Searching archives

Subject: Searching archives
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 23:11:02 +1100
Hi Peter

The "How to search" page gives you a few more options using wildcards and 
boolean expressions.

I'm not sure why this works, because logic says littl* shoudl find MORE 
recordes than little, but it seems to work (found 82 records):

kingfisher and littl*

You can search in just one field  - e.g. Subject Line.  The following search 
for subject lines containing the words "Little" and "Kingfisher" found 6 

+subject:little and +subject:kingfisher

Perhaps you can use a wildcard for other common words - Andrew Taylor, who has 
built and maintained the archives for several years, will probably give us the 
real answers on Monday!



Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus Mailing List Administrator

"Peter Ewin" <> on Sat, 18 Feb 2006 13:50:04 +1100 wrote:
> I have just tried the new search feature in the Archives of Birding-Aus and
> have struck a problem. I am specifically looking for records of Little
> Kingfisher and am not having any luck. I have tried the following search
> formats:
> Little Kingfisher - Returns 1500 documents containing Kingfisher only (there
> are too many documents containing Little)
> "Little Kingfisher" - No documents returned (seems to be overwhelmed by
> Little)
> "Sacred Kingfisher" - 542 documents returned
> "Forest Kingfisher" - 116 documents
> "Azure Kingfisher" - 298 documents.
> Is there a way to find just Little Kingfisher records? Can the counter on
> Little be lifted so a return will be made? If someone has already asked this
> and a solution has been suggested I apologise. Otherwise a great resource
> will be limited by the search function.
> Cheers,
> Peter
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