Searches are case insensitive. The query book or BOOK will
return the same result.
The search matches partial words. Therefore,
book will also match books or any other word with "book"
in it. There is no word stemming.
The default search criteria is "and". For a query consisting of more
than one word, search results will list fortunes that contain all the words in query.
For example, the query fortune cookie will
return a list of fortunes that contain the words fortune and cookie.
You can do an "or" search by inserting "or" in between the words of your query.
For example, the query Fortune or Cookie will list fortunes that have
the either fortune or cookie or both.
"And" and "or" can be mixed in a query. For example,
the equivalent logic for the query fottune cookie or canada is
The equivalent logic for the query fortune and cookie or canada is
- fortune and cookie or canada
- fortune and and and cookie or canada
To match a phrase, enclose the phrase in quotes.
For example, the query "simple steps" (with the quotes) will return pages
that contain the phrase simple steps with no other words in between.
In contrast, the the query simple steps will return pages in which
simple and steps occur any where on the page in any order.
Wild Card Searches
Wild card searches are preformed by including wild card characters in the
query. There are two such characters ? and *
The ? is a single character wild card. It matches any character zero or
one time only.
For example, the query
will match traveled and its alternate travelled.
The * is a multi-character wild card. It matches any character zero or more
For example, if not sure how "lieutenant" is spelled you could use the query
to search for the word.
Wild card characters are also helpful for matching words whose alternate spelling may
contain hyphens. Currently, the * wild card matches up to 10 characters.
Note: Since search matches partial words automatically, wild cards are
not necessary at the beginning or the end of a word.