Most searches on Funnelback or other search engines consist of a single word or list of words e.g.
- application form
- "gene sequencing"
which you can type into the search box and get a list of results, with the most relevant content appearing higher in the list.
Things to Note
- In general, Funnelback tries to find documents which contain all of the query words (implicit AND).
- Searches are case-insensitive i.e. "New York" and "new york" will be treated the same.
- Words in Funnelback are any unbroken sequence of letters and/or numbers such as "Romeo", "1999" or "ENGN3410".
- By default Funnelback will ignore very common stop words such as "the", "a", "of" etc.
- Use quote characters around your query words if you want to match the exact phrase e.g. "World Music".
This is just a simple sequence of words
julius caesar rome
A phrase query can be specified by putting quote characters ("") around your query words. Using the phrase operator specifies that the component words must appear consecutively and in the order specified. Note that intervening punctuation, HTML tags etc. will be ignored.
The dysjunction operator acts like an OR in a Boolean language. The results will contain any document that has at least one of the query terms. For example:
[mighty brave] army
A full answer to this query will include the word army and one or more of mighty or brave.
The negation operator excludes all documents that contain the negated query from the fully matching results.
A full answer to this query will include the word caesar but no occurrence of the word brutus. Unlike the mandatory exclusion operator (see below), partial results presented in subsequent result tiers may contain the word brutus.
The mandatory exclusion operator excludes all documents that contain the negated query from all results. This is similar to the NOT operator in a Boolean language.
A full answer to this query will include the word caesar but no occurrence of the word antony. Unlike the negation operator (see above), no results will contain the word antony in the indexable part of the text. The partial results are those which satisfy the mandatory constraint (no antony) but which do not contain caesar.
The mandatory inclusion operator will return results that all have the included terms.
A full answer to this query will include the words antony and cleopatra. Every result will contain the word cleopatra.
The near operator (backquotes) requires that the query words appear, in any order, within 15 words of each other. The Funnelback administrator can adjust this limit to any number of words.
The full answer to this query will be those documents that include the word army within 15 words of march (in any order).
The truncation operator matches words that contain the query term.
This example pattern matches all words starting with anti, such as antium and antioch. Be careful, there are almost always more matching words than you expect.
The truncation operator can appear at the left, at the right or both, but NOT in the middle of the string.
This example pattern matches all words containing the string och, such as antioch and rochester.
Date queries constrain the result set to documents that were modified/created during a specified time period. For date querying purposes, Funnelback only records one date per document. It will look for the date modified, the date created and the HTTP server's last modified date (in that order).
The d<1jan1600 query returns documents that were modified/created before the 1st of January 1600.
By default Funnelback does not stem words either in the query or in the index. You can specify stemming by appending a cross-hatch ('#') to each query word you wish to stem. For example, the query "economic# policy#" will match:
- economic policy
- economics policy
- economic policies
mixes the following operators
- metadata — search for document titles (t);
- proximity — titles containing the query terms close to each other (in any order); and
- truncation — words beginning with war
Still can't find what your searching for?
- Griffith has multiple collections, internet and intranet (and others).
Try performing your search from within the Griffith Portal for a broader set of results.
- There is a typo.
Check the spelling of your search words, including American/Australian spelling variations.
- Try removing some search words.
A search that includes many words may be too strict.
- The search zone is limited.
If you've limited the search to a specific area of the university, maybe information of the type you're after exists elsewhere. Try expanding your search to include a wider selection. If the information you require is not specific to Griffith University, consider searching outside of Griffith (a full internet search).
- Expand acronyms and abbreviation if you have used them as search terms.
- Try other words or phrases that might describe what you are after.
Sometimes the author of a document might use different terminology and sometimes the subject may not be mentioned, even though the document is all about that thing. Try a few other, related terms and see if they turn anything up.
- Try a full internet search or a search at another site.
- Consider alternatives; e.g. going to the library for its databases and books; contact colleagues or supervisors.
- Maybe the information simply isn't not there.
- Use the page summary returned with each result to decide whether that page is likely to contain the information you are seeking.
- Add more words to your search to refine and improve the results.
- Remember that the results are displayed in a rough order of "best match first". If you haven't found useful material in the first 10 matches, try different search words.
- If you're getting a lot of unrelated material of a certain kind, try using the "not" operator to exclude content not of interest.
- Try restricting the search to only relevant web servers.