Help for searching this site
From December 2002 we have a new search engine. It finds all pages added to the site yesterday or before. If you find bugs, let us know.
Simple search boxes like the one on the right will find those web
pages that contain all the words you enter. Just click on the title
of a story to see it, or on the
Searches for a single word return a maximum of 100 pages. Those pages the
search engine considers the best matches, it lists first. But on 3 December 2002
Click on a downward-pointing arrow to see a list of options and select one.
As with all internet searches, you do not want to enter words that describe a page, or words that it might be catalogued under in a library. You want to enter words that will appear in the page that you want to read. Free-association may help.
Searching for very common words (eg "this" or "that") will not work: think of alternatives.
Searches on this site are not case-sensitive. That is, searches for "BBC", "bbc" and indeed "BbC" will produce exactly the same results.
If you run out of space in the search box, keep typing. Your text will move along.
Long format shows an extract from each found page. This contains the first found word if it's not too far down; otherwise it's the top of the page.
Short format shows only the page titles.
If you disagree with the search engine's notion of what's the best match, change the sorting order.
Search for: all / any / the Boolean
As well as searching for pages containing all the words you enter, or those with any of the words you enter, you can search using "Boolean" logic. Eeek?
"Boolean algebra" is the name for the way computers deal with questions. It's named after George Boole (1815-1864), who invented a system of algebra that works on the logical values "true" and "false" rather than on numbers, using or and and instead of + and ÷.
But it's not as scary as all that. It can be extremely useful in picking out just the page you want. Examples should help:
Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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