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AltaVista Basic Search Quick Reference
FOR THIS TYPE OF SEARCH:DO THIS:EXAMPLES:
Plain-English QuestionSimply type the question in the search form text box. Use as many words as necessary.What is the date of the Battle of Trafalgar?
Phrase SearchType the phrase as a sequence of words surrounded by double quotation marks."Battle of Trafalgar"
AND Search (multiple words and phrases, each of which must be present)Use a plus sign (+) in front of each word or phrase that must appear in the results.+London + "art museum"
OR Search (multiple words and phrases, any one of which may be present)Type words or phrases separated by spaces, without any special notation.Stratford Shakespeare
NOT Search (exclude a word or phrase)Use a minus sign (–) in front of a word or phrase you want to exclude from the results.+python –monty
Case-Sensitive SearchUse lowercase to find any combination of uppercase and lowercase letters. Use capital letters (initial caps or a combination of uppercase and lowercase) to force an exact match of your search term. The first example would match Bath (but not bath or BATH). The second example would match BATH only.Bath BATH
Date SearchNot available on the Basic Search form. Use Advanced Search 
Field SearchType the field-search keyword in lowercase, followed by a colon and your search word or phrase.title:"Victoria and Albert Museum" host:cambridge.edu domain:com
Nested SearchNot available on the Basic Search form. Use Advanced Search. 
Proximity SearchNot available on the Basic Search form. Use Advanced Search. 
Wildcard SearchUse an asterisk (*) at the end of or within a word, along with at least three letters at the beginning of the search term.Brit* col*r
Plain-English QuestionNot recommended on Advanced Web Search form. Use Basic Search instead. 
Phrase SearchJust type the phrase in the search box (without quotation marks). AltaVista interprets as a phrase any words that appear together without a search operator between them.Tower of London
AND Search (multiple words and phrases, each of which must be present)Use AND between words or phrases to specify that both must be present in the results.Oxford AND Cambridge
OR Search (multiple words and phrases, any one of which may be present)Use OR between words or phrases to specify that you want to find references to either or both terms.Oxford OR Cambridge
NOT Search (exclude a word or phrase)Use AND NOT in front of the word or phrase you want to exclude from the query.Oxford AND NOT Cambridge
Case-Sensitive SearchUse lowercase to find any combination of uppercase and lowercase letters. Use capital letters (initial caps or a combination of uppercase and lowercase) to force an exact match of your search term, as shown in the example.Round Table
Date SearchType the range of dates you want to search in the From and To boxes, using the format DD/MM/YY. The example would search for dates between January 1, 2001, and December 3, 2001 (not March 12, 2001).From: 01/01/01 To: 03/12/01
Field SearchType field-search keyword in lowercase, immediately followed by a colon and your search word or phrase.title:Castle Howard domain:com host:cambridge.edu
Nested SearchUse parentheses to group search expressions into more complex queries. The example would find Queen Mother as well as Queen Mum.Queen (Mother OR Mum)
Proximity SearchUse NEAR to find words or phrases that appear within 10 words of each other. The example would find bed and breakfast as well as bed & breakfast and breakfast in bed.bed NEAR breakfast.
Wildcard SearchEnter an asterisk (*) at the end of or within a word and at least three letters at the beginning of the search term.bicycl* col*r


SEARCH TERM:DESCRIPTION:EXAMPLES:
anchor:Searches for Web pages that contain the specified hyperlink.anchor:"free product samples"
applet:Searches for Java applets. If you don't know the name of the applet, try combining an applet wildcard search with some other search term.applet:beeper +applet:* +Java
domain:Searches Web addresses for a specific domain (com, edu, gov, net, and so on) or two-letter Internet country code. (See Appendix B for a complete list.)domain:edu domain:uk
host:Searches just the host name portion of Web addresses.host:beatlefest.com host:oxford.edu host:BBC
image:Searches Web pages for the file names of images that match your search term.image:ringo.gif image:*.gif
like:Searches for Web pages similar to (or related in some way to) the specified URL.like:www.beatle.net
link:Searches for hypertext links (URLs) embedded in a Web page.link:www.songlyrics.com
text:Searches for text in the body of the Web page.text:"Strawberry Fields"
title:Limits the search to the part of the Web page that the author labeled as the title.title:"John Lennon"
url:Searches for text in complete Web addresses (URLs).url:beatles.html



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