This section is an introduction to the LISTSERV archive search functions using email, and it is intended to be a reference document for general users with little or no knowledge of database search systems. It does not contain any technical information that general users would have to worry about.

This section will discuss the syntax and operational characteristics of the LISTSERV database subsystem. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with his or her email client and familiar with sending commands to a LISTSERV server.

If you just need a "quick start", read the next two sections for basic instructions. If you want a detailed tutorial on how to use the SEARCH command itself, you might want to skim the next two sections, and then start reading Section 11.3 The SEARCH Command.


11.1 Basic search session

11.2 Narrowing the search

11.3 The SEARCH command