Keyword Ranked Search
Displaying Search Results
- This search functions like many World-Wide Web search engines.
A Keyword Ranked Search retrieves any of your search terms (that is,
it assumes the Boolean Operator OR).
Even if you enter several terms, records containing only one of them will be
- Search results are are ranked higher for the following reasons
- The results contain a greater number of your search terms
- The results contain search terms which you have indicated are essential
- The results contain search terms which you have indicated are important
- Enter any word(s) or phrase(s) into the Search for: box in any order.
- Use quotation marks to search phrases: "united states"
- Use + to mark essential terms (results must include this term)
- For example +explorer
- Use * to mark important terms
- For example *internet
- Use ! to exclude records containing that term:
- For example !criticism
- Use ? to truncate: comput? retrieves
"computer", "computers", "computing", etc.
- You may combine these symbols to create more complex and precise searches
- For example: +lincoln "civil war" "united states" presiden? !assassination
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These pages last updated on 3 January 2001
- Search results from a Keyword search are displayed in the
Keyword Titles Index.
The Keyword Titles Index displays the type of search, the title(s),
and other information.
- The Titles Index for a Keyword Search contains a Relevance column. This
column indicates how much relevance (weight) each title has based on the
search criteria you entered. The most relevant titles display at the top
of the list. In addition, the Relevance column displays colored
bullets. As the titles become less and less relevant to the search criteria you
entered, the number of bullets in the Relevance column will decrease.