SBCSearch Help & Instructions
How to use SBCSearch
SBCSearch supports two types
of search requests.
1. Natural Language Search
- is any sequence of text, like a sentence or a question. After
a natural language search, SBCSearch sorts the results by their
relevance to your search request.
2. Boolean Search - consists
of a group of words or phrases linked by boolean connectors
like AND and OR.
|faith and prayer
||Both words must
|cp or cpmissions
||Either words can
|churches and not
must be present
|seminary w/5 professor
shows up within 5 words of professor
|seminary not w/5
does not show up within 5 words of students
|If you would like
to use more than one boolean connector, you can use a parenthesis
to indicate the precedence of operation. For example:
(faith and prayer) or grace
Word Searching or Fuzzy Search
Fuzzy searching will find a word
even if it is misspelled. For example, a fuzzy search for apple
will find appple. Fuzzy searching can be useful when you are
searching text that may contain typographical errors, or for
text that has been scanned using optical character recognition
(OCR). There are two ways to add fuzziness to searches:
Enable fuzziness for all of the
words in your search request. You can adjust the level of fuzziness
from 1 to 10.
You can also add fuzziness selectively
using the % character. The number of % characters you add determines
the number of differences dtSearch will ignore when searching
for a word.
The position of the % characters
determines how many letters at the start of the word have to
match exactly. Examples:
ba%nana Word must begin with ba
and have at most one difference between it and banana.
b%%anana Word must begin with b and have at most two differences
between it and banana.
Variations or Stemming
Stemming extends a search to cover
grammatical variations on a word. For example, a search for
fish would also find fishing. A search for applied would also
find applying, applies, and apply. There are two ways to add
stemming to your searches:
Check the Stemming box in the search
form to enable stemming for all of the words in your search
request. Stemming does not slow searches noticeably and is almost
always helpful in making sure you find what you want.
If you want to add stemming selectively,
add a ~ at the end of words that you want stemmed in a search.
Searching or Phonic Searching
Phonic searching looks for a word
that sounds like the word you are searching for and begins with
the same letter. For example, a phonic search for Smith will
also find Smithe and Smythe.
To ask dtSearch to search for a
word phonically, put a # in front of the word in your search
request. Examples: #smith, #johnson
You can also check the Phonic searching
box in the search form to enable phonic searching for all words
in your search request. Phonic searching is somewhat slower
than other types of searching and tends to make searches over-inclusive,
so it is usually better to use the # symbol to do phonic searches
Words, Phrases or Sentences or Natural
A natural language search request
is any combination of words, phrases, or sentences. After a
natural language search, SBCSearch sorts retrieved documents
by their relevance to your search request. Weighting of retrieved
documents takes into account: the number of documents each word
in your search request appears in (the more documents a word
appears in, the less useful it is in distinguishing relevant
from irrelevant documents); the number of times each word in
the request appears in the documents; and the density of hits
in each document. Noise words and search connectors like NOT
and OR are ignored.
Use the AND connector in a search
request to connect two expressions, both of which must be found
in any document retrieved. For example:
faith and prayer would retrieve
any document that contained both phrases.
Use the OR connector in a search
request to connect two expressions, at least one of which must
be found in any document retrieved.
cp or cpmissions would retrieve
any document that contained cp, cpmissions, or both.
Use the W/n connector in a search
request to specify that the first word or phrase mush occur
within n words of the second word or phrase.
seminary w/5 professor would
retrieve any documents that have seminary within 5 words of
You can combine AND and OR with
the W/n connector to produce a complex search expression.
(teacher or professor) w/5 seminary
(teacher w/5 seminary) w/10 students
Some types of expression will produce
ambiguous results and therefore cannot be used or relied upon
to produce valid search results.
(teacher and professor) w/10
(school and seminary)
Rather, the search expression connected
with W/n must be a single word or a phrase connected by the
OR connector. The above example should be:
(teacher and professor) w/10
(school or seminary)
NOT and NOT
Use NOT in front of any search
expression to reverse its meaning. This is equivalent to exluding
those documents from the search.
sunday school and not college
NOT can be used in front of a word
to retrieve all documents that did not contain the word.
not baptist press
If NOT is not the first word in
a request, you'll need to use either AND or OR with NOT.
school and not seminary
Unlike the W/n operator, the NOT
W/n is not symmetrical. For example: seminary w/5 professor
is not the same as professor w/5 seminary.
Words and Phrases
You do not need to use any special
punctuation or commands to search for a phrase. Simply enter
the phrase the way it ordinarily appears. You can use a phrase
anywhere in a search request. Example:
If a phrase contains a noise word,
SBCSearch will skip over the noise word when searching for it.
For example, a search for statue of liberty would retrieve any
document containing the word statue, any intervening word, and
the word liberty.
(* and ?)
A search word can contain the wildcard
characters * and ?. A ? in a word matches any single character,
and a * matches any number of characters. The wildcard characters
can be in any position in a word. For example:
appl* would match apple, application,
*cipl* would match principle, participle,
appl? would match apply and apple
but not apples.
ap*ed would match applied, approved,
Use of the * wildcard character
near the beginning of a word will slow searches somewhat.
Advance Search Requests
Search words and phrases may also
include the following special characters.
||Matches any single
character. Example: seminar? matches seminary or seminars
||Matches any number
of characters. Example: afghan* matches afghanistan
apply~ matches apply, applies, applied
Minor misspellings of the word will also be found.
||Search words that
sound alike and begin with same letter. Example: #smith
matches smith, smythe
range. Example: 12~~24 matches 18
weighting. Example: seminary:5 w/5 professor:1