How to Search

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Searching is different from browsing, in that you are trying to find some specific information, vs wandering around looking at things that interest you.

Click in the box below, and type a few words that describe what you are looking for. For example, typing growing orchids indoors would find sites about caring for orchids.

You may specify, by clicking on the small arrow next to World Wide Web what areas you would like to search. World Wide Web is the broadest.

Using English words and phrases, without special symbols or punctuation, usually works best. However, you can refine your search by learning a few of the tips below.

Search Tips

Finding Proper Names
Capitalize proper names, such as "December" and "California."

Finding a Phrase
Use double quotation marks around, or hyphens between words that are part of a phrase. Finding Words that Appear Together
Use brackets to find words that appear within 100 words of each other, such as words you would expect to see in the same sentence or paragraph.
For example, to find safety tips for using elevators, type:
[elevator safety]
Without the sqare brackets, your search results will include safety tips for hotel visitors and travelers. With the brackets, it finds the home page for the National Association of Elevator Safety Associates.

Specifying Words that Must Appear in the Results
Put a plus sign (+) in front of words that must be in documents found by this search.
For example, to find city guides about San Francisco, type:

city guide +San Francisco
Do not put a space between the plus sign (+) and the word.

Specifying Words that Should Not Appear in the Results
Put a minus sign (-) in front of words that should not appear in any documents found by the search. For example, to find all resources containing python but not monty, type:

python -monty
Do not put a space between the minus sign (-)and the word.