The search engine on dal.ca uses a Google Search Appliance, so any advanced search operators
that you might have used on google.ca will probably work here. Here are some that you may find useful:
Phrase search ("")
Placing double quotes around a set of words will narrow your results to those containing the exact phrase, e.g.
Excluding terms (-)
Placing a minus sign immediately before a word indicates that you do not want pages
containing this word to appear in your results. For example, the following query will
return pages containing the word "science," but not the word "computer":
Wildcard searches (*)
The * character act as a placeholder in your search. If you include * within a query,
our search engine will try to fill in the blanks for you with the best matches. e.g.
a search for
undergraduate * program
will return results referencing the undergraduate marine program, undergraduate English program,
and other undergraduate programs.
Exact match (+)
Using the + operator in your search will return results that match the exact term, as you typed it,
without synonyms or variations of the term. e.g. a search for
will not return pages that match the search term "registrar"
The OR operator
By default, all search terms are included in a search. If you want to specifically allow either one of several
words, you can use the OR operator. e.g.
undergraduate OR graduate
will return pages referencing either undergraduate or graduate, but not pages that contain both.