To search Wookieepedia:
- There should be a small search box at the side of the screen, marked search, followed by Go and Search. Just type what you're looking for into the search box and press the Enter key. Or, click Go / Search.
The most important search tip is: don't search for only words in quotes. Try the search without quotes first. If that's not good enough, put as many words as possible outside the quotes or add some more to narrow the search.
External search enginesEdit
Various search engines can provide domain-specific searches, which lets you search Wookieepedia specifically. Searches are based on the text as shown by the browser, so wiki markup is irrelevant. Depending on your browser, you may also be able to use tools that allow you to search Wookieepedia using bookmarklets.
In general, external search engines are faster than a Wookieepedia search. However, because the search engine's cache is based on when the site was indexed, the search may not return newly created pages. Similarly, the search engine's cached version of the page will not be as up-to-date as the link to Wookieepedia itself.
These issues may be less of a problem when using certain search engines that process Wookieepedia differently:
- Yahoo! includes Wookieepedia as part of its content acquisition program and gets a regular datafeed.
By following the links below, you can use the Google search engine to search Wookieepedia. Google indexes all namespaces.
If you frequently search via Google, consider installing the Google Toolbar. Using the "search this site" button allows you to quickly search the English version of Wookieepedia. The official Google Toolbar is for Internet Explorer (Windows only) and for Firefox (works on all operating system platforms for which Firefox is available, such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X).
By following the link below, you can use the Yahoo! search engine to search Wookieepedia.
If you frequently search via Yahoo!, consider installing the Yahoo! Companion Toolbar. Using the "Search Only the Current Site" button allows you to quickly search the English version of Wookieepedia. The official Yahoo! Companion Toolbar is only for Windows with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Search facility of WookieepediaEdit
The native Wookieepedia search feature via the search box that appears on every Wookieepedia page is not available during peak hours or other periods of high server activity (which may last for days). Here are some hints for using it effectively:
Wookieepedia's default search mode will turn up results with any of the words in your query. For instance, search engine turns up many results containing only "search" but not "engine" or only "engine" but not "search" in addition to the ones you probably wanted, which contain both words.
To limit to results that include all words, put a "+" at the beginning of each word: +search +engine returns only pages containing both words, like Google's default mode.
You can also do a phrase search by enclosing words in quotes: "search engine" turns up a smaller set of results, which not only have both words but have them in order.
To exclude results that include some word, put a "-" at the beginning: search -engine
Avoid short and common wordsEdit
If your search terms include a common "stop word" (such as "the", "one", "your", "more", "right", "while", "when", "who", "which", "such", "every", "about") it will be ignored by the search system. If you're trying to do a phrase search or all-words-only search, this may result in returning nothing at all. Short numbers, and words that appear in half of all articles, will also not be found. In this case, drop those words and rerun the search.
Search is case-insensitive only for the first word of the entryEdit
The searches for "fortran", "Fortran" and "FORTRAN" all return the same results. If an article has a name including a mixture of capitalized and uncapitalized letters and is neither all initial cap or all lower case following the first word, searching is not case insensitive. For example, consider the article Galactic Civil War. A search for 'galactic civil war' will not find this article. However, a search for 'Galactic Civil War' will find it, as will a search for 'galactic Civil War'. Redirects can be used to work around this problem. For example, searches for any capitalization variant of 'battle of geonosis' match Battle of Geonosis which redirects the user to the actual article.
You can use some limited wildcards if you really want to. Look up "fulltext search" on http://www.mysql.com/ and look down under 'boolean search' for the details. However, wildcard searches are slower, so try not to use them too extensively.
Words with special charactersEdit
In a search for a word with a diaeresis, such as Teräs Käsi, it depends whether this ä is stored as one character or as "ä". In the first case one can simply search for Odilienberg (or Odiliënberg); in the second case it can only be found by searching for Odili, auml and/or nberg. This is actually a bug that should be fixed -- the entities should be folded into their raw character equivalents so all searches on them are equivalent.
Words in single quotesEdit
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. See the manual of style for more info.
An apostrophe is identical to a single quote, therefore Mu'ammar can be found searching for exactly that (and not otherwise). A word with apostrophe s is an exception in that it can be found also searching for the word without the apostrophe and the s.
Namespaces searched by defaultEdit
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.
Redirects can be excludedEdit
Check or uncheck the tickbox "List redirects" in "Search in namespaces" box found at the bottom of a search results page.
The source text is searchedEdit
The source text (what one sees in the edit box, also called wiki text) is searched. This distinction is relevant for piped links, for Wookieepedia:Interlanguage links (to find links to Chinese articles, search for zh, not for Zhongwen), special characters (if ê is coded as ê it is found searching for ecirc), etc.
Delay in updating the search indexEdit
For reasons of efficiency and priority, very recent changes are not always immediately taken into account in searches.
At the moment, the search engine uses an index that isn't updated at all. This is temporary.
Multi-lingual Wookieepedia search Edit
At the moment, this can only be done using Google.
Using Mozilla to automatically searchEdit
Works with: Mozilla Suite, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape 6/7, Beonex Communicator.
Mozilla, Beonex Communicator, and Netscape 6 & 7 come with a sidebar that allows a user to search the Wookieepedia site, and Firefox has a toolbar item to do the same. To install the search plugin that tells Mozilla how to search Wookieepedia, do the following:
- Go to one of the following sources of Wookieepedia search plugins. The Mycroft plugins are sometimes out of date, and plugins from the second source may work better.
- There are versions for many languages, so pick the language local to your area.
- If you can't install the search plugin automatically, the second source above lets you right-click on the plugin and save it to disk, or download a ZIP file containing all available plugins. Save the downloaded .src file in the searchplugins directory where Mozilla is installed and restart the browser to use the new plugin.
To make Wookieepedia your default search engine in Mozilla, Beonex Communicator, and Netscape 6/7:
- Go to Edit, Preferences.
- Expand the Navigator tree and choose Internet Search.
- Choose Wookieepedia as your default search engine.
With Wookieepedia selected as your default engine, searches can be conducted via the search sidebar tab, search box, or the web address bar.
Search Wookieepedia using a bookmarkletEdit
Works with: Mozilla Suite, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape 6/7, Beonex Communicator.
Wookieepedia can also be searched via a bookmarklet.
In Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps:
- Right click in the search field at the top of the page, and select "Add a Keyword for this Search".
- Enter "Wookieepedia Quicksearch" for the name.
- Enter "w" (without the quotes) for the keyword.
- Change the bookmark folder if you wish, and click "Add".
In Mozilla Suite, Netscape 6/7 and Beonex Communicator, follow these steps:
- Right click on the following web address and select "Bookmark this link": http://en.Wookieepedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=%s
- Go to Bookmarks, Manage Bookmarks. Choose the bookmark you have just created. Highlight the Bookmark and click Properties.
- In the dialogue that comes up, put a lowercase w in the keyword box.
- Click OK and close the properties box, then close the bookmark manager.
In Camino, use the Mozilla Suite directions. Use Get Info (cmd-I) in the bookmarks manager to bring up the properties dialogue.
To search, go to the web address bar, enter "w SEARCH_QUERY" (without the quotes), and press enter.
Advanced: Wookieepedia search field for Opera browserEdit
Both Opera 6 and 7 use a customizable text file called search.ini. This file should only be edited while Opera is not running. The following example replaces one of the existing pre-defined search engines. It is up to the user to avoid conflicts of shortcut key (key=). By default 'w' is taken by the download.com search, so either this or the Wookieepedia one should be changed. Furthermore the 'Search Engine ##' should be replaced with a free number: '12' is free by default. The Search.ini editor makes editing trivial (see external link).
[Search Engine ##] Name=&Wookieepedia URL=http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Search?search=%s Query= Key=w Is post=0 Has endseparator=0 Encoding=utf-8 Search Type=8
Most importantly, in 7.0, you should back up your customized search.ini because the file is overwritten by the Opera installer. This is no longer true in 7.10 and later.
In Opera 6 and 7.0, the menu accelerator letter is defined by the & in the name. In current versions the accelerator is automatically generated and may no longer be the same as the key.
More information (External Links)Edit
- Search.ini editing tool — makes it more easy to add search engines
- How to edit Opera's search.ini (recommended reading prior to hand-editing search.ini)
With the current 7.50 Preview a new kind of search has been added, which no longer requires manual editing. This will create a button on the mainbar, which can then be put anywhere you wish, even in the start panel.
See http://members.chello.nl/b.kroonspecker/opera/buttons.html for two Wookieepedia search buttons and more info.
Opera 8 Appears to take a copy of the "search.ini" and load it into an internal buffer of some type. After editing the file with your new entry you must change the "File Version" at the top of the file to allow for your changes to be seen in the browser.
Searching the page historyEdit
If you cannot find an appropriate page on WookieepediaEdit
If there is no appropriate page on Wookieepedia, consider creating a page, since you can edit Wookieepedia right now; or consider adding what you were looking for to the Requested articles page. Or if you have a question to be answered by Wookieepedia, ask it at the Senate Hall.