Search options

1. Keyword search

This might be the default way to use a search engine. Simply enter one or more keywords and the search engine will return all pages that contain either all keywords (AND query) or at least one keyword (OR query). Just choose one of the options "match all words" or "match any word".

2. Wildcard search

By default, the search engine searches for exact keywords only. This means that a search for song will not return pages containing the words songs or songbook. However, if you want to search for all words that begin with song, you can add an asterisk (*) after the keyword (song* instead of song). Of course, you can also put the wildcard in front of a keyword or in the middle of a keyword.

3. Phrase search

Sometimes you only need results that include an exact phrase. E.g. searching for live recording would also return the page of a recording studio announcing an event with live music. To narrow your results, simply put quotation marks around your search term ("live recording" instead of live recording) and the search engine will only return pages that contain the exact phrase.

4. Forcing a keyword

This feature is particularly useful when you are searching for multiple keyword (OR query) but still want ensure that a page contains a certain keyword. To force a keyword, put a plus (+) in front of it (without space). E.g. if you want to know about live recordings or live videos, you are basically looking for pages that contain either the word recordings or videos and the word live. Therefor your search term should be recordings videos +live.

5. Excluding a keyword

To exclude a keyword, put a minus (-) in front of it. Thus, pages containing this keyword will not be returned. E.g. if you want to learn everything about the band cast that has nothing to do with its history, you should search for "band cast" -history.