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Search tips! What search terms can I use to improve search results?

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014  |  237 Views
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  • Phrases - Use " "

To perform a phrase search wrap the entire search phrase in quotes.

e.g. "san francisco"

  • Wildcard  - Use ? or *

To perform a single character wildcard search use the ? symbol.

e.g. to search for "text" or "test" you can use the search:


To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the * symbol.

e.g. to search for test, tests or tester, you can use the search:


You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term.


Note: You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search

  • Range Searching - use [ ]

To search for a range of years, put years in this format [2010 TO 2013]

e.g. fiction [2010 TO 2013]

  • Boolean Operators - use AND, +, OR, NOT and -

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined with logic operators. The following operators are allowed: AND, +, OR, NOT and -

e.g. fiction AND love

e.g. cats NOT fiction

Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS

The AND operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the AND operator is used.

The AND operator finds a matching record if BOTH terms exist in the record.

The OR operator finds a matching record if EITHER term exist in a record.

e.g. mystery suspense

This will search for records with the terms "mystery" AND "suspense"

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