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To find information about a topic, simply type in a few keywords. The more detailed your query, the more relevant your results.

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:

Translated: require PBTV, require meetings
Finds "PBTV meetings", "PBTV meetings", and "meetings of PBTV".
Does not find the lowercase "pbtv meetings", nor the abbreviated "pbtv meets".


Translated: forbid PBTV, require meetings
Finds "LA meetings", "Tucson meetings", and lowercase "pbtv meetings".
Does not find "PBTV recommendations" nor "PBTV meetings".


Translated: prefer PBTV, require meetings
Finds "LA meetings", "PBTV Meetings", and "PBTV meetings".
Documents with both terms appear higher in the list.


Translated: require the phrase "PBTV meetings"
Finds "PBTV meetings".
Does not find "PBTV Meetings" nor "meetings PBTV has had".


Translated: require pbtv (case insensitive), require words starting with "meet"
Finds "PBTV Meets", "pbtv meetings", "Pbtv meeting".
The asterisk is a wildcard representing any four or fewer characters.


Translated: require Promo (case sensitive), require pictures, forbid PBTV, prefer images
First lists "pictures and images of Promo", then "Promo pictures".
Does not list lowercase "promo picture", nor forbidden "picture of PBTV Promo".


Translated: ignores common words like where, is, and the - requires words containing "frog"
Finds "frog", "frogleg", and "bullfrog".
To suppress the ignore feature, use quotes, as in "Where is the *frog*?".
Note on case sensitivity - only words or phrases containing an upper case character will be treated as case sensitive. A search on "usa" will match "Usa", "USA", and "usA", while the term "USA" matches only its uppercase version.

The asterisk is a powerful search tool, but has some limitations. It cannot span words - that is, the query "powerfu*earch" would not match the first sentence of this paragraph - 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 alpha-numeric characters. A search for "th*" would be ignored.

 


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