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Tips for Searching

At its simplest, a query can be just a word or a phrase. Here are some tips to make your search more effective.

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, Jewish AND single and Jewish NEAR single, look for the words Jewish and single 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 surfing 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 example: Shabbat OR Shalom. This query finds all pages that mention Shabbat or Shalom or both.

Put quotation marks around keywords if you want Index Server to take them literally. For instance, if you type the following query: "Jewish and single" The search will literally look for the complete phrase Jewish and single.

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