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Search Tips

The search engine for this site is powered by Google. So if you know how to use Google then you already know how to search our site. If you're not familiar with Google or you're still not finding what you want, here are some tips to get you searching like a pro!


The Basic Search

To enter a query, type in a few descriptive words and press the Enter key or click the Search button for a list of relevant results.

Google uses sophisticated text-matching techniques to find pages that are both important and relevant to your search. For instance, Google analyzes not only the candidate page, but also the pages linking into it to determine the value of the candidate page for your search. Google also prefers pages in which your query terms are near each other.


Automatic "and" Queries

By default, Google only returns pages that include all of your search terms. There is no need to include "and" between terms. To broaden or restrict the search, include fewer or more terms.


"OR" Searches

Google supports the logical "OR" operator. To retrieve pages that include either word A or word B, use an uppercase "OR" between terms.


See Your Search Terms in the Results

Every Google search result lists one or more excerpts from the web page to display how your search terms are used in context on that page. In the excerpt, your search terms are displayed in bold text so that you can quickly determine if that result is from a page you want to visit.


Does Capitalization Matter?

Google searches are not case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you enter them, are understood as lower case. For example, searches for "testing equipment," "Testing Equipment," and "TeStInG eQuIpMeNt" all return the same results.


Want more tips?

Check out Google's help page on their site: The Essentials of Google Search.