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Boolean Searching

Boolean Search is a search that uses Boolean Operators to combine keywords. Boolean Operators, also known as connectors, are words placed between search terms to narrow or expand a search. These help you to find more relevant search results.  

The most common Boolean Operators are:

  • AND
  • OR
  • NOT


Most databases use the words And, Or, Not as connectors, however you may encounter a database that uses symbols (+ - &) instead of words.

Always consult thehelp button icon section of a database to find out which words or symbols are used.

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