How do i find what i'm looking for?
The quickest way to find information here is to look it up directly. On the left-hand side of your screen there is a Search box with two buttons under it labeled "Go" and "Search". Just type something into the box, like Money, and press enter or click the Go button. This will take you directly to our article on Money.
The search only applies to the namespaces selected in the user's preferences. To search the other namespaces check or uncheck the tickboxes in "Search in namespaces" box found at the bottom of a search results page. Depending on the browser, a box may still be checked from a previous search, but without being effective any longer! To make sure, uncheck and recheck it.
Searching the image namespace means searching the image descriptions, i.e. the first parts of the image description pages.
Tips for effective searches
Go is case sensitive
The "go" function uses an algorithm to decide what page you're likely to be interested in, and this usually masks its case sensitivity - but not always. Avoid short and common words.
If your search terms include a common stop word (such as the, your, more, right, while, when, who, which, such, every, about), you may see many irrelevant results.
Be careful about limited wildcards, as they take a toll on the server.
Words in single quotes
If a word appears in an article with single quotes, you can only find it if you search for the word with quotes. Since this is rarely desirable, it is better to use double quotes in articles for which this problem does not arise.
An apostrophe is identical to a single quote. A word with 's is an exception in that it can be found also by searching for the word without the apostrophe and the s.
WikEh? is a Wikipedian-friendly search engine that searches the articles you want fast. It also searches images that are on Wikipedia. Users can give it a try by clicking on the link below.
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