Choosing the right search
terms is the key to finding the information you need.
Start with the obvious – if
you're looking for general information on Hawaii, try Hawaii.
But it's often advisable to
use multiple search terms; if you're planning a Hawaiian vacation, you'll do
better with vacation Hawaii than with either vacation
or Hawaii by themselves. And vacation Hawaii golf may
produce even better (or, depending on your perspective, worse) results.
You might also ask yourself
if your search terms are sufficiently specific. It's better to search on luxury
hotels Maui than on tropical island hotels. But
choose your search terms carefully; Search Street looks for the search terms
you chose, so luxury hotels Maui will probably deliver better
results than really nice places to spend the night in Maui.
Search Street searches are NOT
case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be
understood as lower case. For example, searches for george washington,
George Washington, and gEoRgE wAsHiNgToN will all
return the same results.
By default, Search Street
only returns pages that include all of your search terms. There is no need to
include "and" between terms. Keep in mind that the order in which the terms are
typed will affect the search results. To restrict a search further, just
include more terms. For example, to plan a vacation to Hawaii, simply type vacation
Search Street ignores common
words and characters such as "where" and "how", as well as certain single
digits and single letters, because they tend to slow down your search without
improving the results. Search Street will indicate if a common word has been
excluded by displaying details on the results page below the search box.
If a common word is essential
to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in
front of it. (Be sure to include a space before the "+" sign.)
Another method for doing this
is conducting a phrase search, which simply means putting quotation marks
around two or more words. Common words in a phrase search (e.g., "where are
you") are included in the search.
For example, to search for
Star Wars, Episode I, use:
Search Street now uses
stemming technology. Thus, when appropriate, it will search not only for your
search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those
terms. If you search for pet lemur dietary needs, Search Street
will also search for pet lemur diet needs, and other related
variations of your terms. Any variants of your terms that were searched for
will be highlighted in the snippet of text accompanying each result.
Sometimes you'll only want
results that include an exact phrase. In this case, simply put quotation marks
around your search terms.
Phrase searches are
particularly effective if you're searching for proper names ("George Washington"),
lyrics ("the long and winding road"), or other famous
phrases ("This was their finest hour").
If your search term has more
than one meaning (bass, for example, could refer to fishing or
music) you can focus your search by putting a minus sign ("-") in front of
words related to the meaning you want to avoid.
For example, here's how you'd
find pages about bass-heavy lakes, but not bass-heavy music:
Note: when you include a
negative term in your search, be sure to include a space before the minus sign.