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Search & Search Commands

Search

Advanced Search is the default search mode.

Advanced Search

  1. Enter your search query in the Find boxes.
     
  2. Choose a specific search field from the drop-down list.
     
  3. Use operators to combine two or more search fields.
     
  4. Refine the search by Limiters if necessary.
  5. Click Search.

Click Help for more search assistance.


Search Commands
 

Boolean Operations

  • AND --- Combines search terms so that each result contains all of the terms.
    e.g., China and panda will only find articles that contain both words.
     
  • OR --- Combines search terms so that each result contains at least one of the terms.
    e.g., children or teenager will find articles that contain either children or teenager.
     
  • NOT --- Excludes the occurrence of search terms in the results.
    e.g., beer not wine finds articles on beer, excluding those which also mention wine.
     

Wildcard & Truncation

  • Wildcard (?) --- Stands for one character embedded within or at the end of a word.
    e.g., wom?n will find articles that contain woman or women.
     
  • Truncation(*) --- Stands for any number of characters at the end of a word.
    e.g., comput* will find articles that contain computer, computers, computing or computerize.
     

Proximity

  • Within (W#) --- W5 will find results containing search terms that are within 5 words of each other, in the exact order entered.
    e.g., school w5 science will find results that contain "school of science" but not "science school".
     
  • Near(N#) --- N5 will find results containing search terms that are within 5 words of each other, regardless of the order in which they appear, # can be any numeric value.
    e.g., tax n5 reform will find results that contain "tax reform" or "reform of income tax".
     

Search Precedence

  • Parentheses (...) --- Words in parentheses will be searched first.
    e.g., (real estate or real property) and China.

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