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Effective search strategies
Entering search queries
Operators
Some examples




To perform a basic search, type one or more words in the Search box, select a scope, and click the Search button (or press the Enter key). The most relevant items appear at the top of the results page.


Effective search strategies
  • Be specific. Use words that are unique or add descriptive words. For example, a search for java may give you too many results. If you're really looking for javabeans, specify javabeans.

  • Try using synonyms. If you get too few results or the Search engine doesn't find what you're looking for, try synonyms for your search words. For example, instead of searching for java training, try java education.

  • Check your spelling. A misspelled or mistyped word can skew your results.

  • Adjust your scope. Use the drop-down field to refine or expand the scope of your search.

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Entering search queries

Enter one or more search terms (see Operators below). Search isn't case sensitive, so don't worry about capitalization. The Search engine finds singular and plural forms of words.

You can define the scope of your search as follows:

Note: All of the following scopes, except dW forums, exclude discussion forums. However, you can easily access these forums results by clicking "Show me dW forum results" on the search results page.

To search: Use this scope: Explanation
All of the site All of dW Searches the developerWorks and alphaWorks sites and the ibm.com support knowledge base.
Product areas DB2 Searches the DB2 section of developerWorks, including product articles, tutorials, downloads, demos, tips, samples, and other resources, and the DB2 section of the ibm.com support knowledge base.
eServer Searches the eServer section of developerWorks, including product articles, tutorials, downloads, and other resources.
Lotus Searches the Lotus section of developerWorks, including product articles, tutorials, downloads, demos, tips, samples, and other resources, and the Lotus section of the ibm.com support knowledge base.
Rational Searches the Rational section of developerWorks, including product articles, training, downloads, demos, tips, samples, and other resources, and the Rational section of the ibm.com support knowledge base.
Tivoli Searches the Tivoli section of developerWorks, including product articles, tutorials, downloads, and other resources, and the Tivoli section of the ibm.com support knowledge base.
WebSphere Searches the WebSphere section of developerWorks, including product articles, tutorials, downloads, demos, tips, samples, and other resources, and the WebSphere section of the ibm.com support knowledge base.
developerWorks Subscription Searches developerWorks Subscription, including Starter, Professional, and Enterprise Level downloads.
Technology areas Autonomic computing Searches the Autonomic computing section of developerWorks, including downloads, articles, tutorials, and other resources.
Grid computing Searches the Grid computing section of developerWorks, including downloads, articles, tutorials, and other resources.
Java technology Searches the Java technology section of developerWorks, including downloads, articles, tutorials, training, events, standards, open source projects, and other resources.
Linux Searches the Linux section of developerWorks, including downloads, articles, tutorials, training, events, open source projects, and other resources.
Open source Searches the open source section of developerWorks, including projects, project news, articles, tutorials, training, events, and other resources.
SOA and Web services Searches the SOA and Web services section of developerWorks, including downloads, articles, tutorials, demos, standards, events, and other resources.
Web architecture Searches the Web architecture section of developerWorks, including downloads, articles, tutorials, events, open source projects, and other resources.
Wireless Searches the Wireless technology section of developerWorks, including downloads, articles, tutorials, events, and other resources.
XML Searches the XML section of developerWorks, including downloads, articles, tutorials, training, events, and other resources.
Within a set of your search results These results Available only from the search results page. Searches the results set by concatonating subsequent queries to your original query. You can search within your search results up to three times.
developerWorks forums dW forums Searches all developerWorks forums.
Emerging technologies alphaWorks Searches all alphaWorks downloads.
IBM site All of IBM Redirects to the ibm.com interface and searches the IBM site.

Hint: Use this link to search for trial and beta downloads, and click here to search for updates, drivers, and fixes.


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Operators

You can use the following operators:
  • + to find the search term in each of the results. If you don't put any operator before a search term, + is assumed.
  • - to exclude pages from the results that contain the search term.
  • ( ) to find at least one of the search terms in the results. Results with all of the terms are also found. You can have only one set of parentheses per query.
  • " " to find the exact phrase in each of the results.
  • * appended to the end of a search term to find all permutations of the word.

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Some examples

These search queries: Yield results that contain:
java javabeans

+java javabeans
+ java javabeans
java +javabeans
java + javabeans
jave+javabeans
+java +javabeans
+ java + javabeans
+java+javabeans
Both java and javabeans (works the same as a Boolean AND)
java -javabeans
java - javabeans
java, but not javabeans. Pages that contain javabeans are excluded from the results.
"web services insider" The exact phrase web services insider.
The Search engine ignores special characters (such as &, |, !, ^, #, @, $) unless the entire phrase is enclosed in quotation marks, for example, "Kit & Kaboodle".
develop* Words that start with develop, such as developer, development, developed, and so on.
(java xml)
("web services" soap)
In the first example, either java or xml or both.
In the second example, either the phrase web services or the term soap or both.
Terms enclosed in parenthesis work the same as a Boolean OR. You can have only one set of parentheses per query.
xml ("web services" soap) xml and either web services or soap.
xml -java ("web services" soap) xml and either web services or soap, but not java.

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