Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia:Searching

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Introduction

You will find a Search Engine "box" on every article/web page here. Enter a search term into that box and click either the "Go" or "Search" button below that box. The "Go" feature leads you directly to the sole article, page or image with the exact title of your search term. But if no page/image exists containing the exact title of your search term, you will instead get a list of pages containing your search term.

For example, if you are searching for "Jack Dempsey," the "Go" button (the default option; see The ENTER Key info below, under "Basic Search Tips") will lead you directly to Dempsey's page, without offering you other possible BoxRec Encyclopedia pages about Jack Dempsey, because his page is labeled simply as "Jack Dempsey."

Also consider placing your search phrase within parentheses (such as "New York Journal American") if you want the search results to be limited to that phrase. Otherwise, the search results for New York Journal American will include pages containing the words or phrases New York, Journal, American, and so forth.

Clicking on the "Search" button, however, instead of the "Go" button, provides you a list of all articles containing your search term. Unlike "Go," you are not linked directly to the page labeled with your search term, assuming one exists. Using this feature, instead of "Go" (again, which is the default), will provide you a list of all pages containing your search term. So, for the "Jack Dempsey" example given earlier, using the "Search" instead of "Go" will offer you all Encyclopedia pages about Dempsey. Note: You can narrow or broaden the scope of articles searched by clicking on the various boxes at the top of the "search results" page.

This search feature is an extremely useful research tool. Not only can you locate a particular boxer’s page by entering his/her name in the search box, but all other references made to that boxer in any other BoxRec Encyclopedia article -- including all other images, if any, of that boxer. Or maybe you want to learn what boxers Jack Kearns managed. Put his name in the search field, and see what articles appear.

Of course, the search engine is not limited to finding boxers' pages. You can also locate text and images of countless other subjects -- such as boxing venues, magazines, and so forth. As with the example mentioned above -- of searching for all other article references to a particular boxer -- you can find any other page references to the subject you have entered into the search box.

What Links Here: Also consider clicking on the "What Links Here" link, found in the "Toolbox" section of every page.

Search Engine Limitations:

  1. The search engine limits its search to articles/web pages within this BoxRec Boxing Encyclopedia. It does not search other Wikipedia articles.
  2. Nor does it search the BoxRec.com database. (The BoxRec database is primarily a compilation of Fight Records of professional boxers; it also contains "records" of referees, judges, promoters and so forth.) To search the BoxRec.com database via a number of options, you should go to its Home Page. Explanations of the various BoxRec search options are provided on our BoxRec.com page. If you are searching this Encyclopedia for a particular boxer, and his/her name does not appear in the results, that probably means a page had not yet been created for that person. However, s/he may be in the BoxRec database. So, you should consider doing a name search there. (But, again, that database concerns professional boxers only -- not purely amateur or bare-knuckle boxers, who are included in this Boxing Encyclopedia.)
  3. If you are looking for a particular bout in this Wikipedia and cannot find it, that "Fight Page" may not yet have been created. You may then wish to go to the BoxRec database itself, and look for the fight by performing a date search or going to one of the two opponents' fight records. Then click on the "blue book" icon Book-closed.gif.
  4. The search engine ignores text generated as a result of inserting the "fight code." (The fight code is described in detail on the Help Page.) When an Editor inserts the "fight code" into a page here, that code automatically generates the date of the bout, opponents, weights and result among other things. Such as: 2004-04-10 : Lamon Brewster 226 lbs beat Wladimir Klitschko 243 lbs by TKO at 3:00 in round 5 of 12 The search engine ignores (cannot "read") this text when performing a search. So, someone performing a search for bouts that featured "Wladimir Klitschko" -- by inserting those words into the search box -- will not get any page results where those words were generated by fight code.
  5. The same thing holds true for text generated by "human codes" -- also described in detail on the Help Page. The search engine will ignore a human's hometown of "Bethnal Green" in his profile, for example, if that text phrase was created by an Editor entering only a boxer code.

Basic Search Tips

Borrowed & adapted from the main Wikipedia Site

The ENTER Key
Pressing the [Enter] key while the search field is active is equivalent to clicking on the [Go] button.

Limiting/Expanding Results
Wikipedia's default search mode will turn up results with both of the words in your query. For instance, the phrase search engine only turns up results which contain both words.

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 minus sign "-" at the beginning: search -engine

You can use a wildcard "*" (or %) for the engine to list words which have the same beginning but different endings: sear* engine; search eng*; sear* eng*; sea%; sear% eng%...

Search is case-insensitive for each word of the entry

Any combination of capitalized and noncapitalized letters will turn up the same results: search engine; SEARCH ENGINE; sEaRcH eNgInE


A good place to begin locating particular subjects is the List of Categories.
See also, Research Resources

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