Is there a way to limit a search to questions only or answers only?

Sometimes I am looking for specific questions, checking for duplicate questions or just simply searching for a problem, not a solution. Other times I might be looking for answers containing certain keywords. Either way there are often many questions/answers in the search results which I am not looking for.

In light of this I think it might be helpful to be able search questions only or answers only, and I would like your opinion on this. Is there a way to do this?

If there isn't a way to do this, is it necessary? Is it plausible?

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    Have you looked at the help in the sidebar of the search page?
    – Catija StaffMod
    Dec 20, 2017 at 14:25
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    is:q, is:a... Dec 20, 2017 at 14:26

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The Help page for Search lists a number of operators you can use to make your searches more powerful. Near the bottom, under Miscellaneous operators you'll find is:question and is:answer, which are fairly self-explanatory. (They can be shortened to a single letter, so is:q and is:a also work.)

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    I've never seen that, even though I have read a lot of the content under our model! Thank you.
    – hat
    Dec 20, 2017 at 14:58

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