How to Use the Glossary Search
Interface Using Altavista
Choose a language from the menu on the left, select
a search technique (technique no. 1 is generally the most effective) and click on Find;
In Altavista, replace keyword at the
beginning of the search criteria with your own keyword in lower case (use " "
Do NOT touch any other part of the search string;
To refine your search later on you may replace keyword
A) backbone AND internet
[to avoid medical glossaries]
B) (backbone NEAR internet)
[with brackets; more restrictive than A)]
C) backbone AND NOT medical
[to exclude medical glossaries]
To increase results:
A) break down phrases. Example: instead of internet backbone, use A) or B) above.
B) Use the Boolean OR or the wildcard (*)
(*=0-10 characters) to cover more options. Examples:
(outperformer OR out-performer)
[=> finds singular and plural]
Altavista automatically sets a language filter, restricting your
search to pages in a specific language (which may be the reason for your
obtaining very few or no results). If this happens, set the filter to All
Tip: If you can't find your term, try search
criteria in another language, for example English.
If you like, you may try a guided search
using the English search criteria.
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