The advanced search helps to aggregate more precise, defined search results.
Please note: Beacon users are prohibited from conducting searches for any illegal material on the platform except as expressly permitted for the purposes of law enforcement, such as investigating crime.
The advanced search allow you to filter by title, category, email, date published, site, language, date crawled, or sort type.
Filtering by title allows you to specify your search results by specific keywords.
Tip: to exclude a particular keyword from your search results' titles, simply place a dash in front of the word. Ex: -dog
Let's say you wanted the title of your search results to contain the word "Pet" and also either the word "Buy" or "Sell", but not include any "Dogs". You'd format your title filter as follows:
Filtering by category helps you sift through the weeds and find search results most relevant to your query. You filter your search by one or more of the given categories: drugs, personally identifiable information, hacking, terror, weapons, sexual, and financial.
Search for any emails-of-interest using the email filter.
The date published filter represents the results filtered according to the date they were published. Note that often, websites do not consistently provide an accurate published date, meaning they will not exist in the result.
Filtering by date published allows you to pinpoint a date range you'd like your search results to be aggregated from. Only search results published within the specific date range will be returned. Note: Beacon can retrieve search results from up to 2 years in the past.
You can tailor your search to scan through specific websites using the site filter. You can pair your website search with a keyword search to search for specific terms within specific websites, or do a broad search of any content within a specific website.
The language filter gives you the ability to filter your search results by a specific language.
The date crawled filter represents the results filtered by the date they were scanned and saved in our API. The crawled date of a result will always exist and might be different than the published date.
Filtering by date crawled allows you to pinpoint a date range you'd like your search results to be aggregated from. Only search results crawled by Beacon within the specific date range will be returned. Note: Beacon can retrieve search results from up to 2 years in the past.
Beacon defaults to sorting your search results by relevancy. Through the "sort by" filer, you can toggle the search to be sorted by date crawled, or remain sorted by relevancy.