Disposition Of K-1 Activity' or 'Disposition of k-1 activity' entering any capitalization variant would suffice.

Google Search

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