Search Basics and Quirks

  1. All searches are case-insensitive. That means capitalization doesn't matter; type in your search terms in lower case, upper case, or a mixture.
  2. The search box is puny. If you run out of room in it, don't worry -- just keep typing. Even though what you've already typed will look like it's being pushed off the left side, it'll still be there and the search engine will read it.
  3. In the summaries it returns, the search engine only quotes the first three matches on each page. I suppose I could increase the number if that's really a problem.
  4. The search engine can handle some, but not all, variant Romanizations. If you don't get any hits on Korean words, try different spellings. (It knows nothing at all of Hangul.)
Single Word Search

If you just type one word in the search box and click Go, the engine will find all the instances of that word in ATESK. If you type more than one word, by default it will try to find any of those words. That is, if you type

    Cheju Seoul
You'll get all the pages which mention either Cheju or Seoul.

Requiring Words

To change that behavior, place a plus sign (+) ahead of any word that you absolutely want to be in the results. If you typed

    +Cheju +Seoul
You'd get only pages on which both those names are mentioned.

Eliminating Words

If you want to omit a certain word, place a minus sign (-) ahead of it. Typing

    +Seoul -Itaewon
would return a list of pages mentioning Seoul but not mentioning Itaewon (which is the Seoul neighborhood more or less given over to foreigners, tourists, and military types).

Exact phrases

If you want to search for an exact phrase, enclose it in double quotation marks ("). For example, typing

    "Korean standard of living"
would return pages containing those exact words in that exact order.


The search engine accepts an asterisk (*) as a wildcard character. If you typed

you'd get hits discussing contracts, containers, continuing, controls, contact, and so on. You can also put wildcards in the middle of words or phrases. You can even combine them with quotation marks and plus and minus signs. Try
    "want* h*"
and see what you get. (I don't know how useful wildcards really are, but if you can find what you want with them, great.)

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