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How to use the Search Facility

Note: These instructions are for using the IBF Search Facility.
For help on using Google search, please refer to the Google Help page.


  • The search is case-insensitive. You don't need to put quotes around search words.
  • You can use the booleans and, or, and not in searching. Without these booleans, an and relationship is assumed. Evaluation takes place from left to right only, although you can use parentheses to force the order of evaluation.
  • You can also use wildcards (asterisks) to search for matches to the beginnings of words only - you shouldn't put asterisks at the front or in the middle of words.
  • The maximum number of files returned is currently preset at 40. If you get exactly 40, there might be more files that match the search criteria: make your search more specific by adding keywords and/or conditions.

  example 1: john and doe or jane
  example 2: john and (doe or not jane)
  example 3: not (john or jane) and doe
  example 4: j* and doe

  1. This search evaluates the expression from left to right.
  2. This search will also be evaluated from left to right, although the operation in parentheses will be evaluated as a whole first.
  3. john or jane will be evaluated first, a not operation will be performed on that, then everything will be anded with doe.
  4. This will search for all files that contain words starting with the letter j and that also contain doe.

  • If you check the "Find related books" checkbox, the Amazon database will be searched for books related to the search word(s).

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