|Use nouns and objects as keywords
||planet or planets
||Verbs, adjectives, adverbs, predicate subjects and conjunctions are either thrown away by the engines, or are too variable to be useful.
|Use 6 to 8 keywords in query
||new, planet, planets, discovery, solar, system
||More keywords will narrow your results list.
|Truncate words to pick up singular and plural versions
||planet* or discover*
||The asterisk wildcard tells the engine to match all the characters after it. This accounts for singular, plural and derivative spellings.
|Use synonyms via the OR operator
||discover* or find
||Using the "OR" in a search will help you capture all the possible words that may have been considered by the webmaster.
|Combine keywords into phrases where possible.
||When appropriate combine your words into phrases. Results will be better matched.
|Combine 2 to 3 "concepts" in query with Boolean operators
||"solar system" and "new planet*"
||Triangulating on multiple concepts narrows in and targets results.
|Limit with dates
||1/March/99 to 7/April/99
||Limiting by date will narrow the results to the timeframe your interested in.
||HTCIA or htcia
When you use lowercase text, the search service finds both upper and lowercase results. When you use upper case text, the search service finds only upper case.