How to do a Simple Geography Based SearchThis page covers how to do a geography based search. You can probably just look at the images and read the text on the images to figure it out (if you don't want all of the details).
The lessons learned here can be expanded into doing any kind of advanced search. Some examples of possible searches are:
Section 1: The Incorrect Way to Search for Mountains in MissouriThis example will walk you through how to find all of the mountains in Missouri. Not the premier state in terms of mountains, but it will serve well for this example.
Assume you start by performing a search on the term "Missouri." Seems like a logical place to start, right? To your surprise, you only get one result and it is the mountain in Colorado named "Missouri Mountain." What is going on here?
Well, you just performed a search to find all mountains with "Missouri" in the name. Not what you intended, right? So what do you do? This tutorial will give you the basics for performing a geography based search.
OK, so let's begin.
So this is your first attempt at finding the mountains of Missouri. At this point, you are probably thinking: "I do a search for Missouri, but I don't get any results in Missouri, just some mountain in Colorado"...Not what you expected, right? Not to worry, we will get it sorted out.
Section 2: A Step in the Right Direction -- The Advanced Search LinkYour first step to searching nirvana is to click on the little link labeled "Advanced" next to the "Go" button label. This baby will unlock the door to searches you never knew were possible. Virtually any search you can think of for a particular object type can be performed using this form.
Section 3: Finding Which Search Options You WantNow, your initial reaction may be "Oh my goodness...what did I just do?" It may look overwhelming at first glance, but I assure you, there is nothing to be afraid of.
If you read down through the list of searchable characteristics, I am sure you will recognize most or all of them. If there is one you don't recognize, it can be helpful to click on the select box to look at the options.
In this example, we are looking for the Mountains of Missouri. We notice that US State is one of the search options available here, so let's make our way down to that select box labeled "US State." See below in Figure 3.
Section 4: Selecting The Right OptionAlright, we are almost there now. We found the search characteristic that we want. Now we just have to select the proper option from the select menu. That's simple enough. See below.
Section 5: No search text is requiredNow this may seem counterintuitive, but you are not required to put any search text in the main text box next to the "Go" button. If you want to make the search stricter and only search for mountains with a particular word in their name, you can add this word to the text box.
In this example I want ALL the mountains in Missouri, so I don't put any text in the search box to restrict my search.
The last step is to hit the "Go" button.
Section 6: The Results You Have Been Searching ForThere they are! All the glorious mountains of Missouri...well...all 3 little rolling hills that have made their way into SPs search index so far that is. See below in Figure 6.
Section 7: ConclusionWell, I hope that you have gained the knowledge necessary to find mountains or any other objects (Routes, Images, Areas, etc.) based on geography from this lesson.
For reference, here is a link to the search results generated by this tutorial.
It should be noted that I could have also selected "North America" for the continent and "United States" for the country along with the US State "Missouri" and the search results would have been identical.
I think that you will find our search engine here on SP will give you much more accurate results than the standard text based search engine. You have the ability to perform searches that produce very specific results that you could never get with a normal text based search engine like google or yahoo for example.
Here are some examples of what I mean:
All of these searches and many, many more are just a few clicks away by using the advanced search form.