To Search Successfully Read How First
You must follow some simple rules to search successfully. First, the search will take you to the top of the page the matching item(s) are on.
Then you can either scroll down the page to find the items, or you can use your browser's 'Search' or 'Edit > Find in Page' command. Wait until the entire page is loaded before using the browser's search.
You must enter WHOLE WORDS that are used in our actual item descriptions. Generally the most effective search is to enter ONE OR MORE WORDS WITH THE PLUS SIGN IN FRONT OF EACH. Eg. +lion +coins +Roman. This will find all the pages in which all three words appear, though they may not always refer to the same item.
Searching on gold ring will be less precise since it finds all pages that contain EITHER any gold item OR any ring. Searching on "gold ring" with the double quotes will find only the gold rings where the two words are adjacent in the item description and might miss others where this is not the case.
Query Syntax Rules:
PicoSearching is intuitive and easy. PicoSearch supports quick simple searches as well as ANY/ALL/EXACT selections, +, -, and advanced Boolean expressions.
How To Search: Type a search with the words that you are looking for in the entry box, then click [Search]. Full words must be used, PicoSearch does not match partial words.
PicoSearch will retrieve the best documents that match the query by weighing all of the results. If all of the search words are found in a document, that document will be weighted appropriately higher than a document which contains only a couple of those words. PicoSearch uses an advanced match totalling algorithm; it weights all of the words that are searched so that you will get the best match for the information that you are seeking.
- Any Word:
- Just type one or more words to find any of the words. [ Search ANY ] is the default.
- Exact Phrase: "..."
- You can search for exact phrases by surrounding them in double quotes.
- Boolean Operators: + -
- Use + in front of each word or a quoted phrase that you require.
Use - in front of each word that you want to exclude.
- Boolean Expressions: AND OR NOT ( )
- Use AND, OR, NOT, (, and ) to form a Boolean expression. AND requires, OR allows, NOT excludes.
Use double quotes to protect the words "and", "or", or "not" in a phrase.
||Gets the documents with|
||'stock' or 'market' or both|
||the phrase 'stock market'|
||'stock' and 'market'|
||'stock' but not 'market'|
|+president -"United States"
||'president' but not 'United States'|
|(stock OR market) AND NOT president
||'stock' or 'market', and without 'president'|
Capitalization doesn't matter. The ranked results will come from a total match on the words and phrases which you supply, so try to think of several specific terms for your topic and spell them correctly. It may help to include important plurals and derived words too, like [address addresses contact contacting information] .