TKB Custom Search Engine & Google Search Operators
For this tutorial, I tested every advanced search operator I could think of that would be useful for TKB users, and gave specific examples of how they can used with the TKB Custom Search Engine. Click on the example links below and it will pull up that search.
Force an exact-match search. Use this to refine results for ambiguous searches, or to exclude synonyms when searching for single words.
Search for X and Y. This will return only results related to both X and Y. Note: It doesn’t really make much difference for regular searches, as Google defaults to “AND” anyway. But it’s very useful when paired with other operators.
Proximity search. Find results containing two words or phrases within X words of each other. For this example, the words “definition” and “bodhichitta” must be present in the content and no further than 2 words apart. In the other example, the words “ignorance” and “link” must be present in the content and no further than 5 words apart. This would be very useful for searching for all the references of ignorance in the context of the links of dependent origination in the Wheel of Life.
In this example, if you want to get even more sophisticated in your search you can combine search operator methods. Forcing an exact-match search of the Tibetan “Dang Po Ma Rig Pa” within 8 lines proximity of karma.
Limit results to those from a specific website. This TKB custom search engine is currently configured to search only 2 specific web addresses (http://texts.10000booksofwisdom.com and www.theknowledgebasearchive.com/files), however there may certainly be occasions where you’d want to restrict your search to only one.