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Search for pages which contain AT LEAST ONE of the given search terms. Click the Any word button to enable this search option.

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Search for pages which contain ALL of the given search terms. Click the All words button to enable this search option. Note that the search criteria will be satisfied if the words appear anywhere and in any order on the page and many other terms may appear between them. To find only those pages where the words appear exactly in the sequence entered, perform an exact phrase search by enclosing the sequence of search terms in quotation marks as described below.

Exact phrase searches

An exact phrase search returns results where the phrase of words are found in the same order that they are specified. For example, an exact phrase search for the words "green tea" would only return results where the phrase "green tea" appears. It would not return pages where the words "green" and "tea" are found separately, or in a different order such as, "tea green."

To specify an exact phrase search, enclose the words that form the phrase using quotation marks (").

You can combine the use of exact phrase searches with normal search terms and wildcard search terms (as described below) within a single search query (e.g., '"green tea" japan*'). Note however, that wildcards within exact phrases (e.g., "green te*") are NOT supported.

Wildcard searches

You can use wildcard characters '*' and '?' in your search terms to search for multiple words and return larger set of results.

An asterisk character ('*') in a search term represents any number of characters, while a question mark ('?') represents any single character.

Using wildcard characters you can perform advanced searches such as 'zoom*' which would return all pages containing words beginning with "zoom". Similarly, 'z??m' would return all pages containing four letter words beginning with "z" and ending with "m." Also, '*car*' would be a search for any words containing the characters "car."

Exclusion/negative searches

You can precede a search term with a hyphen character ('-') to exclude that search term from your search results. For example, a search for 'cat -dog' would return all pages containing the word "cat" but not the word "dog."

Category searches

You can restrict your search to specific types of files by choosing a defined category from the drop-down box on the top right of each page or selecting one or more categories using the check boxes near the bottom of search results pages.

The category 'Articles' refers to the text of newspaper articles that are stored as plain text on this website. OCN started publication in the year 2001. Volume 1 was published in 2001, Volume 2 was published in 2002, and so forth. The web addresses for web pages containing articles show the volume and issue number in the form "vYnM.htm" where Y is the volume number, which is the number of the year minus 2000, and M is the issue number, which is the number of the month. For example, the web address for the page containing the articles from the January 8, 2011 issue is www.ocn.me/v11n1.htm

The category 'Pages' refers to individual pages from the printed newspapers. Those pages are stored as Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files with names of the form vYnM P.pdf where Y is the volume number, which is number of the year minus 2000, and M is the issue number, which is the number of the month, and P is the page number. Note that there is one space between the issue number M and the page number P. For example, the name of the PDF file containing page 5 from the January 8, 2011 issue is "v11n1 5.pdf."

Note that searching the 'Pages' category can often be used to find the content of ads in the paper; however, some ads are prepared as graphic images and so ad-related search terms will not be found even in a search of the 'Pages' category.

The category 'Other' refers to files on this website that are neither 'Articles' nor 'Pages'. Those include Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint files, and PDF files other than individual newspaper pages (including large PDF files containing entire issues). Note that some PDF files on this website are very large and may require quite awhile to download. File sizes are shown in the search results entries.

Sort by relevance/Sort by date

The score representing the relevance of each page in the search results is based on the number of search terms matched on the page and where the search terms were found on the page.

The date for each page found is determined by the date of publication of the associated issue or, in the event the page is not related to one specific issue of the newspaper, the last modified date and time for that particular page.


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