Searching Tips


It's easy to find the documents you want in Faulkner's data base. Just type in a few words or phrases. Try to use discriminating terms that are likely to be found only in the documents you seek. The more words you give, the better results you'll get. Here are some examples:

Search by typing words and phrases.

Gigabit Ethernet for backbone networks 

The search engine will find documents containing as many of these words and phrases as possible, ranked so that the documents most relevant to your query are presented first. Don't worry about missing a document because it doesn't have one of the words in your search -- you will be given relevant results even if they don't contain all query terms. (see use of +/- below)

Identify phrases with quotation marks, separate with comma

"IEEE 802.3", "communication standards" 

A phrase is entered using double quotation marks, and only matches those words which appear adjacent to each other. Separate multiple phrases or proper names with a comma.  This is the same as an "OR" query; it returns documents that include either the phrase "IEEE 802.3" or "communications standards" but not necessarily both phrases in the same document.

Use UPPER case to indicate exact match.

Search terms in lowercase will match words in any case, otherwise, an exact case match is used. For example, next will find matches for Next, next, and NeXT, whereas a query for NeXT will only match NeXT.

Limit your search to document titles

You can limit you search document titles only by beginning you with the "title:" operator.



(note do not insert a space after the colon)

This search will return only documents where microsoft appears in the title.

title:"enterprise network"

This search will only return documents where the phrase "enterprise network" appears in the title.

Use a require or reject operator (+,-) to refine searches

Suppose you want to retrieve reports containing the words "linksys" and  "router". Add the + sign to your query to require that the words "linksys" and "router" appear in all documents retrieved.


+linksys, +router

This query will return only reports that contain the word "linksys" and  the word "router" (This is essentially the same as an "and" query; both terms must be present for a document to be returned).

Other Examples:

+title:Microsoft, +date:20060501

will return only reports from May 2006 that contain "Microsoft" in the title.

Use the minus operator to exclude a term from your search.


+"operating system", -linux

Will return all documents that contain the phrase "operating system" but do not include the word "linux.


Find all the documents published in a particular month with the date: operator

To retrieve a list of reports published in a particular month enter the following:


This will retrieve a list of all reports published in August 2005. Enter the date in YYYYMMDD format.

Retrieve the weekly newsletters by searching on the Friday date of the week:


This will retrieve the Faulkner Flash, Cyberscape Digest and Telecom Weekly for the week ending 20060707.