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Advanced Keyword Search Tips Examples
Multiple Words When searching multiple words the system will automatically suppply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.

university science department

university and science and department

Phrase Searches Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed. "university science department"
Wildcards
*

The asterisk ('*') matches up to five non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "inter*" will match "internal" and "internet", but will not match "international". The '*' wildcard may only appear after at least two characters.

The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. For example, "colo*r" would match both "color" and "colour".

environment* polic*

 

**

Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "inter**" will match all words that begin with "inter" (e.g., "internal", "internet", "international", etc.).

The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.

comp**

? You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word. wom?n
Boolean and Proximity Operators
Boolean Operators

Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list.

stocks [and]
bonds

stocks [or]
bonds

stocks [and not]
bonds

Proximity Operators

The NEAR operator is used to retrieve records that contain the specified words or phrases within ten words of each other in the same indexed field.

The WITHIN operator is similar to the NEAR operator, but allows the user to specify the maximum number of words that may appear between the specified words. WITHIN 10 and NEAR are equivalent.

international near conference

fractal within 3 geometry

Field limits

Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list in the form above. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).

The adjacent field limits are supported:
Field limit Meaning
Community: Search community information only
Collection: Search collection information only
Creator: Search only creator/author fields
Title: Search only title fields
Subject: Search only subject fields
Format: Search for specific file types (i.e., jpeg, mp3)

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