• How do I use the Search feature?
• What can I do to get better Search results?
• What types of Search Options are available?
How do I use the Search feature?
At the top and bottom of every web page on CBS News, you'll see a search field like the one above. Just type in a keyword (human) or phrase (human rights) and click on the Search button to get a web page with links to content matching your request.
What can I do to get better Search results?
Be as specific as possible when choosing keywords and phrases for your search. For instance, the phrase (car insurance) will provide a more concise and relevant list of results than typing the keywords (insurance) or (car) if you are looking for information about insurance for a vehicle.
Spelling is important. A misspelled word may return results that omit relevant matches or may provide content that does not match your intended search at all. For instance, if you are interested in information about a specific aquatic animal and mistakenly entered (seel) - a word meaning "to close" instead of (seal) - the word for "an aquatic sea mammal", it's unlikely that you will get relevant search results.
Capitalization does not matter when entering a search. Searches for (Super Bowl) and (super bowl) will return the same results.
You can also use search options available near each search field on CBS News web pages.
What types of Search Options are available?
Stories, Videos, Blogs, and The Web:
You can choose to narrow your search to Stories, Videos, Blogs or The Web by selecting an option in the drop down box to the left of the search field. When you do a search, it will restrict the results to contain only that content. For instance, selecting Videos and then doing a search will provide a list of CBS News videos, and not stories or blogs.
You may also want to search the entire web for content. This particular search will return results that include content from CBS News as well as anything available on the internet matching your request.
Show Search Options:
To the right of each Search field, you'll see a link labeled "Show Search Options". Click on it to display additional options below the search field. You can use these options to refine your search request. If you do not want to see these options, click on "Hide Search Options".
You can focus your search results on a particular news category or television show. The search results will provide content available within the news category or television show you selected. You can choose from the following:
• All of CBSNews.com
• The Early Show
• CBS Evening News
• 48 Hours
• 60 Minutes
Match - You can create a search request that will include:
All words -
The results will contain every word you entered in the search field. For instance, if you searched for (blue fish tournament), the search results will contain content that includes all of these words in it regardless of how they are ordered.
Any words - The results will contain some of the words you entered in the search field. For instance, the search results for (blue fish tournament) could contain just blue, or fish, or tournament or any combination of these words but not necessarily all of the words.
Exact phrase - The results will contain the identical words and their order exactly as you entered the words in the search field. For instance, the search results for (blue fish tournament) will only return matches to content that contain this exact phrase and word order.
Sort - You can organize the results by:
Organizes the search results with the most recent content first and older content later.
Relevance - Organizes the search results based on how closely your search criterion matches the content requested. A search engine formula will display the content that matches your request the most followed by other related content.