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Search Engine Math Commands Search Assistance Features
Power Search Commands Customization and display Features

 

Search Engine Math Commands

Command

How

Supported By

Must
Include
Term

+

All

Must
Exclude
Term

-

All

Must Include
Phrase

" "

All

Match
All
Terms

Automatic
at

All

Match
Any
Terms

Via Advanced Search

AllTheWeb, AltaVista, Google,
Lycos, MSN Search, Teoma, Yahoo
(HotBot offers but failed to work when tested)

OR

AltaVista, AOL Search, Ask Jeeves,
Google, HotBot, MSN Search, Teoma, Yahoo
(must be done in ALL CAPS)
AllTheWeb, Lycos
(only works for two words)

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Power Searching Commands

Command

How

Supported By

Title Search
(Updated March 11, 2003)

title:

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Inktomi

intitle:

 Google
Teoma

allintitle:

Google

Site
Search

host:

AltaVista

site:

Excite, Google (Netscape, Yahoo)

url.host:

AllTheWeb,
Lycos (for AllTheWeb results only)

domain:

Inktomi (HotBot, iWon, LookSmart)

none

AOL, Direct Hit, HotBot, LookSmart, Lycos, MSN, Netscape, Northern Light, Open Directory, Yahoo

URL Search

url:

AltaVista, Excite, Northern Light

url.all:

AllTheWeb,
Lycos (for AllTheWeb results only)

allinurl:
inurl:

Google

originurl:

Inktomi
(AOL, GoTo, HotBot)

u:

Yahoo

none

 AOL, Direct Hit, HotBot, LookSmart, MSN
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
Open Directory

Link Search

link:

AltaVista, Google, Northern Light

linkdomain:

Inktomi (AOL, HotBot, iWon, MSN)
(NOTE: measures links to entire domains)

link.all:

AllTheWeb,
Lycos (for AllTheWeb results only)

none

AOL, Direct Hit, Excite, HotBot, LookSmart,
Northern Light
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
Netscape, Yahoo (n/a)

Wildcard

*

AltaVista, Inktomi (iWon), Northern Light
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
Yahoo

?

AOL Search, Inktomi (iWon)

%

Northern Light

none

AllTheWeb, Direct Hit, Excite, Google, HotBot, LookSmart, Lycos, MSN
(MSN's help says it offers wildcard,
but it failed to during testing)

Anchor Search

anchor:

AltaVista

None

AllTheWeb, AOL Search, Direct Hit, Excite, Google, Inktomi, HotBot, Lycos

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Search Assistance Features

Feature

Offered By

Related Searches

 AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Excite, HotBot, Lycos, MSN, Yahoo
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
iWon

Clustering

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Excite, Google,
HotBot, MSN, Northern Light

Find Similar

AltaVista, AOL Search, Google

Stemming

AOL Search, Direct Hit, HotBot, Inktomi (HotBot, MSN)

Search Within

AltaVista, Google, HotBot, Lycos

Spidered Version

Google

Search By Language

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Excite, Google,
HotBot, Lycos, MSN, Northern Light

Page Translation

AltaVista, Google, Lycos

Porn Filter

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Google

Porn Warning

HotBot, MSN, Northern Light

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Customization & Display Features

Feature

Supported By

Number Of
Listings Shown
(10 unless noted)

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, AOL Search (5), Direct Hit,
Excite, Google, HotBot, LookSmart (15),
Lycos, MSN (15), Northern Light
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
iWon, Netscape, Yahoo (20)

Ability To Increase Number Of Listings?

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Excite, Google, HotBot, MSN
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
Yahoo

See 20 Results

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Excite, Google, HotBot, MSN
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
Yahoo

See 50 Results

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Excite, Google, HotBot, MSN
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
Yahoo

See 100 Results

AllTheWeb, Google, HotBot, 
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
Yahoo

Sort By Date

MSN Search, Northern Light

Date Range

AltaVista, Google, HotBot, MSN, Northern Light
Not yet updated, but may be still correct:
iWon, Yahoo

Date Displayed?

AltaVista, HotBot (for Inktomi results),
Northern Light

Display Titles Only?

AltaVista, Excite, HotBot (URLs only option), MSN

Other Major Customize Options

AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Google

 

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