Welcome to your go-to-guide on the Search function.
- Creating a Search
- Boolean Search Language
- How to refine your Search Results
- Quick Tools for your Articles
- How to find a Missing Article
- Social Media Searching
Creating a Search
Check out this product tutorial which will walk you through these steps on your screen!
- Start on the Search Tab
- Select one of the two content types, News or Social, in the drop-down box (default selection is News).
- Enter a word or phrase into the Search box and press Enter to create a list of searchable keywords or phrases. Click search.
- Use the three Keyword boxes to specify the words you want to include/exclude from your search (below the Keyword boxes you will see that we suggest keywords to further refine your search. You can drag and drop these words into any of the Keywords boxes. You can also manually add words by clicking into any one of the Keyword boxes and typing in your entry).
- Adjust the Date Range and Source Selection to broaden or narrow your results.
- Click Save or Update Search Results when finished.
The example below will return content that must include "apple" but only if it also includes "watch" or "iwatch". To limit the risk of false positives we've added exclusion terms for "apple sauce", "apple juice" and "apple orchard" or "apple orchards" (the asterisk * is a wildcard).
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Boolean Search Language
In addition to the simple search with three boxes to get you started, Meltwater uses Boolean search logic to structure more indepth keywords to refine your search results to your needs. Boolean is a type of search that allows you to combine keywords with operators (or modifiers) such as AND, NOT and OR (to name a few) to produce more relevant results.
Learn how to master Boolean search logic in our three-part series via this article here.
How to Refine your Search Results
There are three main ways to refine the results within your searches:
1. Boolean Search Logic
2. Date Range
Each search allows you to view up to a year at a time, to view content from beyond the last 12 months be sure to change the end date to the past. For example, August 1st 2018 - July 31st 2019.
For further details on how to refine a search using the sourcebase or to build a custom list of publications to track across please review this article here.
If the search you are running is returning too many results to sort through or perhaps your brand name gets a lot of coverage, please review this article here for tips on how to search for articles where your brand is featured.
Quick Tools for your Articles
Now that you've found your articles, there are a group of Quick Tools to help you share and further understand this content. These can be loaded by using the tick box (1) or via the three dots next to each article (2).
Share - Allows you to share this article via email to another email address
Create Impact Report - This is report into how the topic of this article has been presented across online and social media recently. Please see further details about Impact Reports via this article.
Translate - Through Google Translate, this article's webpage will be translated into other languages available for selection.
Export Content - You'll shortly be emailed an Excel spreadsheet of the content that has been selected. If you are using a MAC without Excel, please see troubleshooting steps for exporting content via this article here.
Hide - Removes the article selected from your results across the whole platform. Note that this includes other searches and reporting. Please see a screen tour of how this works within the platform via this link.
How to find a Missing Article
Content not appearing in your search when you were expecting it to? There could be a few reasons this occurs, please review this article on how find a missing article here.
Social Media Searching
With hashtags, colloquial phrases used and an ever increasing number of posts featuring across social media platform, refining your social media results may need the use of additional Boolean phrases.
Please review this article on how to search by author or publisher across social media here.
The Social Media sources available to track for keywords across will depend on your subscription. To learn more about which social media platforms are included in your search results, please review this article here.
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