We’ve just released a major upgrade to the search capabilities, providing much faster search results and the ability to construct complex queries.
Try it out here.
1. Advanced Search
You can use the Advanced search function to construct complex queries. The free-text search options are: ‘All of these words’; ‘Any of these words’; and ‘None of these words’. You can also refine searches by: Country; Status; and Founded year.
2. Using Symbols & Operators in the Top Search Bar
You can also use specific symbols and operators to construct queries directly in the top search bar.
* Add an asterisk as a placeholder for an unknown beginning or ending to a word
Example: *water – will return results such as wastewater
Example: water* – will return results such as waterfall
“ When you put a phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as the ones inside the quotes. Example “waste water” – will return results with that specific phrase but not match on a result that includes text such as ‘…we remove waste from water…’
OR Find results that use one of several words.
Example: filtration OR filter – will return results that contain either the word ‘filtration’ or ‘filter’
AND Find results that include several words.
Example: water AND filter – will return results that contain both the word ‘water’ and ‘filter’
NOT Find results that do not include certain words.
Example: water AND filter NOT Air – Will return results that contain both the word ‘water’ and ‘filter’ except if they also contain the word ‘air’
Since: Find companies that were founded since a certain year.
Example: Since:2010 will return only companies founded in 2010 or later.
To: Find companies that were founded up to a certain year.
Example: To:2014 will return only companies founded in 2014 or earlier.
Note: Companies that do not yet have a founded year will not be included in results where a start or end founded year has been set.
The other filter options in the Advanced tab also have corresponding operators although it is generally much easier to set these filters from within the advanced tab.
Country: Filter the results for a specific country.
Note: Companies that do not yet have a country will not be included in results where a Country filter has been set.
Status: Filter the results for a specific company status.
Example: Status:Deadpool – Only shows company’s that are out of business.
Note: Companies that do not yet have a status will not be included in results where a Status filter has been set.
DataSet: Filter these results for companies that are within a specific data set. If multiple Filter operators are added to a search it will return results that are within ALL of those data sets. So the more filters you add, the smaller the universe of companies you will be searching across.
3. Search Speed
Search results are now returned much more quickly, in under a second in most cases.