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Table . Lycos Basic Search Quick Reference[*]
For this type of search: Do this: Examples:
Plain-English Question Simply type a phrase or question that expresses the idea or concept, using as many words as necessary. Are oyster mushrooms poisonous?
Phrase Search Enclose the phrase in double quotes. "edible mushrooms"
AND Search (multiple words and phrases, each of which must be present) Type words or phrases separated by a space, without any special punctuation. By default, Lycos searches for all the words in your query, so even though plus signs (+)are allowed, you'll get the same results without them.
 "oyster mushrooms" recipes
+"oyster mushrooms" +recipes

 The two examples shown here would return identical results: Web pages that contain both the phrase oyster mushrooms and the word recipes.  
OR Search (multiple words and phrases, any one of which may be present) Enclose the words or phrases in parentheses. The example would find Web pages that include references to either edible mushrooms or mycology. ("edible mushrooms" mycology)
NOT Search (to exclude a word or phrase) Use a minus sign (-) in front of a word or phrase you want to exclude from your results. mushrooms -recipes
Case-Sensitive Search Not available.  
Date Search Not available.  
Field Search To search titles of Web page documents, use title: directly in front of a word or phrase. (Note that there's no space between the colon and the search term.)
 title:mushrooms
title:"mushroom gardening"

 For URL and Host/Domain, and Link Referral field searches, use Advanced Search.  
Nested Search Not available.  
Proximity Search Not available.  
Wildcard Search Not available.  


[*] Note: This table applies to searches using the form on the Lycos home page. For Advanced Search, see page 302.

Table . Lycos Advanced Search Quick Reference
For this type of search: Do this: Examples:
Plain-English Question Simply type a phrase or question that expresses the idea or concept, using as many words as necessary. Leave the drop-down menu set to all words (AND match). What are the best French table wines?
Phrase Search Type the phrase without any special punctuation and choose exact phrase (quoted query) from the drop-down menu. French table wines
 Alternatively, you can type the phrase in double quotes and leave the drop-down menu set to all words (AND match). "French table wines"
AND Search (multiple words and phrases, each of which must be present) Type the words (or phrases in quotes) in the search form and leave the drop-down menu set to all words (AND match). California "Cabernet Sauvignon"
OR Search (multiple words and phrases, any one of which may be present) Type the words (or phrases in quotes) in the search form and choose any words (OR match) from the drop-down menu. "sparkling wine" Champagne
NOT Search (to exclude a word or phrase) Use a minus sign (-) in front of a word or phrase you want to exclude from the results. ChardonnayCalifornia
Case-Sensitive Search Not available.  
Date Search Not available.  
Field Search Click Page Field and use the fill-in-the-blanks form to search Web page Title, URL, and Host/Domain fields. (For best results, avoid using quotation marks and other punctuation when using the Page Field option.)

Click Link Referrals and use the fill-in-the-blanks form to look for links to a specific Web page.

For examples, see “Using Advanced Search” on pages 130–133.
 
Nested Search Not available.  
Proximity Search Not available.  
Wildcard Search Not available.  



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