- The default search is a basic keyword search.
- Each individual word is searched for anywhere in a web page.
- Searches are not case-sensitive.
- Results are ordered by the prevalance of the search term.
- Phrase Search
To perform a phrase search (words appearing in a particular order) use " " quotation marks around the phrase.
- Word Stem Search
To find multiple word stems such as plurals, you can use an * asterisk as a wildcard. It will not work at the start of a word. You can also use the wildcard to truncate terms.
- Boolean Search
You can also use the basic boolean operators: and, or, not. These operators can be used with ( ) brackets to create sets within a search.
|pregnancy prevention||keyword||all pages containing the exact words "pregnancy" and "prevention"|
|"pregnancy prevention"||phrase||all pages containing the exact phrase|
|condom*||wildcard (stem)||all pages with words that start accordingly, for example: condom and condoms|
|prevention and AIDS||Boolean and||all pages that include both words|
|prevention or AIDS||Boolean or||all pages that include either word|
|prevention not AIDS||Boolean not||all pages that include prevention but not AIDS|
|prevention and (HIV or AIDS)||Boolean and, or||all pages with prevention and either HIV or AIDS|
|(HIV or AIDS) not condom*||Boolean or, not and wildcard (stem)||all pages with either HIV or AIDS but not condom (or condoms)|