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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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The text search engine allows queries to be formed from arbitrary Boolean expressions. Each term may be preceded by the standard Boolean operators not, and, or &/or grouped with parentheses. These rules are based on Altavista's query syntax, for example:

  • If you search for "buildings not churches", you'll find all documents containing the word "buildings" except those documents which also contain the word "churches". If you type in "and buildings and churches and schools", you'll find only those documents which contain all three search terms. The default value is or. Thus, a search for "buildings churches schools" would return pages with at least one of the three terms.

  • Altavista's shorthand notation works too. A search on "buildings -churches" is equivalent to the first example, and "+buildings +churches +schools" will return the same documents as the second.

  • If a search term has at least one capital letter, like "parIS", the search will be case sensitive with respect to that word - that is, only documents containing "parIS" will be found. On the other hand, lowercase words like "paris" will generate hits from "Paris", "PARIS", or "parIS".

  • To group a collection of words, use quotes. For example, the query "Jerry Jagger" (quotes included) would not generate a hit from "Mick Jagger met with Jerry Hall". Without quotes, the sentence would count. Boolean operators can also act on quotations: a search on '+the +kitten not "the kitten"' would return only those documents where "the" and "kitten" appear separately.

  • The Planet HomePage Site Search finds words, not strings. A search for "in" would turn up only that word, not "bin", "inside", or "acquaintance". To perform a string search, preface your term with the dollar sign - a query on "\$in" would find all words lists above.

Note: that more complex wildcard searches using the asterisk are not permitted. Including the asterisk in your query will return a list of all files, but that's its only function.

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