Search Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get the best results from the search engine?
If you're having trouble finding a specific article, here are a few advanced techniques to try:
- The search engine will look for every word you use in your search. So try to use as few words as possible, but be as specific as possible.
- Enclose your search terms within quotation marks to search for an exact phrase (for example:
"boston medical center").
- To find an article from a specific date, you can use the inurl command with the numerical values of YYYY/MM/DD (for example,
inurl:2004/02/12would find articles from April 2, 2012).
- You can also use the minus sign to exclude a word (for example,
apple -ipadwould give you stories about apples that don't mention the iPad").
- Capitalization and punctuation don't matter
- You can also use the advanced techniques supported by Google, which powers our search engine.
How do I find an article that was published in the Boston Globe?
Since September 2011, most content published in the printed Boston Globe is now available online at BostonGlobe.com, where it can be found by searching or going to the "Today's Paper" section. Selected stories are still available in full on Boston.com and will be found by our search engine.
From 2004 until 2011, most Boston Globe stories were published on Boston.com and will be found in this search.
For stories published from 1874 until 2004, the Boston Globe Archive has a separate search engine where you can pay to view articles (Globe subscribers can access the archive free by logging in on the subscriber archive access page.