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Search Tips

Search Rules

This search engine helps you find documents on the Creative Arts Television website. Here's how it works: you tell the search service what you're looking for by typing in keywords, phrases, or questions in the search box. The search service responds by giving you a list of all the Web pages in our index relating to those topics. The most relevant content will appear at the top of your results.

How To Use:

Type your keywords in the search box.
Press the Search button to start your search.
Here's an example:

Type jazz music in the search box.
Press the Search button or press the Enter key.
The Results page will show you numerous pages from our archives about jazz music.
Tip: Don't worry if you find a large number of results. In fact, use more than a couple of words when searching. Even though the number of results will be large, the most relevant content will always appear at the top of the result pages.

More Basics - An Overview

What is an Index?

Webster's dictionary describes an "index" as a sequential arrangement of material. Our index is a large, growing, organized collection of Web pages from our collection. When you search on our site, you can ignore the "Index" field because we only have one. You will get identical results whether you search using the Index or the [All] Index. In either case, we will search our entire collection using keywords or phrases.

What is a Word?

When searching, think of a word as a combination of letters and numbers. The search service needs to know how to separate words and numbers to find exactly what you want on the Internet. You can separate words using white space and tabs

What is a Phrase?

You can link words and numbers together into phrases if you want specific words or numbers to appear together in your result pages. If you want to find an exact phrase, use "double quotation marks" around the phrase when you enter words in the search box.

You can, of course, combine words and phrases in a single search, or use multiple words, phrases, or combinations. Use the Match All or Match Any operator to tell the search engine whether you want to see items with All of your words/phrases or those with Any (one or more) of your words/phrases. Play with it for awhile--you'll get the hang of it.

Simple Tips for More Exact Searches

Searches are case insensitive.
Searching for "dance" will match the lowercase "dance" and uppercase "DANCE," as well as mixed case "Dance".

Including or excluding words:

To make sure that a specific word is always included in your search topic, place the plus (+) symbol before the key word in the search box. To make sure that a specific word is always excluded from your search topic, place a minus (-) sign before the keyword in the search box.

Example: To find dance videos with ballet but not French ballet, try "ballet -french".

Expand your search using wildcards (*):

By typing an * within a keyword, you can match up to four letters.

Example: Try belgi* to find Belgium as well as Belgian.


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