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Searching Cisco Press

Searching Cisco Press

Searching Cisco Press

Basic Search Process

You can search specific documents or multiple documents at this site. Use your browser's Find function to locate text within individual documents. To search for text in multiple documents, use the Search capability provided at this site as follows:

  1. Click Search on the document button bar.

  2. Enter the search string in the input area. The simplest search string is a single word consisting of alphanumeric characters. If you want to use special characters, enclose your term in quotes.
    For example, if you wanted to search for information about Frame Relay, you would enter the following: Frame Relay. Searches can be performed on a single group of words or phrases. Groups of words must be separated by a comma (,). This works as an AND function in the search engine.
    For example, if you enter the following, the search engine will look for the words 7000 AND memory, regardless of where they occur in a document: 7000, memory.
    However, if you enter the following, it is interpreted as a phrase, and the search engine will look for the phrase 7000 memory: 7000 memory. If these words are contained in a document but do not appear together, the document will not be found in this type of search.
    An example of using multiple keywords with special characters follows: ATM, MCI.

  3. Define the scope of your search. You can choose to search all of the Training CD or you can select subsets of the data from the list displayed. You can also select multiple subsets for your search.

  4. Click Search to execute the search and display a list of hypertext links to the search hits.

  5. Select an item in the search hit list to display the document.

  6. Click the buttons at the right of the toolbar to move to the next or previous search hit in the current document.

When you click Search, the search engine scans the data specified and generates a weighted list of the documents that include the words or phrases specified.

The weighting is a score of how close the engine thinks the document will fit your request based on factors that include the following:

The Search Results page also provides hot links to the documents found, listed by title or subject. After the subject is the size of the document.

Boolean Commands

The search engine can accept a rich set of commands, although in most cases, the examples provided above will suffice. The search engine will also accept boolean commands such as AND and OR. These must be enclosed in angle brackets For example, 2500 <AND> RSRB will look for documents containing both 2500 and RSRB, but not necessarily together in the same phrase. In addition, 2500 <OR> RSRB will look for documents containing either 2500 or RSRB.


The search engine can also interpret stemming. Stemming is defined by using a single quote. This means that you can type a root word such as: config and the search engine will search for words beginning with config, such as configure, configuring and configuration. You can use stemming words in combinations with other words and phrases to narrow your search. For example, by typing the following, you can tell the search engine to find all documents containing configure, configuring, or configuration along with the phrase Cisco 4000: `config', Cisco 4000.


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