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Subject: Searching more accurately
Date Posted: 11/18/2007 9:09 PM ET
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Is there a way to search for a book title or publisher by just wanting the results that have the exact title I searched for?

 

Normally in Google, I would just put the search query in quotations, but it doesn't seem to work here.  I also tried connecting the words with AND, but no luck.  Any help?

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 9:23 PM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2007
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The "advanced search" under the "search" tab gives you those choices and more.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 9:41 PM ET
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Yeah I've been searching from there, but I was wondering if there was a more accurate way of searching for a publisher/title/author etc.

 

For ex., I was searching for Penguin Classics in the publisher field, but I got both Penguin Classics books and Penguin Non-Classics books.  I believe the search operates by finding books with a publisher that has both "penguin" and "classics" in the name, and I just want Penguin Classics results instead of Penguin Non-Classics.  Any tips?

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 10:46 PM ET
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I don't think what you want is possible.  You're right about the way it appears to work, and I don't think traditional Boolean parameters apply here.  I think the only thing you can do to limit results would be to supply more info (date of pub, etc) but that won't affect the Classics v Non-Classics issue.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 11:44 PM ET
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Hmm, that's lame.  Oh well, I'll have to parse through weird Penguin Non-Classic books.

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:32 AM ET
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It's not as good as the Google search, but it's certainly not lame, especially if the programmers put 100+ hours into the search engine alone, which would be realistic if they built it from scratch.