Search PDF Titles
Use this page to conduct searches on the titles of SEP entries.
- When you enter a query string in the search box,
the autocomplete feature attempts to match any partial
string entered to every title containing that partial string. By
contrast, the search function (i.e., the result of clicking
on the Search button) attempts to find an exact match between the
string entered and full (pre-indexed) words in entry titles. Examples:
- The query string Rus autocompletes to the entry titles Bertrand Russell, Russell's Logical Atomism, Russell's Moral Philosophy, and Russell's Paradox, but a search on the query string Rus matches no entry titles.
- The query string Russell autocompletes to all the entry titles just mentioned, but a search on Russell matches only to the entry title Bertrand Russell. (Russell does not exactly match the word Russell's in the other entry titles.)
- All searches are case insensitive: the query string plotinus matches to the title Plotinus.
- Each term in a multiple-term query string is an optional match (i.e., the search function finds titles that match any term in the multi-term string): the query string free will matches to the title The Free Rider Problem in addition to the titles Free Will, Hume on Free Will, Foreknowledge and Free Will, etc.
- Double-quote a multi-term query string to require each term to match: the query string "free will" (including the quotes) matches to the titles Free Will, Hume on Free Will, Foreknowledge and Free Will, etc., but not to the title The Free Rider Problem.
- Preface a term in a query string with + (-) to find titles must (not) include words that match the term: the string +Free -Will matches to the title The Free Rider Problem but not to the titles on Free Will.
- Use ASCII equivalents for characters with diacritical marks: Godel matches to the title Kurt Gödel.
- An asterisk (*) works as postfix wildcard only: the string Bertran* matches to the title Bertrand Russell but the string *ertrand fails to match this title.