Search Help and Tips

Quick Tips

  • Searches are not case-sensitive. Example: “Gbps” will find results for gbps, GBPS, and/or Gbps
  • Use quotation marks to indicate an exact phrase. Example: “white paper”
  • Use + in front of a term to require it. Example: mpls +security
  • Use - in front of a term to exclude results with that term. Example: jobs -America
  • Separate unrelated proper names with a comma. Example: Kevin Johnson, Pradeep Sindhu

Search Syntax Summary

Operator Action Example

“term1 term2 ...”

Specifies that the terms should be adjacent

“ssl vpn”


Specifies that this term is required

+ssl +vpn


Specifies that this term should be excluded

-ssl vpn

Wildcard characters *, ?

Wildcards query terms on across multiple and single terms, according to regular expression syntax:

‘*’ spans multiple terms

‘?’ spans a single character

secur* matches “secure” and “security”

MX* matches MX5, MX80, MX960, etc.

T??? matches T320 and T640 but not T1600


Search Tips

When searching, use terms that are likely to be unique to the documents you want to find. The more terms you use, the more accurate the search results are. Here are some examples.

Search by typing words and phrases

backbone router forwarding performance

The search finds documents containing as many of these words and phrases as possible, ranked so that the documents most-relevant to your query are presented first. You won’t miss a document that doesn’t have one of the words in your search because the search engine returns all relevant documents, even if they don’t contain all of your query terms.

Identify phrases with quotation marks, separate phrases with commas

“backbone router”, “forwarding performance”

A phrase is entered using double quotation marks and only matches those documents in which the words appear adjacent to each other. If you are looking for documents with more than one phrase, separate each exact phrase with a comma.