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Alternate Search Engine

Use the form below to search for documents in this web containing specific words or combinations of words. The text search engine will display a weighted list of matching documents, with better matches shown first. Each list item is a link to a matching document; if the document has a title it will be shown, otherwise only the document's file name is displayed. A brief explanation of the query language is available, along with examples.

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Query Language

By default the search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done.


In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behavior.

1The search engine supports three types of phrase search.

  • To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase
    Example: "Painted Turtle"
  • To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words]
    Example: [free search engine]
  • To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words}
    Example: {Painted Turtle}

2.  + and - qualifiers

  • If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.


  • If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.
    Example: +always -never

3.  * wildcard

  • If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match.
    Example: gift*

4.  ? wildcard

  • If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.
    Example: b?g

5.  boolean search

  • You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters.
    Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)

All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*

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