Our search engine also comes with some advanced capabilities to help
you find exactly what you're looking for. These capabilities are best shown
with a few examples:
Note on case sensitivity - only search words or phrases containing
an upper case character will be treated as case sensitive. A search on
"internet" will match "Internet", "INTERNET", and "InTerNet", while the
search term "INTERNET" would match only links with INTERNET (in uppercase)
Prefacing a search term with a "special" character can greatly help
you to narrow your searches....
+ / and
||Require this term
||Will only display listings that contain the word "internet"
||Forbid this term
|Will only display listings that DO NOT contain the word "web"
||Prefer this term
||+internet or web
||This will find all listings containing "internet", and will rank those
that also contain the word "web" a bit higher. (since web is "preferred")
||Exactly match this phrase
||This will find all listing that contain the phrase "Internet Help".
Note that using the quote marks forces the engine into a case-sensitive
||Find all entries belonging to a given domain or matching a file name
|The top example will return all entries in the www.mysite.com
domain. The lower example shows how you could find every .asp page listed
in the engine.
||Find all entries submitted by a person with this email address
|This is a convenience search, if you know who posted a link (or want
to see if a certain person has posted any links, this is how you'd find
|You can use the asterisk as a "wildcard" to match parts of a word.
In our example, the search would return any listing with any word starting
with "inter". The asterisk does have one limitation: it cannot span words
- that is, the query "mat*arts" would not match the first sentence of this
description - and it can represent at most four letters or numbers. To
avoid overly broad searches, the asterisk can only be used in words or
phrases which have at least three characters, so a search for "th*" or
"an*" would be ignored.