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Developer Guide (API Version 2013-08-01)

Power Search Tips

Avoid common problems with power search keywords.

Exact Matches

The title-begins keyword requires exact matches. The following examples return different results.

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title-begins:I title-begins:I*

The first example will return books with the letter "I" as the first word in the title, such as I, Robot. It will not return a book that begins with the letter "I," such as Isabel.

The second example will return both books. This behavior also applies to the following keywords:

  • author

  • author-begins

  • author-exact

  • title

  • title-words-begin

Discarded Search Words

The search engine automatically discards common words, such as "A" and "The."

For example, if you use either of the following keyword:value pairs, title-begins:A or title-begins:The, you will get zero results, because the search engine discards those words when searching titles. This behavior also applies to the following keywords:

  • author

  • author-begins

  • author-exact

  • title

  • title-words-begin