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Search Tips
To perform a search, type what you are looking for into the search box:
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To get more specific search results, try using the following tips:
Check spelling
Example:
quacker
Use multiple words
Example:
civil war
Use similar words
Example:
war army navy guard force
Use appropriate capitalization
Example:
Painter
Use quotation marks
Example:
"Civil War"
Use plus (+) or minus (-)
Example:
+cemetery +Arkansas

Check spelling
Make sure your search terms are spelled correctly. The search engine will attempt to find words that sound similar your search terms, but it is always best to try to spell the search terms correctly.

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Use multiple words
Use multiple words when performing your search. The search results will return more refined results from several words than from a single word. For example, typing "civil war" will yield more relevant results than typing only "war". (Keep in mind, relevant results are returned even if they don't contain all query terms.)

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Use similar words
The more similar words you use in a search, the more relevant results you will get back.

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Use appropriate capitalization
Capitalize proper nouns. Lowercase words will match any case. For example, typing "painter" will return all documents containing the words "painter, Painter," and "PAINTER". However, typing "Painter" will only search for pages that contain the proper name Painter.

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Use quotation marks
Use quotation marks to find words which must appear adjacent to each other, for example, "Civil War". Otherwise, the search results will include all pages that have either the word "Civil" or the word "War", but not necessarily together.

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Use 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.

Note: A phrase must be contained within quotation marks. Leave no spaces between the plus or minus sign and the term.

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