This search engine helps you find documents on the Paw Prints Web site. Here's how it works: you tell the search engine what you're looking for by typing in keywords, phrases, or questions in the search box. The search engine responds by giving you a list of all the Web pages on Paw Prints relating to those topics. The most relevant content will appear at the top of your results. You can limit your results to sections of Paw Prints (Anecdotes, Factoids, Jokes, Photos, or Quotes) or search the entire site. If you limit your search to a certain section and don't get the results you want, broaden your search to include All of Paw Prints.
How To Use:
- Type your keywords in the search box.
- If you want to limit your search to a certain area, select the section you want to search using the dropdown menu. By default you will search the entire Paw Prints site.
- Press the Search button to start your search.
Here's an example:
- Type banana split in the search box.
- Press the Search button or press the Enter key.
Tip: Don't worry if you find a large number of results. In fact, use more than a couple of words when searching. Even though the number of results will be large, the most relevant content will always appear at the top of the result pages.
More Basics — An Overview
What is an Index?
Webster's dictionary describes an "index" as a sequential arrangement of material. Our index is a large, growing, organized collection of Web pages from our site.
What is a Word?
When searching, think of a word as a combination of letters and numbers. The search service needs to know how to separate words and numbers to find exactly what you want on our site. You can separate words using white space and tabs.
What is a Phrase?
You can link words and numbers together into phrases if you want specific words or numbers to appear together in your result pages. If you want to find an exact phrase, use "double quotation marks" around the phrase when you enter words in the search box.
Example #1: To find who said "Love is blind.", type "love is blind " in the search box. You can also create phrases using punctuation or special characters such as dashes, underscore lines, commas, slashes, or dots.
Example #2: Try searching for 1-800-999-9999 instead of 1 800 999 9999. The dashes link the numbers together as a phrase.
Simple Tips for More Exact Searches
Searches are case insensitive. Searching for "Fur" will match the lowercase "fur" and uppercase "FUR".
By default, all searches are accent insensitive as well. Accent sensitivity relates to Latin characters like õ or Spanish accents like é.
You can refine your search by limiting results to one of our sections: Anecdotes, Factoids, Jokes, Photos, or Quotes.
You can broaden your search by including the entire site.
Including or excluding words:
To make sure that a specific word is always included in your search topic, place the plus (+) symbol before the key word in the search box. To make sure that a specific word is always excluded from your search topic, place a minus (-) sign before the keyword in the search box.
Example: To find information about bears that hibernate, but not polar bears, try "bear +hibernate -polar".
Expand your search using wildcards (*):
By typing an * within a keyword, you can match up to four letters.
Example: Try wish* to find wish, wishes, or wishful.
Fancy Features for Typical Searches
You can search more than just text. Here are all of the other ways you can search:
Finds pages that contain the specified text in the body of the document. By way of comparison, searches without the "text:" attribute will scan the URL, title, links, and META tags as well as the document body.
Finds pages that contain the specified word or phrase in the page title (which appears in the title bar of most browsers). The search title:Angels would find pages with Angels in the title.