Example Search Database
People occasionally ask if they can help contribute data to my search engine. YES! Please contact me before you do anything, but chances are I'll take anything that I don't already have.
It's not tough to contribute. What you do is go through the magazine and write one line for each article. There are four fields per line, each separated by vertical bars (|, usually the shifted \ key). The first field is the date of the magazine in YYYYMM format. The second field is the page number on which the article starts. The third field is the title of the article. The fourth field contains any key words not found in the title.
There are a few guidelines I'd like you to follow when contributing entries. First, use correct capitalization. While it won't affect the search engine, it looks more professional when the search results are returned to the user. Please separate key words or phrases by a comma and space rather than just a comma or just a space. Again, it just looks more professional. The key words field is the toughest to write. The idea is that if you searched for a word and would want this article to show up as a "hit," then that word or phrase should be present in either the article title or key words field. Users are encouraged to search for the singular version of most words, so keep that in mind when listing key words. Please don't abbreviate key words or use slang like "tranny," "t-case" or "pumpkin" -- use "transmission," "transfer case" or "differential" instead. When only specific parts are discussed, I also try to give a single overall key word like "engine," "body" or "axle." Sometimes the article title says it all, so no key words are necessary.
I generally index the editor's forward and any technical letters to the editor, but I don't usually index "fluff" letters like "why don't you show more Fords." I also don't index readers' rides sections, since virtually every four wheeling term will be mentioned in any given month and you don't want them to show up for most searches. Full-page writeups on a single rig do get indexed, though. Once you've indexed an entire magazine, email me the index file at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's generally best to start with the newest issues and work your way back as time allows.
Confused yet? Here's the index for two months of Petersen's 4-Wheel and Off-Road. Still confused? Feel free to ask any questions by emailing me at email@example.com. Once you get the hang of it, it's really pretty easy. It takes me about 45 minutes to index one issue.
199805|22|Go Deep!|axle, transfer case, gear ratio choices 199805|34|R&P Quality|axle gear manufacturing process 199805|47|Gearing Down|transfer case low range gear upgrades 199805|55|Tranny Guide|Jeep transmission gear ratios, factory options 199805|60|All Geared Up|gears & parts buyer's guide 199805|64|21 Road in Snow|Grand Junction, Colorado, T-Rex Trail 199805|70|Pro-Jection Prognosis|Holley fuel injection 6-month road test, EFI 199805|74|Hubs!|4 to 1's YJ/XJ/ZJ wheel hubs, axles 199805|78|4x4 Formulas|math, center of gravity, displacement, compression, RPM, engine, gear ratios 199805|84|'99 GMC Sierra|new pickup introduction 199805|88|More NP231 Beef|transfer case upgrades, CV-joint driveshafts, low range gears, tail shaft eliminators, neutral 199805|98|B&M Transpack Installation|automatic transmission shifter upgrade 199805|106|The Adventure|Calico, '47 Jeep CJ-2A flat-fender 199805|112|Crank It!|neutral safety bypass, clutch 199805|114|Bulletproof Protection|body armor buyer's guide 199805|116|SpeedGlass|indestructible replacement windows, windshield 199805|122|Turquoise Trouble|Jim Cole's '82 Jeep CJ-7, spring-over-axle suspension 199805|127|SkyJacker's 3-Inch XJ Kit|Cherokee suspension lift 199805|130|Clutch Craft|manual transmission explanation 199805|140|Trial and Air|Rod Janssen's '86 Ford Bronco II, 4xFun Fest race truck 199805|143|Canadian Power|Tim Garton's '77 Chevy Blazer 199805|147|Flow Meter|aftermarket water pumps, engine 199805|152|'89 Acura SLX|road test 199805|155|Catalog Section| 199805|164|Nuts & Bolts: Mopar Muscle|Chrysler 440 V8 & Dana 60 axles in CJ-7 199805|164|Nuts & Bolts: Night Flasher|CJ-7 headlight problem 199805|164|Nuts & Bolts: Parts is Parts|NP203 transfer case 199805|164|Nuts & Bolts: Keep on Vannin'|4x4 Ford van conversion 199805|166|Nuts & Bolts: Suzi Swap|Jeep 2.5L engine in Suzuki Samurai 199805|166|Nuts & Bolts: Overdrive Option|Dodge M-37 2-speed axle, gears 199806|7|4xForward: Driver's Ed|stupid drivers, driving schools 199806|15|Homegrown How-Tos|locking receiver hitch pin, antiseize for belt squealing, pickup bed rock chip prevention 199806|22|50 Tips & Tricks|cheap ideas 199806|42|Tierra Del Sol|Cabazon, Salton Sea, rocks 199806|48|Northern New Mexico Crawling|Farmington, rocks 199806|54|Snowtime Boggin'|Ramsey, Minnesota, mud 199806|58|Locker Pros & Cons|traction control, axle differential, ARB install, Lock-Right install 199806|64|50 Readers' Rides| 199806|80|Pack for the Trail|equipment storage 199806|87|Events Guide|4xFun Fests, U.S. Truck Fests, schedule, tips 199806|103|Tough-Hide|diamond plate rust repair 199806|110|Outdoor Gear Buyer's Guide|camping equipment 199806|116|Fuel Cell Installation|bed-mounted gas tank 199806|127|HEI Upgrade|Accel electronic ignition installation in GM, distributor, engine 199806|132|Project Prerunner: part 1|'98 Ford F-150 buildup, Gibson exhaust, Trail Master suspension lift 199806|138|SuperBurban|'64 Chevy Suburban buildup 199806|140|Use Your Head|'83 CJ-7 buildup 199806|146|Suzuki Grand Vitara|first look, road test 199806|152|Cool Crusin'|$80,000 '93 Chevy Z-71 pickup buildup 199806|159|Slushbox or Saviour?|automatic transmission pros & cons, torque converter explanation 199806|172|Nuts & Bolts: Juice Swap|automatic transmission swap into '76 CJ-7, 2-Low position in Dana 20 transfer case 199806|172|Nuts & Bolts: Little Old Beater|'82 Datsun lift kit, 10-15 tire size explanation 199806|172|Nuts & Bolts: Don't Do It|crossmember-mounted tow points, tie-downs 199806|175|Nuts & Bolts: Hot Time|F-150 disc brake swap, over-heating problems 199806|176|Nuts & Bolts: Bronco Brakes|'74 Bronco disc brake or axle swapBack to search query page
last updated 3 Nov 98 Obi-Wan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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