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the search box: Put phrases in "" to be more
specific. Try to avoid words like "and" and
"the" as this will bring up too many hits. As
will any of the words used in page titles or the links
on the left. If you type in <conservation> this
will bring up every page on our site as this word is part
of the design of every page (see black strip above). We
are working on this and will eventually turn all the titles
and links into images, thus solving the problem. If nothing
matches, use the "back" button on your Browser
to return to your starting point.
To get more specific search results,
try using the following tips:
Make sure your search terms are spelled correctly. The
search engine will attempt to find words that sound similar
to your search terms, but it is always best to try to
spell the search terms correctly.
Use multiple words when performing your search. The search
results will return more refined results from several
words than from a single word.
The more similar words you use in a search, the more relevant
results you will get back.
Use appropriate capitalisation
Capitalise proper nouns. Lowercase words will match any
Use quotation marks to find words which must appear adjacent
to each other, for example, "camp dates." Otherwise,
the search results will include the word "camp"
and the word "dates", but not necessarily
in that order. The words may appear anywhere, and in any
order, within the document.
plus (+) or minus (-)
Use a plus sign when your search term or phrase must appear
in the search results. Use a minus sign to indicate undesirable
term(s). The plus sign tells the search engine that a
certain word or phrase is required in the search results,
and a minus sign indicates that a word or phrase must
be absent in the search results.
A phrase must be contained within quotation marks. Leave
no spaces between the plus or minus sign and the term.
Wildcard searches can expand the number of matches for
a particular request. The * character is used
as the wildcard character.
may be combined with the standard plus (+) and minus (-)
modifiers, quotes for phrases, as well as the field search
+wh* -se*ch will find all pages which have a
word that starts with wh and which does not contain
a word that starts with se and ends with ch.
"wh* are" will find the phrases where are,
what are, why are, etc.