Site Search Help

The site search feature on MinnesotaFunFacts.com utilizes Google’s Custom Search technology. This is the same technology used for a Google search at google.com. The following information provides some insight for producing the best search results.

Key Takeaways

  • If a search term does produce any results, then use fewer search words or broaden the search. For example a search for “1919 toaster” produces zero results, but a search using only the word “toaster” will produce results.
  • Be sure to use the correct spelling for the topic you are searching for. Incorrectly spelled words will not produce the desired search result. If you need help with spelling, just do a search at www.dictionary.com for the correct spelling of that term or word.
  • Searches are NOT case sensitive. Upper or lower case spellings will produce the same search results.
  • Wildcards (*) are not recognized in a Google Custom Search.
  • Only the exact words entered into the search box will be searched for. For example if you search for minnesota twins, then any page that includes both words “minnesota” AND “twins” will show up in the search results list.

Phrase Search
Phrase searches are recognized in Google Custom Search. For example, if you only want to find information about the Mall of America, then use the search term “mall of america” (surrounded by quotes) into the search box.

If quotes were not used in the above search, then any page that includes all search words (“mall”, “of “, and “america”) will show up in the search results listing and will not produce the expected result.

“AND” Searches
By default, Google returns those pages that include all entered search terms. There is no need to include “and” between terms. To broaden or restrict the search, include fewer or more terms.

”OR” Searches
Google supports the logical “OR” operator. To retrieve pages that include either word A or word B, use an uppercase “OR” between terms. The following search will return results for offices in either London or Paris.

Excluding Specific Words
You can exclude specific words from your search results by placing a minus sign (“-“) in front of the term that you want to exclude. Make sure you include a space before the minus sign.

Additional Help
If you need any additional help finding a specific topic, please be sure to contact us with your request. We will get back to you as soon as possible.