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We have a webpart to search documents that is not searching the sub-site of the site where the search webpart is placed

Any suggestion on why the webpart does not give results of the documents located on a subsite.

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Have you configured your search based on Scope ? If not try create one on site collection or central admin. Add a new rule which includes a link to the subsite and check how many items it shows. Remember to include the items.

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+1 You should always check central admin first! – Benny Skogberg Dec 24 '12 at 7:57

WHat is the depth selected in the content source, make sure that the content source setting is set to crawl everything under the given URL.

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