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Table . MSN Search Basic Search Quick Reference[*]
For this type of search: Do this: Examples:
Plain-English Question Simply type a question that expresses the idea or concept, using as many words as necessary. What's the best place for cross-country skiing in Minnesota?
Phrase Search Type the phrase enclosed in double quotes. "Gunflint Lodge"
AND Search (multiple words and phrases, each of which must be present) Type words or phrases separated by a space. MSN Search automatically searches for all the words, so plus signs (+) aren't necessary. skiing snowboarding
OR Search (multiple words and phrases, any one of which may be present) Not available. Use Advanced Search.  
NOT Search (to exclude a word or phrase) Use a minus sign (-) directly in front of the word or phrase you want to exclude from your results. (Note that there's no space between the minus sign and the search word.) skiing -downhill
Case-Sensitive Search Not available.  
Date Search Not available. Use Advanced Search.  
Field Search Not available. Use Advanced Search.  
Nested Search Not available. Use Advanced Search.  
Proximity Search Not available.  
Wildcard Search Not available. Use Advanced Search.  


[*] Note: This table applies to searches using the form on the MSN Search home page. For Advanced Search, see page 304.

Table . MSN Search Advanced Search Quick Reference[*]
For this type of search: Do this: Examples:
Plain-English Question Type a question that expresses the idea or concept and choose all the words on the Find menu. When was the Mir space station launched"?
Phrase Search Type the phrase without any special punctuation and choose the exact phrase on the Find menu. Hubble space telescope
AND Search (multiple words and phrases, each of which must be present) Type words or phrases separated by a space and choose all the words on the Find menu. "space camp" scholarships
 Alternatively, you can combine words and phrases with the Boolean operator AND (full caps required) and choose Boolean phrase on the Find menu. "space camp" AND scholarships
OR Search (multiple words and phrases, any one of which may be present) Type words or phrases separated by a space and choose any of the words on Find menu. NASA "space program"
 Alternatively, you can combine words and phrases with the Boolean operator OR (full caps required) and choose Boolean phrase on the Find menu. NASA OR "space program"
NOT Search (to exclude a word or phrase) Use the Boolean operator AND NOT (full caps required) with the word or phrase you want to exclude and choose Boolean phrase on Find menu. shuttle AND NOT challenger
Case-Sensitive Search Not available.  
Date Search Specify range of dates in the Modified between section of the search form, using the format dd/mm/yyyy. Modified between: 01/01/2001 and: 30/06/2001
Field Search Three types of field searches are possible:  
 

Titles. Type search words or phrases in the search box and choose words in title on Find menu.

astronaut hall of fame
 

Links. Type complete URL (including http://) in search box and choose links to URL on Find menu.

http://www.astronaut.org
 

Domain. Use Domain section of form to limit your search by domain type (com, edu, gov, org, etc.) or to a specific domain.

Domain: com Domain: nasa.gov
Nested Search Combine search terms with Boolean operators and parentheses, and choose Boolean phrase from the Find menu.
 (NASA OR "space program")
AND budget AND 2001

Proximity Search Not available.  
Wildcard Search Use Enable stemming option to automatically search for both root words and variations. With stemming enabled, a search for budget would also find references to budgets, budgetary, and budgeting. budget


[*] Note: This table applies to searches using MSN Search's Advanced Search form. For searches using the form on the MSN Search home page, see page 303.


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