At its simplest, a query can be just a word or a phrase. But with
the tips on this page, you can expand the focus of your query to give you more complete
results. These tips will get you started with basic query language and acquaint you with
CAR's search application.
Look for words with the same prefix. For example, in your query
form type key* to find key, keying, keyhole, keyboard, and so on.
Search for all forms of a word. For example, in the form type
sink** to find sink, sinking, sank, and sunk.
Search with the keyword NEAR, rather than AND, for words close to
each other. For example, both of these queries, system and manager and system near
manager, look for the words system and manager on the same page. But with NEAR, the
returned pages are ranked in order of proximity: The closer together the words are, the
higher the rank of that page.
Refine your queries with the AND NOT keywords to exclude certain
text from your search. For example, if you want to find all instances of surfing but not
the Net, write the following query:
surfing AND NOT the Net
Add the OR keyword to find all instances of either one word or another, for
Abbott OR Costello
This query finds all pages that mention Abbott or Costello or both.
Put quotation marks around keywords if you want the search to
take them literally. For instance, if you type the following query:
"system near manager"
The search application will literally look for the complete phrase system near manager. But if you
type the same query without the quotation marks:
system near manager
All documents for the words system and manager are returned.
The following words may cause an error. Avoid using the ignored words in searches
or search phrases:
all, also, an, and, another, any, are, as, at, be, because, been, before, being, between, both, but,
by, came, can, come, could, did, do, does, each, else, for, from, get, got, has, had, he, have, her,
here, him, himself, his, how, if, in, into, is, it, its, just, like, make, many, me, might, more,
most, much, must, my, never, now, of, on, only, or, other, our, out, over, re, said, same, see,
should, since, so, some, still, such, take, than, that, the, their, them, then, there, these,
they, this, those, through, to, too, under, up, use, very, want, was, way, we, well, were, what,
when, where, which, while, who, will, with, would, you, your.